30 Years of Life-saving Technology
Since its founding in 1990, Baron has been committed to developing weather technology that saves lives. Take a look at our innovation timeline below to see how Baron technology has evolved and advanced over 30 years.
1990: With the goal of creating tornado detection technology that would save lives, Bob Baron founded Baron in his home, turning rooms in his house into offices. Powered by the development of innovative weather technology, Baron has grown from Bob’s vision to be the world leader in critical weather intelligence.
1990: In 1990 Baron made its first transmission of weather data to public safety officials using the sidebands of FM radio stations. Over the last 30 years, delivering critical weather intelligence to public safety organizations has been one of Baron’s most important functions. Read this interview with Cliff Windham, Manager of Public Safety Solutions at Baron.
1992: Baron introduced its commercial product for broadcast. OmniWxTrac was an MS-DOS program that allowed broadcasters to track a storm’s speed and direction at street level. Knowing the time of arrival for communities in the storm’s path resulted in better warnings for people to take cover. With OmniWxTrac broadcasters could move the map using a keyboard to zoom in on a storm.
1994: Baron released FasTrac, its first Windows platform contained the same storm tracking technology at Omni but was much easier to use. Broadcasters could now use a mouse to move the map and draw storm tracks. Read this article to learn how televisions stations have used FasTrac, and the products that followed it, to better cover dangerous weather.
1995: Baron released new alerting technology with a weather alert crawl that featured a live radar display, delivering critical weather intelligence directly into people’s homes.
1995: Baron began offering radar technology to broadcast customers, adding to its portfolio of products that included storm tracking and alerting technologies.
1997: Baron improved its storm tracking capabilities when it began using NEXRAD attributes like wind and hail data to project storms.
1997: Baron revolutionized tornado detection technology again in 1997 with the release of VIPIR, a product that introduced 3D radar analysis and revolutionary Shear Markers. Watch this video to see how Baron’s shear technology has continued to evolve and provide even more advanced tornado detection.
1999: Baron continued to bolster its product line when it began selling radars that were completely designed and built in-house.
2000: Baron released its patented geo-located alerting technology, which alerted people only in targeted areas when severe weather was threatening.
2000: Baron reached new levels of storm tracking accuracy by developing algorithms that tracked the most severe part of a storm, instead of its center. The result was forecasts that pinpointed the areas most impacted by the storm.
2002: Baron was the first vendor to make NEXRAD Level II Data available to the public.
2003: Baron expanded into new industries when it began delivering critical weather intelligence via satellite to the aviation, marine and storm chasing markets.
2003: Baron’s reputation as a leader in weather modeling technology began when it introduced a weather and air quality model to the public.
2003: Baron developed its Megawatt Doppler Radar. With a million watts of power, it is the most powerful commercial radar in the market.
2005: Baron was the first to offer dual-pol radars to broadcasters, which provide more accurate information about precipitation in the area compared to conventional radars. Read this article to learn more about getting the first broadcast dual-pol radar up and running.
2006: Baron continued to push the envelope for broadcast radars by releasing its megawatt dual-pol radar to the market.
2006: Baron installed the first dual weather and air surveillance radar, a powerful tool not only for weather data but for national security with the ability to detect missiles and other objects in the air.
2006: Baron continued to grow as the worldwide leader in critical weather intelligence with advancements in its hydrological modeling technology, resulting in better flood forecasting and water management.
2007: Baron upgraded all NEXRAD radars to dual-polarization and implemented key calibration routines, greatly improving the most extensive radar network in the United States. Click here to learn more about this and other radar projects Baron has completed.
2007: Baron innovated road condition alerting, using a land-based road conditions model that factors geography, surface type and terrain. Read this article to learn more about how accurate road conditions data can save lives.
2007: Baron set the standard for tornado prediction technology when it completed development of its patented Baron Tornado Index (BTI). The BTI ranks the likelihood of a tornado forming on a scale of 1 to 10. Click here to learn how the BTI worked for the first station to use it on air.
2008: Baron released its most complete weather solution for broadcasters to date with Omni, a powerful weather system with 3D global weather display and analysis.
2012: Baron launched Alabama Safe-T-Net, a system that delivered weather alerts to mobile devices. Alabama Safe-T-Net was free to download. Watch Bob Baron and former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announce the product launch.
2013: Baron introduced its flexible Weather API product, making it easy for companies in a variety of industries to seamlessly integrate critical weather intelligence into their products.
2013: Baron released its Enhances Wind Shear detection capabilities, making it easier than ever before to identify the tornadic risk of a storm.
2014: Baron began offering user-generated custom push notifications, allowing users to determine the weather alerts they want to receive. Read this article to learn how one station relied on Baron’s alerting technology during a flooding event.
2014: Baron improved the ability to detect hail events with the release of its dual-pol hail detection technology.
2016: Baron released Baron Lynx, an end-to-end weather solution for broadcasters that integrates 3D weather, storm analysis and tracking, traffic and visually stunning graphics.
2017: Baron went to market with its Historical Weather data API, a product especially valuable for the insurance industry to validate claims and assess policyholder risk. Read this article to learn more about how the API is being utilized by insurance companies.
2017: Baron continued its tradition of advancements in radar technology with the Gen3 Radar Signal Processor, which is capable of handling data collection and intelligence processing before delivery to the Radar Control Processor.
2018: Baron began offering radial-by-radial radar calibration. This groundbreaking technology automatically calibrates a radar more 2 million times per year, keeping it reliable, accurate and easier to maintain.
2019: The next-generation Baron Model was released, providing nationwide 3K resolution, unparalleled accuracy for rain, winter and severe weather events.