USGS Hawai’i Transformed Volcano Research

USGS Hawai’i – Powerful Solution Extends the Possibilities of Volcano Research
Meeting the Challenge

Every climb up the volcanic mountain brought new dangers and squandered valuable hours. Furthermore, the intense heat created by liquid magma could be severe to the fragile sensor hardware. The researchers of the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory obviously required a more secure and more proficient approach to screen volcanic movement on the island of Hawai’i.

The group scanned for an answer, at last recognizing the Enable-IT 860 Ethernet Extender as the ideal decision. Perceived for its rapid data conveyance, the 860 delivered a full scope of advantages suited to their requirements .

Enable-IT USGS HVO IP Camera and Enable-IT PoE Extender enclosure on the rim of Moku‘āweweo caldera near the summit of Mauna Loa.

How the Enable-IT 860 Transformed Volcano Research

First and foremost, the 860 Ethernet Extender kit drastically expanded the separation and pace at which high-grade data signals could travel. This permitted the examination group to screen volcanic action from the security of a remote area. The network configuration consisted of an 860 in the office, which housed the researchers; a remote 860 unit connected via copper-based cable to the office around 6000 ft. (1828.8m) away, powered by low voltage third-party solar panels; and sensors and cameras connected to the Enable-IT unit an additional 328 ft. (100m) away within the crater itself. This additional 328 ft distance was gained by plugging another Ethernet cable into the 860 end unit. Since the rugged 860 Ethernet Extender kit has been engineered to withstand temperatures of -49°F to 168°F (-45° to 76°C), it clearly was the extender best suited to withstand the intense air and ground heat.

The 860 Ethernet Extender matches LAN distance upgrade with incredible velocity and precision of data delivery. Transmitting up to 100Mbps full duplex, the unit delivers live streaming information day in and day out with split-second precision. Such fast information delivery enables researchers to watch events continuously in real-time.

Despite its distance-enhancing capabilities, the 860 is affordably priced and requires a scant 5 volts of power, which the USGS provided via third-party energy-saving solar panels. As a result, there was no need to utilize an additional power cable. Implementation of the unit also saves researchers hours of valuable time, as the system has disposed of the need of long, difficult mountain treks to set up and oversee hardware.


Key Benefits
  • Enhanced Safety – Enables live volcano monitoring from a safe distance, thereby taking both researchers and delicate equipment out of harm’s way.
  • Improved Data Delivery – Permits live monitoring of volcanic activity 24/7, providing the most up-to-date and accurate information.
  • Cost & Energy Efficiency – Modestly-priced unit utilizes third-party energy-efficient solar panel requiring only 5 volts of electrical power.
  • Time Savings – Eliminates need for long climbs up volcanic mountain.

The Expert Choice

Clearly, the highly-acclaimed Enable-IT 860 has proven a powerful, cost-effective solution for the diverse needs of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Enhancing both the safety of personnel and the speed and accuracy of critical information, the system undoubtedly will continue to play a vital role in the understanding, management, and prediction of volcanic activity.

Solutions Used
  • 860 LRE Kit – 100Mbps FD Throughput – worlds fastest Ethernet Extender