High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network
HPWREN
Sky Oaks October 12, 2005
Ecosystem research conducted at Sky Oaks by John Gamon's group at CalState LA using HPWREN

CalState LA is conducting research at SDSU's Sky Oaks Biological Field Station to understand the controls of the key ecosystem processes under different disturbance regimes.

Volcan Fire October 11, 2005
HPWREN's Fifth CDF Incident Response Deployment

HPWREN provided wireless high-speed data connectivity to the Incident Command Post for the Border 50 fire, and earlier for the Volcan Fire.

MOBLAS 4 September 30, 2005
NASA Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Program Site Connecting via HPWREN

The NASA Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) Program has recently become a collaborator of the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network.

HPWREN Users Workshop September 27, 2005
HPWREN Annual Users Workshop hosted at the SDSU Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve

On September 22, 2005, the 2005 HPWREN Annual Users Workshop was held at the San Diego State University's Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, which is part of the SDSU Field Station Programs.

P. profundum chromosome September 23, 2005
International Genome Research Facilitated Using HPWREN for Data Exchange and Communication

Marine microbiologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and genome analysts at the University of Padua, Italy have announced the elucidation of the complete genome sequence of a remarkable microorganism that thrives at 4,000 pounds per square inch in the deep sea. The results were published this year in the journal Science.

UCSD CSE/ECE poster September 9, 2005
HPWREN establishes research relationships with UCSD CSE/ECE faculty and graduate students

In support of managing resources in heterogeneous wireless sensor networks, HPWREN has teamed up with the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments to create a joint research activity.

helitack base helicopter August 16, 2005
HPWREN establishes connection to CDF Helitack Base at Gillespie Field

A recent HPWREN connection was established to provide high speed data connectivity in support of firefighting activities of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at the eight helicopter Gillespie Field Helitack Base in El Cajon.

liquefaction August 15, 2005
NEES Liquefaction Experiment Uses HPWREN for Real-Time Data Communications

Extreme ground shaking during earthquakes can dramatically decrease the stability of saturated soils to the point where the soil becomes a viscous fluid. This behavior, called liquefaction, can cause severe damage to buildings and other structures as their foundations can slide or unevenly settle.

10th planet July 30, 2005
Palomar Observatory Planet Discovery Utilized HPWREN for Data Transfers

Astronomers at Caltech have announced the discovery of a tenth planet in our solar system, utilizing the HPWREN connection to transfer the image data.

Lyons Peak July 22, 2005
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection airlift replacement sensors for HPWREN real-time weather alerts

HPWREN's current main fuel sensor for real-time alerts is at an HPWREN backbone site at Lyons Peak in San Diego County and needed its annual replacement.

PBO GPS network July 5, 2005
Plate Boundary Observatory site connected via HPWREN at SDSU's Sky Oaks Field Station

A new Plate Boundary Observatory measurement station at Sky Oaks will play a key role in assessing the interseismic and coseismic displacements along the San Jacinto fault zone and will further help in unravelling the tectonic puzzle of the western US.

Chaparral at Sky Oaks July 4, 2005
HPWREN collaborates with the San Diego State University's Field Station Programs to connect their Sky Oaks Field Station

The Sky Oaks Field Station has been the main SDSU site for chaparral ecosystem research since 1982. The addition of HPWREN to the field station will allow continued and improved dispersal of these unique data sets.

Mesa Grande installation July 1, 2005
HPWREN's continued collaboration with Native Americans results in various opportunities across research, education, and first responder activities

The recent NSF ITR award for HPWREN includes a component for a renewed distance education activity between Native Americans and HPWREN. The Tribal Digital Village Network offered its solar-powered Mesa Grande 80-foot tower site as a relay site for this.

SDSC-MS 11GHz upgrade June 28, 2005
HPWREN's first 11GHz licensed link was installed between the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Mt. Soledad

As part of an upgrade plan to move near-coastal paths to licensed spectrum, HPWREN upgraded the link between the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Mt. Soledad backbone site from 5.8GHz radios to 11GHz.

