Thursday, June 4, 2015   |   Company News, Public Safety

Baron Selected to Provide 5th Radar for Indonesia

The densely populated island of Nias, an island located within the Sumatra province of Indonesia, will soon receive its first ever weather radar (C-band strength), provided by Baron. This radar is part of a multi-radar installation process, in which the Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics selected Baron Services, in cooperation with SIBAKOM, to expand Indonesia’s radar infrastructure.

The radar, due to be installed Fall 2015, will be the fifth Baron radar installed in Indonesia since December 2008.

Nias, located only 2,600 feet above sea level, has endured major earthquakes and tsunami activity as recently as 2004 and 2005. These events, coupled with the island’s popularity as a world-class surfing destination, have made the importance of building a reliable weather infrastructure all the more critical.

“First and foremost, we want these radars to inform and protect the more than 750,000 inhabitants who call Nias home,” said Baron Executive Vice President Rob Baron, Jr. “If the technology can help them further, as it relates to building their tourism industry and related economic development, all the better.”

Baron radars are also fully operational in the Indonesian locations of Pangkal Pinang, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Kupang. This fifth radar will help Indonesia more effectively detect and prepare for flooding events that routinely face the region.

As an island town, Pangkal Pinang is small but mighty. It is the largest community within the island of Bangka, and also serves as a major port for the region, specializing in tin, white pepper, fish and copra, a key ingredient in coconut oil.

Two other Baron radars are located relatively close together, in Yogykarta and Semarang. Each city is regarded as the capital of its respective region, and both are located in the tropical rainforest, with tropical monsoon characteristics. While aqueducts have proven useful in flood control, the areas were lacking in core weather infrastructure components, such as radar.

Kupang, the largest city and port on the island of Timor, like Nias, enjoys an active tourism industry, driven largely by its tropical climate. In addition to tourism dollars, the region relies on its reputation as a major fish exporter for economic sustenance. As with the other four Baron radar installations, the Kupang-based radar will enable the region to respond proactively, rather than reactively, to developing weather events.

While these five Baron radars provide a solid base to building up Indonesia’s weather infrastructure, additional work remains.

“The region’s economic growth industries are closely entwined with its weather patterns,” said Patrice Tobing of SIBAKOM. “The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics firmly grasps this reality; it’s why they are building up the area’s weather infrastructure. This is a true partnership to support and sustain economic growth for Indonesia.”