Exelis Helios environmental intelligence platform analyzes images from TrafficLand roadway camera network to detect and track weather conditions at thousands of locations in over 200 U.S. cities
LAS VEGAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 6, 2014 — TrafficLand®, the largest authorized aggregator of live traffic video in the United States, and global aerospace and defense company Exelis, are working together to deliver real-time information about hyperlocal weather conditions.
The Helios environmental intelligence platform uses proprietary algorithms that give users the ability to monitor current conditions and detect changes in visibility, precipitation and road surface conditions at a hyperlocal, or street scale. Helios can then inform users of threatening conditions. Content from the Helios platform is available via API or Web interface for integration across platforms.
Exelis brings 45 years of weather intelligence and image science expertise to TrafficLands network of more than 15,000 Department of Transportation traffic cameras across the United States.
Demand for TrafficLand content historically spikes during severe weather events, demonstrating that people want accurate, timely information about weather conditions at roadside cameras on the roads they are traveling, said Lawrence Nelson, CEO of TrafficLand. This partnership creates a game-changing weather information platform that will help individuals using in-car and other connected devices, as well as public agencies, media and others make better weather-related decisions.
Exelis is applying similar science used for Earth imaging and environmental satellites, which produce weather data for forecasters, to the TrafficLand network of cameras, said Eric Webster, Exelis Geospatial Systems vice president of weather systems. Our proprietary algorithms can also provide ground truth to regional predictions.
TrafficLand is the largest authorized aggregator and distributor of live traffic video in the U.S. Its patented Image Engine® technology provides single-source access to live traffic video from over 15,000 traffic cameras, in over 200 cities. Video formats and services offered by TrafficLand support mobile applications, traveler information websites, broadcast traffic reporting, navigation devices and a dedicated service for DOTs and public safety agencies to aid traffic management and emergency response.
Exelis (NYSE: XLS) 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 information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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