The Discovery Channel has always tried to bring its audience the most amazing and exciting information related to science, technology, history, and space. However, when the Discovery Channel show "Storm Chasers" decided they wanted to provide fans with the most interactive and real-life sensation of what a tornado feels like they adopted the help of GPS tracking systems and live streaming video technology. The Storm Chasers goal is to allow fans of the show a way to watch every move the crew makes as they document the brutality and beauty of Mother Nature.
How the Storm Chasers crew is able to bring fans the unique view and feel of the tornadoes is simple. First, they place real-time GPS tracking devices and video cameras with Internet linking capabilities upon the vehicles going out into the field. The GPS tracking systems archive the real-time GPS data and allow fans to watch where the Storm Chasers crew is at live. Then they take the cameras recording and documenting the vivid images of tornado movement and destruction and upload the footage to the Internet. The combination of GPS tracking system technology and video technology allows fans to watch and feel a tornado in a whole new way!
The footage from the video cameras and data from the real-time GPS tracking systems was successfully uploaded online last year, allowing viewers and fans to watch a real-time footage of a tornado over Google Earth. Storm Chasers is hoping that they can have the same success with the GPS technology and surveillance style video cameras to record and stream live footage of hurricanes, ice storms, and other intense and severe storms.
The GPS monitoring devices, such as the SilverCloud GPS, used to monitor tornadoes are also used to keep track of storm chasers who are hunting down the powerful weather formations in their vehicles. The fleet management tool allows people in a command center to make certain those working in the field are safe, as the vehicle tracking systems report live location data every few seconds.
Would you watch the live streaming storm footage captured by GPS tracking system technology and video cameras?
Could the live footage help alert residents in high-risk areas, such as tornado alley, of pending storms moving in their area?