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Exelis Unveils Weather Camera Platform; Eric Webster Comments

ExelisLogoITT Exelis has announced a new platform aimed at using traffic and surveillance cameras already in use to to collect weather information in real-time.

The company said Helios is intended to integrate cameras that watch traffic, facility security and railroad assets.

Eric Webster, vice president of weather systems for Exelis’ geospatial systems unit, said the company created Helios in an attempt to provide users hyper-local weather intelligence on a street-view basis.

“It's the difference between watching moving cloud cover across a regional map and seeing heavy rains on a street corner,“ he said.

Webster added potential users of hyper-local weather data include national and local agencies, utility companies, transportation services and first responders.

According to the company, users identify areas of interest to monitor and choose vantage points based on location, direction or warnings from the National Weather Service.

Exelis is demonstrating Helios this week at the American Meteorological Society's annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

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