Use our mobile site at:    Follow Follow ITbriefing on Twitter   Follow ITbriefing via Facebook   Follow ITbriefing via RSS 
CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires

 Tags:   News: Cameras & Photography                This was published: 14 Feb 2018 - 02:26 am         Print article: Printer friendly page

CENIC Recognizes Technology Projects to Combat California Wildfires - on

In recognition of work to bring advanced IT and telecommunications to the fight to contain California wildfires, the WIFIRE, HPWREN, and AlertTahoe projects have been selected as recipients of the CENIC 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Experimental Applications.

Project leaders being recognized are Ilkay Altintas, San Diego Supercomputer Center; John Graham, Qualcomm Institute, University of California San Diego; Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno; and Frank Vernon, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD).

WIFIRE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project at UCSD that has developed real-time and data-driven simulation, prediction, and visualization of wildfire behavior. During this past year’s chaotic fires of Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego, WIFIRE’s publicly available fire map was viewed over 8 million times, while the WIFIRE team was in close communication with fire response agencies and chiefs from various fire departments (mainly from Los Angeles and San Diego). WIFIRE provided predictive maps for the Thomas, Skirball, Creek, Rye, and Lilac Fires in Southern California and monitored the first responder radio channels and fire perimeter information to quickly create simulations of the spread of specific wildfires.

The collection of this crucial data was made possible by the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), started in 2000 under NSF funding. HPWREN has built out high-speed wireless networks in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, and Riverside Counties, enabling hundreds of cameras and meteorological stations to stream critically important data to servers connected with each other by the CENIC backbone and providing wide-area wireless Internet access throughout southernmost California. HPWREN’s remote sensor network collects data from wildfire cameras, seismic networks, hydrological sensors, oceanographic sensors, meteorological sensors, and coastal radar and GPS, providing a groundbreaking wealth of information that is shared via the CENIC network.

“As a constant user and monitor of the HPWREN site for many years, I have enjoyed the evolutions that are taking place. The Whittier Fire [monitoring Santa Ynez Peak live] really highlighted the value of the system. I was glued to the camera that day as the fire climbed the ridge. Great live camera work by your team! The PTZ cameras and KML data are strong new assets,” said Dave Fleming, Lookout 23, Forest Fire Lookout Association, San Diego.

Similarly, AlertTahoe has, over the past five years, provided discovery, early warning, and monitoring for over 350 wildfires throughout the Sierras and Nevada’s Great Basin, giving wildland firefighting managers the essential time and information needed to move quickly and respond effectively. This system of pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) fire cameras and multi-hazard tracking includes time lapse footage on-demand, smoke investigation, prescribed fire oversight, wildfire tracking, earthquake early warning, and monitoring of extreme weather events.

“The safety of my firefighters and the communities they protect is my priority, so having more information about a fire before we encounter it is an added safety measure that benefits our first responders,” said San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy. “Having access to a live view of our highest-risk fire areas will greatly improve situational awareness, our coordination with CAL FIRE, and allow for quicker response times, better response strategies, and faster evacuation orders to ensure our communities are better prepared in the face of a wildfire. During the ignition of the Church Fire, I could watch the smoke on my phone – the color, the direction – and immediately knew the resources that I needed to deploy and the time they would be engaged. Furthermore, the crews could watch how the fire progressed on their tablets as they approached the fire, providing real-time situational awareness. These fire cameras are a game changer.”

WIFIRE, headed by Ilkay Altintas, merges observations, such as satellite imagery and real-time data from sensors in the field, with computational techniques like signal processing, visualization, modeling, and data assimilation, to monitor environmental conditions and predict where and how fast a wildfire will spread. The project is funded as part of the NSF Hazards SEES program, which enhances sustainability using advanced technologies and new methods. Participants in WIFIRE include researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) Qualcomm Institute, and the UCSD Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department. Also participating in the project is the University of Maryland's Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

“Wildfires have become a major threat to both Northern and Southern California. The WIFIRE, HPWREN, and AlertTahoe projects are now actively collaborating with each other, the first-responder community, and CENIC to give California new digital tools to reduce the wildfire danger, including early detection/warning, situational awareness, predictive simulations, and first-responder planning. Their pioneering results set the stage for wildfire threat reduction via wireless extensions from any CENIC-connected entity in California,” said Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

While working at UCSD’s Scripps Institution for Oceanography, Graham Kent was a strong collaborator on HPWREN. When he left to become a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, he founded AlertTahoe, a fire camera system that uses a private, high-speed Internet microwave communications system for real-time fire-spotting and monitoring. AlertTahoe provides coverage of the Lake Tahoe Basin and surrounding mountains, thousands of square miles of northern Nevada’s Great Basin, and regions as far south as Bishop, California, in the eastern Sierra.

