Vaisala launches lightning service

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Vaisala has launched its patented lightning product to detect which cloud-to-ground strokes are most likely to cause damage.

It uses Vaisala’s National Lightning Detection Network and Global Lightning Dataset GLD360 combined with both Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites to deliver information identifying strokes with continuing current and an estimate of their duration.

Vaisala says the primary benefits of its product are faster identification and inspection of likely damaged areas, warning alerts that infrastructure may be damaged, early intervention to prevent more damage, and cost reduction by prioritizing post-storm inspections.

Dr Ryan Said, lightning senior scientist at Vaisala, said, “Our patented new offering significantly advances lightning detection by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of inspection operations and identifying where organizations should focus their oftentimes limited resources, whether it’s damage to infrastructure or wildfire-start locations.”

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