Africa and the Internet of Things Revolution

Many meteorological networks in Africa are not recording accurate data. However, accuracy can be improved and maintenance costs reduced with the application of new IoT technologies. This can lead to positive impacts on agricultural output and disaster prevention.

Find out more in “Join the IoT Revolution” article on page 43 of the Hydromet AFRICA ExpoGuide as published by Varysian.

Read practical know-how based on the 10+ years of experience in the meteorological industry of Jan Barani, who is the designer of the MeteoHelix IoT Pro micro-weather stations.

Find out what is the ideal IoT weather station for a meteorological network

  • Would an ideal low-cost WMO-compliant weather station look like the MeteoHelix?

  • Can network service and maintenance be optimized with measurement traceability in mind?

Find out what is a vandalism-tolerant meteorological network

  • Is a high-density meteorological network based on affordable micro weather stations inherently vandalism-proof.

  • How does higher data density affect vandalism tolerance?

  • Can redundancy be affordably created using IoT technologies while increasing network reliability.

  • Does a micro weather station designed to prevent data access to thieves and with minimal resale or recyclable material value already exist?

“ Join the IoT Revolution ” article taken from the  Hydromet AFRICA ExpoGuide  as published by  Varysian .

Join the IoT Revolution” article taken from the Hydromet AFRICA ExpoGuide as published by Varysian.

MeteoHelix at TECHAGRO 2018 as part of SURVIA's precision agriculture solution

MeteoHelix micro-weather station will be displayed as part of the SURVIA technological portfolio for precision agriculture featuring drone and field scanning technologies. "We are very pleased to partner with SURVIA s.r.o. and to offer our precision micro-climate measurement solution as part of their portfolio" noted Jan Barani, CTO of BARANI DESIGN Technologies. The patented helical design of the weather station solar shield enables this helical weather station to achieve professional quality measurement at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies. 


While SURVIA's technological and service portfolio is extensive and ranges from Geodesy to 2D & 3D mapping to precision agriculture, the BARANI DESIGN MeteoHelix in the words of SURVIA CEO Viktor Setnicky is a big step forward in the availability of quality meteorological data. For a professional weather station, the "MeteoHelix is a big leap forward in affordability and will enable our customers to monitor each field's micro-climate with the precision never before possible". This level of meteorological detail in combination with satellite imagery and drone scanning technologies enables our partners' agronomists to minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizer, for a more natural, healthier and even crop yield. 

In viticulture, this type of meteorological precision is not only nice to have, it is a necessity. Climate change is a hard reality for wine growers. Not only can extreme weather damage grapes, the extreme fluctuations of temperature and humidity are causing unpredictable frost and more frequent infection risks, resulting in increased uses of chemical agents for plant disease and mold prevention.