TOA’s Real-Time System displays real-time lightning data through interactive maps.
The Google Earth interface provides the interconnection between the user Google Earth application and the TOA Gaia Google Earth Server. The web interface allows users to log in to TOA Gaia Google Earth Server and acknowledge alarms that are triggered by the application. The Google Earth Web Interface takes requests from Google Earth and sends them along to the TOA Gaia Google Earth Server. The TOA Gaia Google Earth Server then prepares data for the user and passes it back through the Web Interface to Google Earth. The Google Earth Web Interface also uses an SQL database to authenticate each user in the system. Users who are authenticated have their session validated with the Gaia Google Earth Server.
Map Information Display System (MIDS)
MIDS uses customized map backgrounds and colors to dynamically display detected lightning strikes. Every strike is represented in a color-coded icon, allowing the user to quickly identify where the strike was, when it was, and whether it was CG or CL. MIDS offers a vast array of customizable options, such as alarm range settings, sounds, graphical colors, and defined viewpoints.