Tuesday, April 21, 2015   |   Critical Weather, Public Safety

Why Weather Infrastructure Matters: Baron and InterMET Asia 2015

capabilitiesThough the disaster-prone history of the Asia-Pacific region is well documented, a topic given less attention though far more vital, is how to help the region bolster its weather infrastructure and become more resilient.

So what are the lowest common denominator components to build a unified meteorological infrastructure? Once you build it, how do you maintain it? And when all is said and done, can this infrastructure investment really make a lasting difference?

Baron, the world’s leading provider of critical weather intelligence, has studied these questions for more than 25 years. They’ve worked with international hydrology ministries the world over, making believers out of those who were tired of dealing with disparate meteorological monitoring systems and the constant havoc they faced when managing unpredictable weather events. Just one recent example includes the company’s work in Brunei (see press release here; see video below).

Baron’s reputation in this area is hard-earned, and reflects the proprietary technology that sets apart its best-in-class radars (both mobile and fixed), its global weather data, its hydrology solutions and its proven ability to integrate various weather tracking components into a complete meteorological infrastructure.

At InterMET Asia 2015, April 23-25 in Suntec, Singapore, both from Baron’s C5 exhibit hall booth and from the platform of various plenary sessions, company leaders, including Rob Baron, Matt Havin and Mike Smalley, will be talking about what two decades of working in the space has taught them, and most importantly, how that knowledge can be applied to other nations throughout Asia Pacific Rim.

“If your goal is to have weather infrastructure that is truly comprehensive, you have to include all five components – detection, data processing, dynamic modeling, display integration and dissemination,” said Matt Havin, Data Services Manager, Baron. “What we often see is that a region will have one or more components, but not a fully integrated solution, and that immediately limits what they can do. We have countless proof positive examples that this end-to-end approach is really the only sustainable model. Not only that, but Baron’s got more experience in delivering and maintaining these systems than anyone else.”

Baron’s nimble API and effective use of open-source data products further sets it apart by supporting a conservative cost of ownership.

“The technology available to you today is built to empower you with the most precise weather information, and it’s also built to work with what’s already worked for you,” said Mike Smalley, business development manager, Baron. “With our radars, for example, we can integrate with external power sources or equip the radar with a diesel power generator. And depending on the level of operational autonomy you want, we can support radar operation either locally or remotely. There are many other examples of our solution flexibility, but they all come back to the same priority, and that is to help you achieve the most thorough meteorological monitoring that you can for your region.”

Particularly when regional norms can include extreme events, from flash flooding to earthquakes, it is vital to have an automated weather infrastructure in place, especially one that can drive decision support and public safety alerting.

“Everything we do at Baron is driven by a desire to enhance awareness and responsiveness to short term and long term weather risks,” said Rob Baron, executive vice president of new business development, Baron. “From mobile radar to hydrological forecasting to Baron’s ability to make sense of big data, we’re focused on helping you build an infrastructure that can not only withstand the most extreme weather conditions, but also help protect lives and property. It’s a part of your region’s reality, and it’s the kind of challenge we’ve been perfecting for more than 25 years.”