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CONNECT. TRANSFORM. AUTOMATE.
We Interrupt your Regularly
Scheduled Broadcast…
Real Time Lightning Alerts
From The Weather...
Agenda
 Lightning
 Project Overview
 Real-Time Sensors
 FME Processing
 Products
Lightning
 Lightning is Dangerous
 Deaths = estimated 9-10 per year
 Injury = estimated 164 per year
 Costs to busines...
Project Goals
 Public Alerts through:
 Alerts on TWN’s Website
 Alerts on local TV segments
 Alerts via Text/SMS and E...
What type of Sensors do you use?
 AVL
 Snow removal equipment
 Fleet tracking (emergency vehicles, taxis, bus
routing e...
Real-Time Sensors
 Pelmorex Lightning Detection Network
Project Infrastructure
TCP/I
P
JSON/JMS
SMS
Email
Mobile
TV
Processing
Read record
from data feed
Spatial Filter
(polygon contains
point)
POSTGIS
DB=postgis20
FeatureClass:
land_stan...
Key Transformers used
 TCPIPReciever
 SQLExecutor
 PointOnAreaOverlayer
 Tester
 JSONTemplater
 JMSSender
Implementation
Challenges
 Real-time data feed
 Volume of data
 Cross-platform development
 Short time frame
 Limited...
Products
 Website
Products
 Mobile
Next Products
 Dynamic Lightning maps on website
 TV &iTV Lightning Maps and Alerts
 Lightning Alerts on all phone plat...
Thank You!
 Questions?
 For more information:
 Fiona Hatfield - fhatfield@pelmorex.com
 Pelmorex Media Inc.
 www.thew...
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Real‐time Lightning Alerts

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Real‐time Lightning Alerts

  1. 1. CONNECT. TRANSFORM. AUTOMATE. We Interrupt your Regularly Scheduled Broadcast… Real Time Lightning Alerts From The Weather Network Fiona Hatfield GIS Developer @ The Weather Network
  2. 2. Agenda  Lightning  Project Overview  Real-Time Sensors  FME Processing  Products
  3. 3. Lightning  Lightning is Dangerous  Deaths = estimated 9-10 per year  Injury = estimated 164 per year  Costs to businesses, infrastructure and insurance  “Bolts from the Blue”  Frequency  lightning flashes occur in Canada about 2.34 million times a year, including about once every three seconds during the summer months.  We benchmark tested 50,000 strikes a second (aka stormagedon)
  4. 4. Project Goals  Public Alerts through:  Alerts on TWN’s Website  Alerts on local TV segments  Alerts via Text/SMS and Email  Alerts via Mobile applications  Also:  Dynamic maps  Interactive tools (distance calculator) “To provide information for the public’s safety and wellbeing”
  5. 5. What type of Sensors do you use?  AVL  Snow removal equipment  Fleet tracking (emergency vehicles, taxis, bus routing etc…)  Vessel tracking (e.g. exact earth)  Smart grid  Refrigerator?  Smart cars (e.g. tesla)  Mobile phones, Twitter, Instagram, social media
  6. 6. Real-Time Sensors  Pelmorex Lightning Detection Network
  7. 7. Project Infrastructure TCP/I P JSON/JMS SMS Email Mobile TV
  8. 8. Processing Read record from data feed Spatial Filter (polygon contains point) POSTGIS DB=postgis20 FeatureClass: land_standard_detail _lldd (zones) Zone active already? Check if last strike was within 5mins no Update last strike time Last_strike_date_time YES no Set zone to active STATUS=ACTIVE FMESERVER NOTIFIER Topic: activate_zone Content: notification_content yes POSTGIS DB=postgis20 FeatureClass: Strike_status PROCESS_STRIKES.FMW POSTGIS DB=postgis20 FeatureClass: lightningStokes Publish workspace with Job Submitter Send UPDATED Message to AMQ Send ISSUED Message to AMQ
  9. 9. Key Transformers used  TCPIPReciever  SQLExecutor  PointOnAreaOverlayer  Tester  JSONTemplater  JMSSender
  10. 10. Implementation Challenges  Real-time data feed  Volume of data  Cross-platform development  Short time frame  Limited staff resources Project  Six months to develop, test, deploy  Team: Developers, System Admin, Tester, Project Manager  Developers: Built, tested, documented system.  Included a specialist QA/QC tool: Lightning Viewer
  11. 11. Products  Website
  12. 12. Products  Mobile
  13. 13. Next Products  Dynamic Lightning maps on website  TV &iTV Lightning Maps and Alerts  Lightning Alerts on all phone platforms  Push notifications  User selectable warnings
  14. 14. Thank You!  Questions?  For more information:  Fiona Hatfield - fhatfield@pelmorex.com  Pelmorex Media Inc.  www.theweathernetwork.com

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