In early 2018, SB Safety Network announced the formation of a partnership with MetraWeather Asia and TOA Systems to build a high-resolution lightning detection network covering all of the Philippines.
Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards. It can take lives, cause severe injuries, damage vital infrastructure, and disrupt operations.
Scientists believe that climate change is escalating the severity of extreme weather events. More lightning strikes are anticipated and will impact South East Asia nations already vulnerable to weather events such as tropical cyclones.
Lightning strikes disrupt airlines and airports; they disrupt power grids and energy distribution networks; damage utility and communications networks; impact mine operations and disrupt the tourism, transport and logistics sectors. People working outdoors in the field such as maintenance crews, services on airport aprons, and farmers and fishermen are particularly exposed and at risk.
The new lightning detection network features more than 20 nationally-distributed sensors. It will enable SB Safety Networks to:
From remote control rooms to workers in-the-field, the data will help SB Safety Network’s subscribers and customers to mitigate the risks and impacts of lightning strikes in the Philippines.
To read the full release including introduction click here.
MetraWeather is a commercial weather insights company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of MetService. It provides meteorological services to the media, marine, transport, industry and energy sectors from offices in the UK, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. MetService is New Zealand’s National Meteorological Service, and is accredited to the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
About TOA Systems Inc
TOA System., headquartered in Florida, USA, is a preeminent vendor of lightning location and alerting systems, and state-of-the-art sensors. Over the past 10 years, TOA has installed more than 500 best-in-class 4th generation lightning sensors in networks in over 50 countries. It owns and operates, for example, the Australian lightning network incorporating over 100 sensors. TOA sensors boast the broadest detection frequency range from VLF (1kHz) to SHF (1GHz) and provide superior detection and differentiation between cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning.
For more information please contact:
General Manager Asia
M +66 89 979 1233
Jose Dante P. Mara
SB Safety Network Foundation
T + 63 998 964 9272