LOGAN, UTAH — Campbell Scientific has been selected by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) as its trusted partner to modernize and co-develop the future of the Dutch weather observation network.
The project covers the deployment of new software to be developed in partnership with KNMI and in conjunction with new Edge devices (CR1000X) for all observation stations and airports currently handled by KNMI. These include systems at civil and military airports in the Netherlands and in Dutch Overseas Territories in the Caribbean, weather stations and wind masts around the country, and platform stations in the North Sea.
In aligning with KNMI’s renewed I-strategy, Campbell Scientific will introduce a new software platform to allow KNMI to remotely manage its observation network while also gaining access to the insight it needs to be able to make weather-critical decisions faster and more accurately. In addition to the software, Campbell Scientific will replace the current technology used in the Netherlands observation network with CR1000X Edge devices that will send the data to the cloud.
“I was honored to sign the agreement with KNMI for what it means to the people of the Netherlands, KNMI, Campbell Scientific, and to the environmental observation community in general,” said Campbell Scientific CEO, Rob Campbell. “The systems that we design and deploy in partnership with KNMI will allow for better forecasting and response to the impacts of weather and climate change. This is something that is incredibly important, especially in a country where 40% of the land mass is below sea level. In working together, we will help to modernize and future-proof the weather observation system of KNMI to ensure that the data can be quickly interpreted to make time-critical decisions. These are the kinds of activities that lend meaning to lives. This is what Campbell Scientific strives for,” he continued.
The agreement is a step forward for Campbell Scientific on its journey to provide wider solutions to its customers. In a first for the company, the project will focus mainly on software tools and solutions over hardware. More broadly, the modernization of the Netherlands observation network will allow for better responses to weather impacts and climate change along with forecasting improvements—issues that are tremendously pertinent as the world continues to see increases in extreme weather events.
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The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) is the Dutch national weather service. Primary tasks of KNMI are weather forecasting and monitoring of weather, climate, air quality, and seismic activity. KNMI is also the national research and information center for meteorology, climate, air quality, and seismology. KNMI advises on and warns society to reduce risks in the fields of weather, climate, and seismology and to limit damage and injuries. With high-quality knowledge and technology plus an extensive observation network, KNMI offers products and services that contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability, and prosperity of the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.knmi.nl.