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Automated Weather
Observation System
A Complete Weather Observation system for
Air Traffic and Road traffic management.

Introduction

Weather plays a critical role in air traffic and road traffic management. Accurate and timely weather information can help air traffic controllers and road traffic managers make informed decisions that can prevent accidents, reduce delays, and save lives. That’s where Automated Weather Observation Systems (AWOS) come into play. In this blog, we will explore what an AWOS is and how it benefits air traffic and road traffic management.

An Automated Weather Observation System is an electronic device that collects weather data from various sensors and instruments and then transmits it to air traffic control towers and road traffic management centers. An AWOS can measure a range of weather parameters such as wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure, precipitation, and visibility. The system can provide real-time weather information, allowing air traffic controllers and road traffic managers to make informed decisions on flight and traffic operations.

Benefits of Complete Weather Observation system

The benefits of AWOS are numerous. One of the main benefits is safety. Accurate and timely weather information can help prevent accidents caused by adverse weather conditions. For example, if an AWOS detects a thunderstorm approaching, air traffic controllers can divert planes to alternate routes or airports to avoid the storm. Similarly, road traffic managers can alert drivers of hazardous conditions, such as heavy rain or fog, and advise them to reduce speed or take alternate routes.

Another benefit of AWOS is efficiency. With real-time weather information, air traffic controllers and road traffic managers can optimize flight and traffic operations, reducing delays and saving time and fuel. For example, if an AWOS detects favorable wind conditions, air traffic controllers can direct planes to take advantage of the tailwind, reducing flight time and fuel consumption. Similarly, road traffic managers can adjust traffic signals based on real-time weather conditions, reducing congestion and travel time.

In addition to safety and efficiency, AWOS can also provide cost savings. By reducing accidents and delays, AWOS can save airlines and road operators millions of dollars in lost revenue and damages. Additionally, AWOS can also help reduce maintenance costs by providing accurate weather data to maintenance crews, allowing them to schedule repairs and inspections based on weather conditions.

There are several types of AWOS, ranging from small, portable units to large, fully automated systems. The type of AWOS used depends on the needs of the air traffic or road traffic management system. For example, a small, portable AWOS might be used by a pilot to gather weather information before takeoff, while a large, automated system might be used by an air traffic control tower to manage the flow of air traffic in a busy airport. Overall, Automated Weather Observation Systems are a critical component of air traffic and road traffic management. By providing accurate and timely weather information, AWOS can help prevent accidents, reduce delays, and save lives. As technology continues to advance, AWOS will become even more sophisticated, providing even more precise and detailed weather information to air traffic controllers and road traffic managers, helping to ensure the safety and efficiency of our transportation systems.

Components of Weather Station for AWOS:

EKO MS-80S Pyranometer

A pyranometer is a device used to measure solar radiation incident on a surface, including GHI (Global horizontal radiation), DHI (Diffused Horizontal Irradiance), GII/GTI (Global Tilted Irradiance)/POA(Plane of array)

RC18 PV Reference Cell

PV reference cells measure irradiance by converting photons into charges to generate a current. They work differently from other methods and provide results depending on the spectral distribution of photons.

Wireless MeteoRain™ IoT Compact

A rain gauge is used to measure precipitation at a solar PV plant to ensure the proper functioning of the solar panels and equipment.

MeteoWind-compact

Anemometer measures wind speed and direction. It is commonly used in weather stations and in wind energy assessment. The device uses cup, vane or sonic sensors to determine wind speed and direction.

SB-100 Barometric Pressure Sensor

A Barometric Pressure Sensor measures air pressure in the atmosphere to determine changes in atmospheric pressure and weather patterns.

MeteoTemp RH+T with pressure

An ambient temperature sensor measures the external temperature around the solar panels and provides real-time data to the system. 

Tmodul Module Temperature Sensor

A module temperature sensor measures solar panel temperature.

Sun tracker
MS-57 Pyrheliometer

Pyrheliometers measure direct solar radiation (DNI) & must always point at sun. Used with sun trackers like STR-21G for accurate yearly sun location tracking.

All-Sky-Imager

A cloud cover sensor in solar PV plants measures cloud presence, provides real-time data, and optimizes energy output.

AWOS FAQs

  • What is an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS)?

    An Automated Weather Observation System is an electronic device that collects weather data from various sensors and instruments and then transmits it to air traffic control towers and road traffic management centers.

  • What are the benefits of an AWOS in air traffic and road traffic management?

    The benefits of an AWOS are numerous. They include safety, efficiency, and cost savings. With real-time weather information, air traffic controllers and road traffic managers can optimize flight and traffic operations, reduce delays, and save time and fuel. Accurate and timely weather information can help prevent accidents caused by adverse weather conditions.

  • What types of weather parameters can an AWOS measure?

    An AWOS can measure a range of weather parameters such as wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure, precipitation, and visibility.

  • What are the different types of AWOS available?

    There are several types of AWOS, ranging from small, portable units to large, fully automated systems. The type of AWOS used depends on the needs of the air traffic or road traffic management system.

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