IBM and its subsidiary The Weather Company today unveiled a powerful new global weather forecasting system that will provide the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide. The new IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF) will be the first hourly-updating commercial weather system that is able to predict something as small as thunderstorms globally. Compared to existing models, it will provide a nearly 200% improvement in forecasting resolution for much of the globe (from 12 to 3 km). It will be available later this year.
GRAF uses advanced IBM POWER9-based supercomputers, crowdsourced data from millions of sensors worldwide, and in-flight data to create more localized, more accurate views of weather globally. IBM Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty announced GRAF at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.
Vaisala introduces the latest version of the RFL series data loggers – the RFL100 Temperature-only. The data loggers use Vaisala’s proprietary VaiNet wireless technology to monitor temperature in fridges, freezers, incubators, LN2 tanks, cold rooms, and ultralow temperature freezers.
Each wireless data logger can communicate over 100 meters indoors, depending on conditions. Connectivity for up to 32 RFL100 data loggers is provided by a VaiNet Access Point (AP10). The RFL100 temperature data loggers use fixed or cabled probes for a measurement range of -196 to +90 °C. For temperature and humidity monitoring, Vaisala launched the VaiNet Wireless Temp/RH Data Logger RFL100 earlier this year. All RFL data loggers use viewLinc 5.0 software for monitoring, alarming and reporting.
Accurate visibility and present weather measurements are fundamental requirements for meteorology and airport weather applications. Vaisala Forward Scatter FD70 Series utilizes innovative technology setting a new standard in precipitation identification, quantification and visibility determination accuracy. FD70 Series is the seventh generation of Vaisala's high-end visibility and present weather sensors.
FD70 Series consists of two product models:
Following a successful 2018, leading meteorological specialist Biral is excited to be starting 2019 with a number of high profile projects and company expansion under way.
Biral’s Marketing Director Nathan Neal is delighted with the company’s progress commenting, “During 2018, we won some very significant projects around the world in the aviation, transport and professional meteorological sectors. To accommodate the increasing demand for Biral’s equipment, we have taken on more development engineers and sales staff, invested in our R&D and expanded our factory premises with a new unit.”
Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and weather intelligence analytics, announced it has formed a strategic relationship with Lemon Advisors, a consultancy focused on international expansion and strategic business development activities, to assist the company in increasing sales of its unique weather intelligence services for commercial and government entities.
Under the leadership of founder Subhash Ghosh, Lemon Advisors UK will work closely with OMS to identify and engage key industrial and government customers that can benefit from the unmatched volume and precision of analytics-ready weather observation data generated from OMS’s International Center for Earth Data (ICED) facility in Edinburgh, Scotland. Lemon Advisors UK will also contribute local expertise to contractual matters, sales and promotional activities, partnering and alliance opportunities, business formalities, and operational management.
“Lemon Advisors UK has deep expertise in helping technology companies build their presence in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and understands how OMS’s weather intelligence solutions can have a dramatic impact on the security, safety, and prosperity of people throughout the region,” explained Willian Hosack, chief executive officer for OMS. “We see Lemon Advisors UK as an essential resource for growing our presence all across these markets.”
OMS operates a fleet of earth observation satellites that will gather detailed weather data much more frequently and accurately than current government-owned weather satellites. OMS’s ICED platform integrates this data with other public and private datasets to provide simple and timely access to comprehensive weather intelligence within minutes of observation. The ICED platform empowers decision-making and risk management based on facts, not forecasts. The data produced from ICED serves a multitude of military, government, and commercial organizations, including customers in insurance, aviation, maritime, energy, and agricultural sectors. With higher temporal and spatial resolution, refreshed and delivered every 15 minutes, it provides accurate forecasting to enable faster, informed analytics and decision-making and ultimately improving the effectiveness of organizations’ forecasting, financial modeling, and operations.
For more information about Orbital Micro Systems please visit www.orbitalmicro.com.