The networked fire cameras discovered seven wildland fires in the Tahoe basin in AlertTahoe’s inaugural two-year deployment, and in 2017 alone provided discovery, early intel, and/or monitoring of 207 others. The HD/4K fire cameras are remotely controllable for tilt, pan, zoom, and, for some new cameras, continuous rotation.

"The cameras are strategically sited to provide a landscape overview," said Paul Petersen, Fire Management Officer, Nevada Bureau of Land Management. “All cameras are equipped with on-demand time-lapse functions to allow playback throughout different time periods. This allows dispatchers and duty officers to play back the camera feed to detect anomalies and gather a local picture of what is happening, and has happened, within the field of view of the camera. This camera network gives fire managers a real-time picture of what is happening from both a weather and fire behavior standpoint. We have almost 500 people looking at the public site at various times, and 12 duty officers and dispatchers have access to the cameras for tactical fire response 24/7.”

In 2017, AlertTahoe experimented with machine-vision auto-detect software, which is designed to automatically detect and report smoke. In 2018, Kent and co-founder Ken Smith will join forces with Doug Toomey at the University of Oregon to expand the system into Oregon and Idaho. Similar efforts with Neal Driscoll at UCSD are focused in the San Francisco Bay Area and Napa regions.

“The resources provided for our first responders and the public have made possible swift, effective fire-fighting and evacuation strategies, and potentially saved countless lives,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “The impact that these projects have made in keeping Californians, our communities, and our natural resources safe from wildfires is profound. The projects we are recognizing with this award have highlighted the usefulness and value of wireless extensions of the CENIC fiber network and set the stage for continued support and scaling up of these and other, related wireless initiatives.”

The CENIC Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year at CENIC’s annual conference to highlight the exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas. The CENIC conference will be held March 5 – 7, 2018, in Monterey, California.

Article source - Business Wire, all right reserved. Copyright 2018
Trademarks, logos, pictures and other items may be copyright of firms mentioned in this article.


Other related articles, tagged News: Cameras & Photography

· ACI Worldwide Presents Insights Into Fast-Growing Mobile Telco Payments Opportunity at Mobile World Congress   (02/22/18)
· eServGlobal Announces New Contract with Ooredoo Algeria   (02/22/18)
· TomTom Launches New Navigation for Motorbike Riders: the TomTom RIDER 550   (02/22/18)
· Maxar Technologies' DigitalGlobe Expands Agreements with Two Major Commercial Technology Customers, Extending Its Leadership Position in High-Resolution Satellite Imagery   (02/22/18)
· Mitsubishi Electric Delivers Radio Equipment for Communication-Based Train Control System on Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi Line   (02/22/18)
· Altice USA to Hold Conference Call to Discuss FY 2017 Results   (02/21/18)
· CyrusOne Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Earnings   (02/21/18)
· The Meet Group Announces Date of Earnings Release and Conference Call for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Financial Results   (02/21/18)
· Norman Regional Health System & Xenex Robots Team up to Fight Germs, Flu at Local Schools   (02/21/18)
· Knowles Appoints Ye Jane Li to the Board of Directors   (02/21/18)

>>>More articles  >>>

Latest tech videos:

· ONE Discovery Supports Women in eDiscovery as 2018 National Sponsor (2018-02-21 16:26)
ONE Discovery Supports Women in eDiscovery as 2018 National Sponsor - on

ONE Discovery, a leading developer of eDiscovery processing, review, management and trial preparation solutions, is pleased to be a 2018 national sponsor for Women in eDiscovery (WiE), the largest non-profit legal organization for women.

