National Weather Service Studies Data from Harris Platform
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 | Comments

The National Weather Service will study localized weather data collected by Harris’ Helios digital platform in its National Mesonet Program, which leverages multiple observation networks located throughout the United States. Harris is providing the platform under a contract with Global Science and Technology.

The Helios digital platform pulls data from a nationwide network of 30,000 integrated traffic cameras, which use algorithms to detect surface wetness and ice, notifying users of changing road conditions. Several commercial weather companies use the technology to enhance and validate short-term forecasting. It is part of Harris’ broader portfolio of weather and environmental capabilities, which include weather and climate sensors and ground processing for space, air and ground sensors.

“The study will allow the National Weather Service to use Helios to complement and enhance its forecasts,” said Eric Webster, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions. “Having real-time, ground-level conditions pushed automatically to meteorologists would allow them to validate their forecasts and improve accuracy. Radar information does not provide actual conditions on the ground, so Helios can fill that critical gap.”

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