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Access to largest U.S. traffic camera network will deliver real-time weather conditions in markets across the United States
ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 5, 2015— Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and TrafficLand, the largest authorized aggregator of live traffic video in the United States, have partnered to apply Helios next-generation image science to America’s largest traffic camera network. The combination makes it possible to deliver real-time information about weather conditions at a hyperlocal level that has never been available before.
The Helios digital platform applies Exelis image science to thousands of ground-based cameras and sensors across the United States. The Helios platform was developed out of Exelis core competencies in weather and image science and reflects the company’s focus and expertise in the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and analytics strategic area.
“TrafficLand offers Exelis direct access to its network of over 18,000 traffic cameras with coverage in every major market and along every highway system across the country,” said Eric Webster,Exelis vice president of environmental intelligence. “A formal relationship with TrafficLand provides us with high-quality data and a national footprint. We can apply our analytics to help customers with autonomous monitoring and detection of current weather conditions to increase their situational awareness, operational efficiencies, to prevent accidents, and even help save lives. Helios information supplements existing sources of weather data to provide users relevant context to weather events on the ground for better decision-making and validation.”
Access to the Helios data is made available through three standard application programming interfaces (APIs) called Helios4Forecast, Helios4Apps, and Helios4Enterprise. The APIs were designed for product managers, operation center managers and applications developers for easily incorporating relevant weather information into their forecasting tools, browser-based products, mobile applications, and enterprise systems. Custom APIs are also available to meet specific customer requirements.
“This exciting partnership with Exelis underscores the value of TrafficLand’s national camera footprint and makes it possible to leverage the unique capabilities our combined technologies offer,” said Lawrence Nelson, CEO of TrafficLand. “Live, accurate information about surface-level road conditions, available across platforms — specific to each user’s location — is a breakthrough, and it will support better decision-making by individual commuters, emergency responders and others.”
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions 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 positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered inMcLean, Va., Exelis employs approximately 10,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook,Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
TrafficLand is the largest authorized aggregator and distributor of live traffic video in the U.S. Its patented Image Engine® technology helps DOTs control unauthorized video access and unplanned demand spikes and provides single-source access to live traffic video from over 18,000 traffic cameras, in more than 200 cities on its network. 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. More information is available about TrafficLand at www.trafficland.com.