The RDT&E Meteorology Program of the U.S. Army for providing advance information on lightning detection will use the real-time, comprehensive and historical data of the WeatherBug Total Lightning Network (WTLN) for its test, evaluation, research and development initiatives. WeatherBug is the AWS Convergence Technologies’ brand.
WTLN is the largest overall lighting network at present. It provides advanced lightning technology and detailed cloud-to-ground (CG) and in-cloud (IC) lightning detection across the globe. The Army program will use lightning data form WTLN in seven test facilities of the Army in the U.S. These facilities include Yuma Proving Ground, Dugway Proving Ground, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at Ft. A. P. Hill, White Sands Missile Range, Electronic Proving Ground, Aberdeen Test Center and Redstone Test Center. Meteorology teams are positioned at these facilities for developing and delivering detailed climate and weather products suites for supporting various missions that cater to increase the operational readiness and defense capabilities of the U.S.
Convergence Technologies’ Founder and CEO, Robert S. Marshall, informed that AWS technology is able to gather the most accurate in-cloud and cloud-to-ground data on a big scale, aided by detection metrics that can enable early warning storm-sensing products. He added that AWS has been increasing its collaboration with the Federal initiatives with an aim to offer the most sophisticated weather intelligence to empower the society.
Bill Callahan, Vice President of Program Management at AWS, informed that AWS’s large-scale and dense network incorporated broadband sensors for capturing low and high frequencies, resulting in the detection of total lighting, as well as unparalleled network dependability and redundancy.