Vaisala has added the Total Lightning Processor to its North American Lightning Detection Network that will track where cloud to ground lightning has struck within a distance of 200 meters.
It will help the electricity transmission departments to connect power line faults with strikes and reduce both time and cost of maintenance. The device will reduce chances of false alarms with its enhanced accuracy.
According to Vladimir A. Rokov, professor and co-director of ICLRT, University of Florida, lightning that has been triggered by rockets helps track location errors of other lightning tracking systems better because the location of the strike is pre-determined. The man-made lightning at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing had been anticipated to be 361meters, reducing to 235meters in Florida after deriving arrival times determined by the NLDN sensors.