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Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Selects Vaisala for Present Weather Detection Sensors


Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has signed a contract with Vaisala for the delivery of Vaisala Present Weather Sensors at a value of MEUR 3.2. The new contract is for 3 years with an option for extension by two years until the end of June 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency.

Increased Efficiency with World-Class, Proven Technology

The Vaisala’s Present Weather Sensor FS11P will be used in Australia and Antarctica to automate their observations as effectively and efficiently as possible, to satisfy aviation services and industry. The FS11P provides automated observations, giving the customer flexibility in managing their stations. With visibility measurements up to 75 km, the sensor is used to detect precipitation type and intensity and is well suited for synoptical and aeronautical applications. According to Robert Ireland, Vaisala Regional Sales Manager, “This contract continues the long history of the Bureau successfully using Vaisala optical sensors for observation across a wide range of climatic conditions. Most importantly it reflects the high quality of Vaisala observation equipment and the real value of such an investment.”

Vaisala’s FS11P is our runway visual range sensor, meeting both FAA and ICAO specifications for runway visibility measurement. With minimal maintenance requirements the system utilizes the world’s most widely proven sensing technology.

Commitment to Our Long-Term Customer

Vaisala has been working with the Bureau since the early 1980’s and continues to work as a supplier of meteorological equipment and services for the organization across Australia and in Antarctica, with deliveries including autosondes, sounding systems, lightning sensors, barometers and ceilometers.

The new FS11P delivery will begin in October 2014. In addition, Vaisala will be providing a training course for Bureau staff later this year to support capabilities in installing and maintaining the sensors in the field.

About Vaisala

Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. Building on 78 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial markets. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs approximately 1500 professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange.


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