REAL-TIME ENVIRONMENTAL INTELLIGENCE
There is a costly and dangerous gap in detecting and verifying severe and threatening weather in the US -- the lack of real-time intelligence for weather detection and analysis on a hyper scale.
The Helios platform provides real-time environmental intelligence, improving situational awareness, comprehension of weather threats, and decision making to protect lives and property.
MANY "EYES" UNITED BY A SINGLE "BRAIN"
Across the United States, tens of thousands of cameras monitor outdoor conditions, traffic flow, facility security, railroad property and other surveillance activities. Helios leverages these cameras, enabling users to monitor weather conditions on a hyper-local scale for areas and locations of interest. Helios aggregates images from disparate camera networks into a single source, and applies intelligent analytics and image processing to transform the single-purpose images into data-rich, multipurpose content. The result is relevant, localized, real-time intelligence about environmental conditions enabling enhanced situational awareness for better informed and more timely decision making for people monitoring and managing weather events.
PINPOINT CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES AS THEY HAPPEN
The Helios environmental intelligence platform integrates on-the-ground surveillance with conventional weather-tracking technologies to help understand events as they unfold, minute-by-minute, kilometer-by-kilometer. When adverse weather threatens, display images and video from a nation-wide network of traffic and surveillance cameras on a map accompanied with National Weather Service warnings, and other relevant weather data.
Helios can create real-time notifications for phenomena such as high winds, snow, localized flooding and fog using proprietary detection algorithms developed by Exelis. Notifications allow users to quickly view corresponding camera imagery for verification and closer monitoring. Helios also provides real-time video and time-lapse views, which are stored and available for post event analysis. Through Helios’ interactive on-screen visualization, users can integrate multiple weather observation and data layers, such as clouds, radar, NEXRAD and fixed stations as complementary content.
The applications for Helios extend to virtually any enterprise affected by or needing to respond to weather events, including:
• Disaster planning and emergency response
• Supply chain and logistics management
• Transportation, utilities and agricultural management
• Insurance and post-disaster assistance
• Broadcast weather outlets and other media
Helios provides the real-time access to observations at a hyper-local scale needed to fully comprehend the environmental conditions in an immediate area and make better informed decisions to protect life and property.
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