Monday, January 11, 2010

Wireless in the Wilderness

"Wiring the Wilderness" is the NSF headline for their story about UC San Diego's HPWREN.
Photo caption: An HPWREN automated digital camera on Lyons Peak, Calif., captured an image around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2006, that shows the extent of the Horse Fire. The camera remotely collected many images that day, which the researchers were able to use to better understand the wildfire. Photo credit: HPWREN

HPWREN is a National Science Foundation funded network research project, which also functions as a collaborative cyberinfrastructure on research, education, and first responder activities. It includes creating, demonstrating, and evaluating a non-commercial, prototype, high-performance, wide-area, wireless network in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties. The network includes backbone nodes at the UC San Diego and San Diego State University campuses, and a number of "hard to reach" areas in remote environments.