New features improve accuracy of real-time weather observation
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
XLS) has introduced new features to Helios,
a weather intelligence product, which includes an updated user
interface, camera network and analytics that provide accurate real-time
weather observation information.
Helios has been upgraded to track environmental conditions in real time
using existing surveillance and traffic cameras synchronized with the
Helios map. Bookmarks can also be used to save options such as map zooms
and page settings without losing valuable time.
The Helios product reflects Exelis focus and expertise in the
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and analytics enterprise
area, developing out of core competencies in weather and image science.
It transforms an observation-only vision system, like cameras, into an
intelligent environmental sensor system to answer the demand for
“hyperlocal” or street-scale weather data not currently available
through conventional weather observation networks.
“These new features add to our ability to provide data about what’s
happening right now where users are,” said Eric Webster, vice president
of the Exelis Geospatial Systems weather business area. “Helios provides
users the best observation picture of current weather on local roads and
Modifications to Helios analytics provide more realistic
large-visibility changes and improved accuracy for rain detection and
surface wetness. The ability to query large data sets has also been
added to the camera application program interface to make finding
information easier. Exelis has also integrated cameras in Oklahoma and
Washington, D.C. to the Helios network, bringing broader coverage of
real-time weather data across the United States.
The platform integrates networks of surveillance cameras already in use
to watch traffic, facility security and railroad assets for weather
monitoring. An enhanced application program and user interface allows
faster integration with existing infrastructure for commercial weather
companies, government agencies and industries, like transportation and
insurance, which rely heavily on weather data.
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information
and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer
knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable,
mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in
timing and navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, image processing
and distribution, communications and information systems, logistics and
technical services; and we are focused on strategic growth in the areas
of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and
composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs
about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more
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