March 16, 2008

HPWREN creates a project summary video for NSF

The HPWREN team and its collaborators created a high-definition video, requested by the National Science Foundation, which summarizes some of the project, and its interdisciplinary and multi-institutional nature. Since the request was for a short version, the duration is just over six minutes, and could only include a subset of HPWREN applications. A low-resolution Flash version is available at:


Individual clips include:

Title slide for the video

Hans-Werner Braun

James Hale

W. Scott Kardel

Patrick Valentino

Erin Hunt

Susan Teel

Andrea Compton

Frank Vernon

Pablo Bryant

Ron Serabia

Doretta Musick

Michael Peralta

Summary description:

The High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) is a National Science Foundation funded network research project, which also functions as a collaborative interdisciplinary and multi-institutional cyberinfrastructure for research, education, and first responder activities. The program includes the creation, demonstration, and evaluation of a non-commercial, prototype, high-performance, wide-area, wireless network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties.

The network encompasses backbone nodes located at the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University campuses as well as a number of hard-to-reach areas in remote environments.

The HPWREN backbone itself operates primarily in FCC-licensed radio spectrum, with project researchers using off-the-shelf technology to create a redundant topology. Access links often utilize licensed or license-exempt radios.

The network spans from the southern California coast to the inland valleys, on to the high mountains (reaching more than 8700 feet), and out to the remote desert. The network's longest link is 72 miles in distance, reaching from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD to San Clemente Island.

"For the past almost eight years, the project team has been working on developing solutions for the technological needs of hard-to-reach communities ranging from educators at rural Native American reservations to astronomers at remote observatories and field scientists at ecological reserves," explains Hans-Werner Braun, HPWREN principal investigator. "The HPWREN program also collaborates with rural firefighters, providing them with opportunities to experiment and utilize new technologies available for remote data transmission in areas that are often difficult to reach."

HPWREN is based on work funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 0087344 and 0426879, with more information available at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/. A news update section includes summaries regarding the research, education, and public safety activities discussed in this video.

Project Partners and Collaborators include:

  • Advanced National Seismic System
  • California Conservation Corps
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California Science Center
  • California State University Los Angeles
  • California Wolf Center
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • La Jolla Native American Reservation
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • NASA Satellite Laser Ranging Program
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Park Service
  • Navajo Technical College
  • Pala Native American Reservation
  • Rincon Native American Reservation
  • San Diego County Sheriff's Department
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Rosa Native American Reservation
  • Tribal Digital Village Network
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Forest Service
  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States Navy
  • University of California Riverside
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • Yale University

    Major related projects benefiting from HPWREN:

  • EarthScope: USArray and Plate Boundary Observatory
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
  • National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
  • Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
  • Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
  • Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)
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