L3Harris Provides Free Access to Life-saving Technology During Hurricane Dorian
In September 2018, Hurricane Florence lashed North and South Carolina, bringing 13-foot storm surges and relentless rainfall. A year later as Hurricane Dorian left destruction behind in the Bahamas and took aim at the South Eastern shores of the US once again, meteorologists, emergency managers, and residents relied on L3Harris technology (from ground to space) to prepare to protect their lives and property.
Before, during, and after both Hurricane Florence and Dorian, L3Harris opened up its powerful Helios® real-time weather intelligence tool to allow more than 2,500 emergency managers, transportation officials, and residents free access to monitor the road conditions themselves. Helios® uses machine learning to automatically filter through thousands of traffic and web cameras in the Helios® network. During severe weather events, Helios boosts confidence in understanding ground conditions as it detects hazardous road conditions, such as pooling water. Helios improves the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster response and recovery, providing a unified operation picture to quickly deploy resources to the hardest hit areas.
We took a survey after the hurricanes to get feedback on how they used Helios. Here are the results:
More than 70% were satisfied with their experience using Helios 50% used it for business / 30% used it for personal / 20% used it for both Majority used Helios to:
- Monitor Hurricane’s path/advance
- Gain situational awareness of the storm
- View weather and highway visibility
- Manage road traffic and conditions
Fast and accurate local ground weather intelligence to enable real-time decision making.
Helios was used by multiple agencies and businesses during hurricane florence.
Helios solves weather challenges.