The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), a University of California San Diego partnership project led by the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, supports Internet-data applications in the research, education, and public safety realms.

HPWREN functions as a collaborative, Internet-connected cyberinfrastructure. The project supports a high-bandwidth wireless backbone and access data network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties in areas that are typically not well-served by other technologies to reach the Internet. This includes backbone locations, typically sited on mountain tops, to connect often hard-to-reach areas in the remote Southern California back country.

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Dramatic rain fall, as seen by an HPWREN camera on Lyons Peak. To see the animation of this event, please click here.

UC San Diego’s HPWREN Workshop Attracts First Responders, Scientists, Educators

Firefighters Discuss Live Streaming Video from “Virtual Fire Towers”

Published April 24, 2019 by SDSC

By Kimberly Mann Bruch, SDSC Communications

On August 6, 2018, first responders received a 911 call reporting a fire. A quick check of a set of recently deployed fixed field of view cameras confirmed the presence of smoke, immediately followed by pointing the new ALERTWildfire PTZ cameras on Santiago Peak to confirm the fire’s location within the Cleveland National Forest and its significant potential for major destruction. Notifications were sent to the applicable agencies.

HPWREN Time Lapse or

Live Stream Videos

Fires, weather conditions, flooding, and other public safety conditions are scenarios where real-time sensor data distributions can become important aspects for situational awareness. HPWREN can now provide live feeds from most of its cameras, in addition to the post-processed videos shown at:

The animation below shows a fire at Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County, as seen from the combined North and East pointing camera images at the 69bravo helicopter deployment site. On the right part of the animation firehawk helicopters recharging water while hovering over one of the three 1000 gallon "pumpkins." The site was just automated, with the pumpkins refilling automatically between extractions. The video was encoded from once-per-minute frames at the original 5732x2026 pixel size of the combined images at 3 fps.

August 13, 2019 - Topanga Canyon Fire, helicopters and pumpkins, 180 degree view

HPWREN Web Cameras

Recently installed 360 degree view web cameras on Signal Peak.

Signal Peak is the highest mountain peak in the San Joaquin Hills area of Orange County.

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