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T.W.I.N.S.: TORNADO WARNING INTERCEPTION NETWORK SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212149D
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-02
Document File: 7 page(s) / 55K

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Nico Donato: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

When tornados form, they generate electromagnetic fields and weak gravity fields due to air turbulence and rotating winds. Devices that are configured to detect these fields can be deployed within a grid area (e.g., at various locations within a town or city). The devices can be configured to communicate with each other and with a central detection manager that monitors the interaction between the devices. Based on the interaction between the devices, the central detection devices can determine a tornado’s location, direction and strength. This can provide vulnerable areas with accurate detection, strength and location information.

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T.W.I.N.S.: TORNADO WARNING INTERCEPTION NETWORK SYSTEM AUTHORS:
Nico Donato
Billy Moody

Ryan Thompson

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

                  ABSTRACT
When tornados form, they generate electromagnetic fields and weak gravity fields

due to air turbulence and rotating winds. Devices that are configured to detect these fields can be deployed within a grid area (e.g., at various locations within a town or city). The devices can be configured to communicate with each other and with a central detection manager that monitors the interaction between the devices. Based on the interaction between the devices, the central detection devices can determine a tornado's location, direction and strength. This can provide vulnerable areas with accurate detection, strength and location information.

             DETAILED DESCRIPTION
As a tornado forms, it creates electromagnetic fields (e.g., radio frequency or (RF)

fields) due to turbulence and rotating winds, as shown in an example in FIG. 1. These electromagnetic fields can interact with electromagnetic field detection devices in order
to indicate the strength and directionality of the fields, which ultimately helps to detect
the presence and location of the tornado. For example, a plumb line device may be used, which comprises a wire lead and a circular ring with a weight at the bottom of the weight. The electromagnetic fields cause the line to be pulled in the direction of the tornado, thus identifying the direction of the tornado's approach. A grid array system may also be used to detect the tornado based on the electromagnetic field. The grid array system utilizes detection devices similar to the plumb line device. For example, the detection devices may be a metal sphere suspended with a wire, which is dropped into the middle of a metal ring (e.g., unsheathed), as shown in FIG. 2. As the tornado forms, the

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electromagnetic fields cause an attraction between the wire and the metal sphere. Thus, the wire with the metal sphere will move toward the direction of the tornado. The grid array deploys multiple such devices along a grid area, as shown in FIG. 3. The grid area may constitute a specific geographical area of tornado detection (e.g., a town or city).

    The detection devices deployed in the grid array may communicate with one another using wireless point-to-point communication devices. Thus, as the electromagnetic fields of the...