The ResilienX Team is proposing to develop a suite of innovative services to increase the reliability, robustness, and usability of urban weather data. Phase I focused on our Weather Sensor and Data Monitor (WSDM) service which was integrated into our commercial ISSA platform; FRAIHMWORK® (Fault Recovery and Isolation, Health Monitoring frameWORK). Our WSDM Service detects when a weather source is not providing valid or accurate data. These sources include IoT sensors, cameras, crowd sourced data, radar data, or even national, academia and private sector weather feeds. We focused this effort on low altitude, urban environments that have specific complex micro-weather challenges to enable the accelerated deployment of an initial urban wind model capability.
In Phase II, we are proposing to advance our capability by deploying a micro-weather model for the urban environment which considers the structure (i.e. building and terrain) using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) as well as meteorology at low altitude to optimize placement of new wind sensors in the selected urban environment. This model, known as Service to Provide OpTimized Observation Network (SPOT-ON), is the first known wind sensor placement optimization technique built for scaling across multiple urban domains worldwide.
Once the optimized sensor footprint is calculated, we will deploy a series of IoT weather sensors in a relevant urban environment. This deployment will enable comparison of weather source data to hundreds of simulated cases of the CFD model under varying weather scenarios to identify statistical outliers. Phase II will also focus on how weather contributes to a UAS operation risk assessment for both strategic and tactical planning. Since the future weather data and predictions sent to users rely on accurate and reliable wind sensor, verifying the validity of the wind sensor input data will enable trust of the output data created by TruWeather Solutions’ urban wind model.
NASA will find the output of this effort useful in their National Campaign effort around Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM). As NASA and its partners look at vertiport locations and urban flight routes, it will be crucial to understand where to place IoT weather sensors for the best ROI as well as how these sensors can contribute to an urban wind model. Additionally, capabilities developed will directly contribute to NASA System Wide Safety Team’s mission to enable In-time system-wide safety assurance (ISSA) capabilities within the AAM ecosystem.
There is a push for “Smart Cities” initiatives in the US right now. Our FRAIHMWORK solution and the WSDM Service fits perfectly into this concept. With TWS, we can provide a solution for domain-specific applications to understand what capabilities and regions are impacted by adverse or off-nominal weather conditions detected within the ecosystem.