· InfiniBand Trade Association Members Conclude Most Extensive Compliance and Interoperability Testing Event to Date (2018-02-21 16:26)
InfiniBand Trade Association Members Conclude Most Extensive Compliance and Interoperability Testing Event to Date - on

The InfiniBand® Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand™ and RoCE specifications, today announced the availability of its latest InfiniBand Combined Cable and Device Integrators' List and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) Interoperability List. Held October 2017 at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), IBTA Plugfest 32 featured new member vendors, cables, devices and testing capabilities, making it the most extensive and successful compliance and interoperability event to date. The rigorous, independent third-party compliance and interoperability program ensures that each cable and device tested successfully meets end user needs and expectations of InfiniBand and RoCE technology.

· Nick Jr. Play Launches Internationally (2018-02-21 16:26)

Nickelodeon today announced the international launch of Nick Jr. Play: an interactive app experience that offers preschoolers their favorite Nick Jr. shows, games and music in one. Following the Nick Jr. app’s success in the US with more than 16 million downloads to date, the app goes global today with launches in the UK and Denmark, and additional markets to follow in the coming months.

· Coolpad Accelerates Wearables Market Growth with an Expanded Global Product Portfolio on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear Platforms (2018-02-21 16:26)
Coolpad Accelerates Wearables Market Growth with an Expanded Global Product Portfolio on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear Platforms - on

Coolpad Group, a leading global smartphone technology brand, today announced a global wearable product portfolio based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear platforms. The portfolio is focused on products that are tailored to meet the specific power, connectivity and location requirements of emerging wearable sub-segments, including smartwatches for kids, and smart trackers for pets, the elderly, and valuable assets.

· Attention Economy Propels Companies of All Sizes to Prioritize Video Marketing (2018-02-21 16:26)
Attention Economy Propels Companies of All Sizes to Prioritize Video Marketing - on

Today, Magisto is announcing that they are a YouTube Video Content Creation Certified Partner. As a Certified YouTube Partner, Magisto is working with businesses to industrialize video creation with the speed, quality and efficiency needed to actualize the potential of video marketing as a vehicle for business storytelling and customer acquisition.

· RegAResearch Publishes Reports on Two Reg A+ Companies: Robust Luxury Theater Business and Risky Crypto-Gamble (2018-02-21 16:26)
RegAResearch Publishes Reports on Two Reg A+ Companies: Robust Luxury Theater Business and Risky Crypto-Gamble - on

RegAResearch, the only media platform dedicated exclusively to news and analysis of Regulation A+ (“Reg A+”) companies, today announced the publication of two company-specific reports identifying a thriving luxury theater-and-restaurant operator along with a high-risk startup focused on the cryptocurrency industry. The reports are available now at

· McGohan Brabender Selects TechCanary Agency Management System and CanaryServices to Modernize Employee Benefits Support (2018-02-21 16:26)
McGohan Brabender Selects TechCanary Agency Management System and CanaryServices to Modernize Employee Benefits Support - on

TechCanary, a provider of a cloud-based, analytics-driven insurance solution and the #1 insurance solution inside the Salesforce CRM platform, today announced one of the nation's largest independent employee benefits brokers, McGohan Brabender, has selected the TechCanary Agency Management System (TC-AMS). Leveraging professional services from TechCanary subsidiary CanaryServices, McGohan Brabender looks to modernize its operations to best service its clients and achieve their agency’s growth objectives.

· Barr Group"s 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Reveals an "Internet of Insecure Things” (2018-02-21 16:06)
Barr Group’s 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Reveals an “Internet of Insecure Things” - on

Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts®, will release the final analysis of its 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey on February 27, 2018, at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany. Preliminary results reveal startling news regarding the state of security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Of the embedded systems developers working on internet-connected or IoT projects, 22 percent do not list security as a product requirement for their current project. With the growing number of hacks and cyberattacks threatening internet-connected devices, this statistic serves as a warning that security breaches and attacks will continue to plague the embedded system industry in the short-term future.

· Pitney Bowes to Host Analyst Day on March 6, 2018 (2018-02-21 15:46)
Pitney Bowes to Host Analyst Day on March 6, 2018 - on

Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), a global technology company providing innovative products and solutions to power commerce, will host its Analyst Day on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in New York City to update institutional investors and financial analysts on the strategic and financial priorities of the company. President and CEO Marc Lautenbach will discuss the company’s strategy, supported by Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stan Sutula and other key members of the Pitney Bowes senior management team.

