Since 2001, HPWREN has collaborated to multiple public safety agencies, with a significant focus on the Cal Fire State of California firefighters. This is largely for operational purposes, such as providing connectivity to Incident Command Posts as they are being deployed for large wildfires, and connectivity to fire stations, camps, and air bases. In addition, HPWREN increases the situational awareness with its real-time environmental cameras and other sensors. Some of the meteorological sensors issue automated alerts of critical conditions to various public safety officials.
HPWREN, headquartered at the University of California, and as such a State of California entity, is providing high-speed and low-latency networking support to research, education, and public safety users. It operates on a cost recovery basis and is not a profit making corporation. The network topology can be found at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/Topo/ with the primary web site being at http://hpwren.ucsd.edu.
HPWREN operates as a partnership project, with its users predominantly in rural and remote environments. In addition, HPWREN staff aim to educate its users about the technologies used, thus creating a collaborative technology and expertise transfer environment where the users can actively participate in the network's evolution, to collaboratively make it meet their programmatic requirements.
HPWREN connection to the 2003 Coyote Fire Incident Command Post