USGS Hawaii Volcano Research Gets Powerful Boost

Ethernet Extenders have enabled the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Research Team Better Tools for surveying volcanic activity

The Challenge…

Each time a person climbs a volcanic mountain, there are always new risks and wasted hours. On top of that, the delicate sensor equipment that is installed along the mountain can be damaged by the molten lava’s intense heat. This is why the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Observatory in Hawaii decided it needed a more effective way to keep an eye on the volcanic activity that occurred on the island. Not only did it need to be effective, it needed to be safer.

The team found its solution in the form of the 860 Ethernet Extender from Enable-IT. The 860 is well-known for its fast information delivery along with the array of benefits that comes with it. In fact, it was able to meet Hawaii’s USGS needs best.

What Are The Main Benefits Of The 860 Ethernet Extender?

• Improvement in Safety – The 860 lets researchers do live volcano monitoring at a safe distance, keeping them and their equipment out of danger.
• Better Information Delivery – Ensures live 24/7 monitoring so that information is both current and accurate.
• Energy and Cost Effective – It only needs five volts of electric power from an energy-efficient solar panel that’s reasonably priced.
• Saves Time – There’s no need for scientists to make the long haul up the volcano.

How Did The 860 Device Change The Face Of Volcano Research

The first thing to understand is that the 860 significantly boosted the speed and distance that high-grade information signals could travel, enabling research teams to watch the mountain’s activity from a safe distance in a remote location.

An 860 was installed at the office where researchers were and a remote 860 was installed at an area 6,000 feet away and connected by-way of a copper-based cable. These remote 860 gets its power from third-party solar panels, and the cameras and sensors are connected to an Enable-IT unit that’s about 100 meters away from the crater. The extra 328 feet came from the plug-in of another Ethernet cable that was installed into the 860.

Best of all, engineers designed the 860 to withstand temperatures of -49°F to 168°F, which made it a suitable alternative for volcanic research. After all, it would be able to withstand the intense ground heat and air.

The Enable-IT 860 improvement distance with unbeatable speed and preciseness of information delivery. It transmits up to 100Mbps full duplex, and the unit will live stream information 24 hours a day, seven days a week in milliseconds. Thanks to the speed in which information gets delivered, it’s allowed researchers to watch the volcano in real-time.

One might think that the price of such a device would be astronomical. However, the 860 is affordable and only needs 5 volts of power, attained through third-party energy saving solar panels. Therefore, there’s no reason to use power cables. Using the unit has saved researchers a ton of hours – no need for speed hiking all day, lugging sensitive equipment.

Is It The Right Choice?

The Enable-IT 860 has proven itself to be an extremely powerful and reasonably-priced solution for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory needs. It helps keeps their personnel safe but still gives the immediate information that’s important to the island’s safety. The system is likely to continue playing a huge role in the forecast of volcanic activities.