· Marlette Funding Named a Finalist in Top Consumer Lending Platform in the Second Annual LendIt Fintech Industry Awards Competition (2018-02-21 15:26)

LendIt Fintech, the world’s leading event in financial services innovation, announced today that they have selected the Best Egg Personal Loan Platform provided by Marlette Funding, LLC, as a finalist in the Top Consumer Lending Platform category for the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards. The Top Consumer Lending Platform finalists were selected from companies that demonstrate a combination of loan performance, volume, growth, product diversity and responsiveness to stakeholders.

· Shenzen TiComm Selects Ethernity Network"s FPGA-Based SD-WAN Platform (2018-02-21 15:26)
Shenzen TiComm Selects Ethernity Network’s FPGA-Based SD-WAN Platform - on

Ethernity Networks (AIM: ENET.L), a leading supplier of data processing technology on programmable logic for high-end Carrier Ethernet applications and data processing offload, announced today that its low cost FPGA-based telco edge cloud platform has been selected by Shenzen TiCOMM, a Chinese SD-WAN solution provider.

· NGDATA Named 2017 Tech Trailblazer for Big Data (2018-02-21 15:26)
NGDATA Named 2017 Tech Trailblazer for Big Data - on

NGDATA®, the customer experience management solutions company, today announced it was named the 2017 Tech Trailblazer Award winner in the Big Data category. Lily™, the company’s next-generation customer data platform, helps companies use customer data to engage customers more effectively and deliver more relevant customer experiences powered by deeper insights and context around individuals and groups.

· Ping Identity Takes the Gold Cybersecurity Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year (2018-02-21 15:26)
Ping Identity Takes the Gold Cybersecurity Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year - on

Ping Identity, the leader in Identity Defined Security, today announced that it has been recognized as the Gold winner in the Identity Management category by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. The program celebrates industry leaders for producing innovative business technology in the cybersecurity space.

· Most Popular Famous Voices of 2018 Revealed (2018-02-21 15:26)
Most Popular Famous Voices of 2018 Revealed - on

In light of the upcoming 90th Academy Awards, has released the results of an industry survey to uncover the most sought-after celebrity voices of 2018. is the largest voice over marketplace in the world and is the online destination for producers to connect with international voice over talent.

· Unity Technologies Invites Thousands of Developers to Unite 2018, Announces Official Global Lineup (2018-02-21 15:26)
Unity Technologies Invites Thousands of Developers to Unite 2018, Announces Official Global Lineup - on

Unity Technologies (, creator of the world’s most widely used game engine and real-time development platform, announced today the dates and locations for its upcoming slate of Unite Conferences. Unity will be hosting Unite events in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin and Los Angeles - locations around the world that represent epicenters of creativity and innovation in their region. This year, Unity will demonstrate the power of real-time rendering made possible by Unity 2018, including deep dives into the new technologies unleashing breathtaking graphics and major performance increases.

· Octo"s Agile Web Presence Program Recipient of Prestigious DoD Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence (2018-02-21 15:06)
Octo’s Agile Web Presence Program Recipient of Prestigious DoD Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence - on

Octo Consulting Group (Octo), a premier next-generation IT Federal services provider, announced that its $38.9M Prime Development Program, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Agile Web Presence (AWP) and the PMO supporting that program, is the recipient of the annual David Packard Award for Acquisition Excellence sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)).

· Spok to Demonstrate Leading Healthcare Communication Platform at HIMSS 2018 Conference (2018-02-21 14:46)
Spok to Demonstrate Leading Healthcare Communication Platform at HIMSS 2018 Conference - on

Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: SPOK) and the leader in healthcare communications, will demonstrate the latest evolution of its integrated healthcare communication platform, Spok Care Connect, at the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, March 5-9 in Las Vegas. Continued innovation and development highlight a banner year for the company, with more than 100 new healthcare organizations selecting Spok Care Connect in 2017, including Grey Bruce Health Services, Vail Health, and Virginia Hospital Center. This brings the total number of hospitals and health systems using Spok solutions to over 1,900 including all organizations on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

· CobraXtremeHD Corp. Announces Launch of Official Website to Sport Camera Market (2018-02-21 14:46)
CobraXtremeHD Corp. Announces Launch of Official Website to Sport Camera Market - on

Force Protection Video Equipment (OTC: FPVD), which sells HD body camera systems and accessories for law enforcement, announced today the launch of the website.

© Website copyright Incandore Limited 2012. All rights reserved. All content copyrights / trademarks remain the property of their respective owners.