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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15 February 2021 - Sunrise as seen from Toro Peak

HPWREN Cameras are ideal instruments for demonstrating additional astronomical facts

September 14, 2020

By Robert Quimby
Director, Mount Laguna Observatory
Department of Astronomy, San Diego State University

The HPWREN camera archive contains millions of images that, when formed into time-lapse movies, can be used to illustrate subtle changes over long periods of time. Many examples of this have been created with a focus on the Earth, for example a La Cima time lapse video of the vegetation regrowth over many years after the Cedar Fire in 2003, but the images also capture some of the sky above.

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 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (2020)

Time-lapse video capturing 6 months of Jupiter and Saturn as they dance among the stars including their closest approach in 400 years on December 21, 2020 (and the closest visible in the last 800 years). The video was created by Dr. Robert Quimby, of the SDSU Department of Astronomy.

HPWREN Web Cameras

Recently installed 360 degree view web cameras on Green Peak.

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