MeteoHelix weather stations installed to monitor new frost protection technology experiment in famous Vienna Wine School

Bundesamt für Obst- und Weinbau in Klosterneuburg

Bundesamt für Obst- und Weinbau in Klosterneuburg

Three MeteoHelix micro-weather stations were installed to monitor new technology experiment to help prevent frost on budding wine grape plans at the renowned Hö­he­re Bun­des­lehr­an­stalt viticulture school in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria. These precision weather stations are powered by the sun and connected to the Sensor Network Services GmbH LoRaWAN wireless network to provide critical real-time information to help evaluate the success of this new technology. Differentiated by their helical shape, they are able to provide world class measurements for a fraction of the cost of comparable accuracy meteorological technologies.

The variability of weather over the recent decade has caused grape wine damage in the millions of euros each year due to frost. This experiment is very significant due to the fact that it sits within a vast wine region stretching for hundreds of kilometers from the Tokaj of southern Slovakia and northern Hungary to the southern Moravia region of the Czech republic and all the way to the Vienna region known for its wine schools and superb white wine production.

MeteoHelix weather stations monitoring ground frost in precision viticulture at the Hö­he­re Bun­des­lehr­an­stalt school in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria.

MeteoHelix weather stations monitoring ground frost in precision viticulture at the Hö­he­re Bun­des­lehr­an­stalt school in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria.

Birds’ fight against ultrasonic wind sensors

Bird sitting on an ultrasonic anemometer. [1]

Bird sitting on an ultrasonic anemometer. [1]

Ultrasound and wildlife reserves

Ultrasonic anemometers seemed like the solution for maintenance-free wind measurement, yet nature had its say. Their ultrasound, while being inaudible to humans, is disturbing enough to natural wild life so that each year, birds destroy about 1/3 of all ultrasonic sensors by biting out their ultrasonic transducers as reported by the German Met Office. [1] This leads to the question of whether ultrasonic sensors are environmentally friendly and whether they should be allowed in wildlife reserves and national parks or if their application should be limited to industrial use?

Bird damage to an ultrasonic anemometer transducer. [1]

Bird damage to an ultrasonic anemometer transducer. [1]

Cup anemometer renaissance

New advances in electronics and manufacturing are enabling mechanical cup anemometers to not only outlast their ultrasonic counterparts but to maintain their accuracy advantage and to remain the mainstay of meteorological measurement and of the precision wind energy industry.

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[1] Examination of different versions of bird repelling techniques for ultrasonic anemometers by K. Schubotz, H. Dörschel, Dr. E. Lanzinger, M. Theel of the German Meteorological Service.

Strategic Partnership of BARANI DESIGN Technologies and Comptus Inc. of USA

BARANI DESIGN Technologies and Comptus Inc. of USA strategic partnership announced.

BARANI DESIGN Technologies and Comptus Inc. of USA strategic partnership announced.

BARANI DESIGN Technologies of Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia), will create a strategic partnership with Comptus Inc. of USA, who is one of the only two producers of the most widely used anemometer for wind energy applications worldwide. The immediate benefits of this partnership will include:

In a technology sharing program, both companies will join forces to develop a low-cost wireless precision wind measurement solution to complement the MeteoHelix IoT Pro wireless weather stations and to directly compete in the high-end and middle market segments in agricultural weather station applications. The MeteoHelix and MeteoWind Compact combination will become the only affordably priced weather station solution to meet the Wold Meteorological Organization (WMO) measurement standards. This meteorological sensor solution is aimed at putting precision back into precision agriculture which is currently being dominated by measurement equipment not conforming to worldwide measurement standards.