Baron Services Part Of Team Awarded $43 Million Contract
WxWorx told ANN Wednesday its
affiliate Baron Services, through a partnership with L-3
Communications, is part of the team awarded a five-year, $43
million, firm fixed price contract from NOAA's National Weather
Under the contract, which was awarded based on the best
technological solution and overall value, Baron Services will
provide design, development and production for a comprehensive
system-wide upgrade of the 171 NWS, Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) and Department of Defense (DOD) NEXRAD radars.
The NEXRAD upgrade will include converting the radars to
dual-polarization Doppler capability, technology that will
significantly enhance the Weather Service's ability to specifically
identify and accurately measure precipitation. This capability will
aid in saving lives by enabling meteorologists to predict severe
weather effects, such as flash floods and winter precipitation,
more precisely than before.
"We're very proud to have been selected as a partner in this
program and we look forward to working with L-3," said Robert O.
Baron, President and CEO of WxWorx and Baron Services. "Our team
brought leading technology solutions to the table, and did so at
the best value," he added.
Unlike conventional radar systems,
which transmit solely a horizontal scan, Baron's dual-polarimetric
radars send out both vertical and horizontal polarized beams (shown
at right), and enable meteorologists to see twice as much data as
they can using systems not employing this technique.
Because dual-polarimetric radars use hydrometeor classification
to identify the location and type of precipitation that is falling,
they provide more accurate information about the size, shape,
orientation and state of hydrological data. This enables
forecasting with them to be highly precise.
Baron Services has installed all broadcast dual-polarimetric
radars in the world, and has experienced significant success in
domestic and international radar and weather markets -- also adding
new technological and data advancements to WxWorx.