NASA Spinoff

World Wind Tools Reveal Environmental Change

In 2010, Intelesense started working with The Nature Conservancy to deploy a remote monitoring system on 6,500 acres of intact native-dominated lowland and wet forest in the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The project involves the trapping of feral pigs to assist in conservation efforts across the area. “Our sensor devices allow us to transmit the state of the traps, images from the traps, and even allow personnel to remotely arm or trigger the traps, despite the traps being located deep in the rainforest,” says Montgomery.

In another environmental project, Intelesense is working with the Planetary Skin Institute to use information technology to help decision-makers manage scarce resources and risks. With 170 different layers, the visualization technology can show disturbances in land patterns; create views like global heat maps to identify hot spots; and zoom in to reveal roads, settlements, or other human factors.

As part of the Center for Island, Maritime, and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES) project, supported by the Department of Homeland Security, Intelesense is developing advanced sensors and data fusion and visualization for maritime domain awareness. “We’re integrating live feeds of satellite data, ship transponders, and advanced sensors and other maritime data into a visualizer that Coast Guard or others could use,” says Montgomery.

The company is also involved with the University of Hawaii and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to work on the Pacific Area Climate Modeling and Analysis Network (PACMAN) project. The goal of PACMAN is to help community groups work together and better understand the impacts of climate change locally, especially on the freshwater resources in Alaska and Hawaii.

Lastly, under the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, Intelesense is using its NASA spinoff technology to monitor public health in Ethiopia. As part of a large antiretroviral (ARV) therapy study, which uses ARV drugs to suppress and stop the progression of HIV, the project aims to provide a wireless infrastructure for transmitting patient and drug information from 126 clinics to five main hospitals.

By providing the infrastructure for spatial data, Hogan says World Wind exemplifies the NASA motto: For the benefit of all. “We’re providing the foundation for others to compete, innovate, and deliver solutions that result in higher quality and lower cost. World Wind provides a stimulus for companies like Intelesense to innovate.”

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