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MetService and TOA Systems collaborate on world-first

SPLN Phase 1

Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) is pioneering the first-ever South Pacific-wide lightning detection network in partnership with TOA Systems, Inc. In South Pacific countries, lightning information from the SPLN will assist with forecasting and monitoring of events by National Meteorological Services. Disaster response agencies in these countries will also have an increased ability to mitigate the impacts of lightning through awareness and education. The South Pacific Lightning Network (SPLN) will…

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Saving lives and improving thunderstorm forecasting in Malaysia

TOA Lightning Network: Malaysia

A new Malaysian lightning detection network brings benefits for public weather forecasting, worker safety and commercial operations impacted by lightning events. Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards In Malaysia. It takes lives, causes severe injuries, damages vital infrastructure and disrupts operations. Professor Ir Dr Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir, a Director of the Centre for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection Research at the Universiti…

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TOA Systems develops unique South Pacific Lightning Network

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In partnership with the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), TOA Systems is investing in the South Pacific region by deploying its lightning sensors across this huge area to provide critical severe weather information never previously available. Working with local island National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to assist with hosting in return for information from the system at no charge, TOA and MetService will provide comprehensive lightning information across…

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TOA Systems provides Bangladesh’s first lightning system

Bangladesh Lightning Forecast System

Dhaka, May 13, 2018 (UNB) – Eight sensors capable of pinpointing lightning-prone areas and providing early warnings on incidence of lightning have been installed in the country. Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has set up the US-made sensors recently, which will allow people to know when the incidents might occur in specific area and will reduce the loss of lives, meteorologists said. “Lightning forecast can be provided with…

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TOA’s Australian lightning network partnership with MetraWeather

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Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards in Australia. There are deaths and over 100 severe injuries caused by lightning in Australia year-on-year. Lightning can severely harm or take the lives of workers and has the potential to disrupt operations through damage to communications and plant infrastructure, fire and ignition risks, and downtime on sites until the lightning threat has passed. In Australia, the…

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Completed the first phase of a pan-Oceania lightning location network

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The high-resolution network will improve Oceania’s resilience to severe weather events and provide meteorological agencies and commercial users with a level of lightning visibility never before seen. Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards. It can take lives, cause severe injuries, damage vital infrastructure, and disrupt commercial operations. These disruptions include operational impacts upon airports, energy utilities, communications networks, and the tourism industry upon…

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MetraWeather and TOA Pan-Oceanic Lightning Network

Oceanic Lightning

The first phase of the Oceanic Lightning program has seen the planned installation of TOA sensors in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Raoul Island, Samoa, American Samoa, Tokelau, and Tonga. Data from these installation sites is combined with information from other TOA lightning sensor installation sites to form a true lightning detection network, with many sensors in the network detecting the same single lightning event thus introducing improved detection…

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General Lightning Safety

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Lightning safety is a serious concern. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. You need to take the appropriate actions to prevent incidents. Studies using lightning detection systems have found that on average, lightning will hit within six to eight miles of the last strike. You can determine how many miles you are from a lightning strike by counting on the fact that light travels much faster…

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MetraWeather and TOA Systems, Inc. pan-ASEAN lightning network expansion

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The network is designed to improve the region’s resilience to escalating extreme weather events and mitigate the risks associated with devastating lightning strikes. The network will be expanded in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The business model is technology agnostic. It has been designed to enable the ASEAN countries’ National Meteorological Services to access the data they need to deliver enhanced public safety…

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TOA Systems lightning technology to assist with Alaska wildfire management

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TOA Systems, Inc. announced that it has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management Alaska State Office to provide the lightning detection system for the BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS). The Alaska Fire Service, located in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wild-land fire suppression services for all Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. As part of the AFS contract, TOA will provide 16 precision digital…

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