Exelis 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 travel destinations.”
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, DC, 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.