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A prominent player in the weather measurement business,Finnish company Vaisala won a one 1-million euro tender in August to set up 60 automatic weather stations across Delhi to provide high-quality weather services for the Commonwealth Games next year.

A prominent player in the weather measurement business,Finnish company Vaisala won a one 1-million euro tender in August to set up 60 automatic weather stations across Delhi to provide high-quality weather services for the Commonwealth Games next year.

Though the contract has not been signed yet — the company believes there is enough time to execute the job — the Finnish firm is also participating in the tender process of five other contracts to provide equipment to make weather forecasts during the sports event next October.

Vaisala’s executive vice-president (meteorology) Martti Husu told Newsline that all six contracts are estimated at 10 million euros.

The 60 weather stations,Vaisala’s chief technology officer (strategic research) Ari Meskanen,said will provide data on wind speed and direction,temperature,humidity and atmospheric pressure. These stations are portable for temporary installations and consist of a lightweight aluminum tripod and easy-to-use connectors that make them fast to set up. These,company officials said,measure surface weather over a wide range of applications.

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“The prediction will be extremely accurate,” Meskanen said,adding that a recent World Bank input on the modernisation of meteorological services in India indicate the country needs to spend nearly $ 400 million in the next five years for a complete makeover of its network.

India utilises 30,000 locally produced devices to gauge weather,sources said. 

For the recent project,Vaisala will be the prime partner in technology and resource-sharing,largely providing equipment and expert advice. It has subcontracted to India-based partner HBE the job of handling the installation of its products,training officials and providing after-sales services required to maintain the equipment.

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Husu said the weather data — deriving from observations as real-time as possible — will then be lifted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and sent out as forecast.

Though in the business for over 70 years,Husu said the company entered the Indian market only last year and hopes to be associated with the Ministry of Earth Sciences in providing grist to its plan of upgrading the IMD’s network.

The company’s senior vice-president (communications) Helena Marjaranta said Vaisala provided weather solutions for the Beijing Olympics,too,for the business expected for the Commonwealth Games tenders: 10 million euros.

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The Delhi government is also looking at five other Games projects,including installing two wind profilers,one new upper air station and developing a high-resolution,numerical weather forecasting model.

The Finnish company hopes to be a long-term player in India’s expanding weather solutions basket. Officials said it is looking at becoming a supplier in expanding India’s hydrological network,supplying meterological solutions for the Indian road authority,harbours,the Power Grid Corporation of India,and hydro and solar power plants.

It also plans to become a major supplier of various instruments used in the Indian meteorological industry.

(The writer is a guest of Finnfacts and Cleantech Finland in Finland)

Helping out Met
* Wins tender to set up 60 automatic weather stations across Delhi to provide high-quality weather services
* Participating in tender process of 5 other contracts to provide equipment to make weather forecasts
* 60 weather stations to provide data on wind speed and direction,temperature,humidity,atmospheric pressure
* Stations are portable for temporary installations
* Consist of a lightweight aluminum tripod and easy-to-use connectors that make them fast to set up

First published on: 09-09-2009 at 03:36:51 am
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