Palomar Observatory June 20, 2005
Palomar Observatory's Open House will include HPWREN Poster

On Saturday, June 25, 2005, the Palomar Observatory will have an Open House from 9AM to 4PM, which will also display an HPWREN poster. The Open House will feature talks on Palomar research by noted astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, various tours, and other things.

Wolf sounds June 17, 2005
The California Wolf Center and HPWREN Collaborate on Real-Time Acoustics Sensors Project

The recent addition of an audio sensor system will allow wolf pack vocalizations to be monitored, recorded, and used for educational and research purposes.

Helo deployment May 30, 2005
Fire Exercise Allows HPWREN to Work with CDF and San Diego Sheriff's Department for Airdrop-Based Network Relay Installation Demonstration

With the summer fire season fast approaching, multiple agencies recently teamed for a Wildland Readiness Exercise at Lake Hodges. The primary objective of the HPWREN participation was to practice a helicopter-based deployment of an ad-hoc data communications relay site.

weather sensor April 12, 2005
A Short Case Study of HPWREN-Connected Anemometers in Hostile Weather Conditions

Various wind sensors were tried at the Mount Laguna HPWREN backbone site. Strong wind gusts and ice buildup required an iteration on types of survivable anemometers.

Acoustics sensor April 2, 2005
HPWREN Team Experiments with Real-Time Data from Automated Wildlife Acoustics Sensors

Originally instigated more than a year ago by the desire to capture wolf howls at the California Wolf Center, it became desirable to add an automated acoustics capability to HPWREN sensors.

Palomar Observatory March 28, 2005
The Palomar Observatory Link to HPWREN has been Upgraded to an FCC-Licensed Band

To increase the reliability and predictability of the link to the Palomar Observatory, the California Institute of Technology provided equipment funding and staff support to upgrade the 5.8GHz 45Mbps full-duplex HPWREN link to FCC-licensed 6GHz band radios.

OFIS tube March 10, 2005
UCSD Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensor Utilizes HPWREN for the Data Transport from the Piñon Flats Observatory

An Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensor (OFIS), is a revolutionary new instrument to record atmospheric acoustic waves at frequencies below that which a human can hear. It functions as a directional microphone tuned to listen to the whispers in the atmosphere. Recording these whispers, this instrument will facilitate the investigation and monitoring of a wide variety of phenomena including meteors, thunderstorms, atmospheric turbulence, volcanic processes, earthquakes, surf conditions, and certain human activities.

Fog and Clouds February 22, 2005
Time Lapse Animations from HPWREN Cameras show Interesting Cloud and Fog Formations

The recent rains in San Diego County were an opportunity to observe interesting cloud and fog formations.

GPS receiver February 16, 2005
San Diego County Real-Time Very High Rate High-Precision GPS Network Interfaces via HPWREN

The HPWREN communications backbone is being utilized to develop the San Diego County Real Time GPS Network (SDCRTN), a collaboration of UCSD/SIO and San Diego County's Department of Public Works and Sheriff's Department.

Sonograms February 10, 2005
Santa Margarita Species Acoustic Monitoring via HPWREN

The microphone is one of the few sensors that can quantify species specific occurrence in the ecosystem. The goal is to establish long-term acoustic monitoring sites in unique ecological landscapes to characterize its acoustic signature. This research is testing the idea that the soundscape is a valuable ecological attribute and that long term acoustic monitoring can provide important information about ecosystem dynamics.

Mexican Wolf February 5, 2005
Update on HPWREN use at the California Wolf Center

Over the last year the collaboration between the California Wolf Center and HPWREN was extending the wireless connection via fiber-based networking throughout major parts of the Wolf Center. This will eventually lead to additional instrumentation, including cameras, and extend into the areas where the Center supports endangered Mexican Wolves.

Ring laser at PFO February 3, 2005
Installation of an HPWREN-connected High Precision Ring Laser at the Pinyon Flats Observatory

A newly developed high precision ring laser developed was recently deployed at Pinyon Flat Observatory (PFO) in southern California. This new sensor has a high sensitivity towards measuring the Earth's rotation.

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