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How It Works...

Remote site typically collects data each 15 minutes and transmits via GOES satellite once every 4 hours. Sensors and data logger at remote sites provide data on a variety of conditions. Sites can collect and transmit on one-minute or random cycles to allow for special conditions. Reclamation's central downlink facility in Boise, Idaho receives and processes the data on VMS minicomputers. Some data are collected via line-of-sight radio links, then relayed to the Boise site. Data are distributed to users via Internet, DECNET, DOINET, dial-in modem, and web communication links.