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The third annual Meteorological Technology World Expo concluded on a high on October 17, 2013, with nearly 3,000 attendees enjoying three days of discovering new technologies, solutions and networking opportunities.
Abdullah Al-Minnai, the head of forecast analysis with the Department of Meteorology, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, State of Qatar described the show as the place to find the latest technologies and do business: "Coming to this exhibition gives us a chance to look at all the new innovations,” he said. “We send teams here because we usually find companies we choose to partner with for developments as a result of attending this exhibition.”
Many of the world's armed forces were also in attendance: "I'm with the Canadian military, and here to see deployable radar, "explained Mike Candew, a senior met technician with Canada’s Department of National Defence. "It's the first time the Canadian military has visited, so I am here to investigate and see what's here – and there is a lot to see.”
Highlights from the show floor included a working EUMETCast reception station with a live data feed, displayed by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). Sean Burns, EUMETSAT’s head of Real Time Service & System Operations, said, “Being at the Expo gives us the opportunity to discuss the evolution of EUMETCast to the DVB-S2 standard with manufacturers of reception stations, as well as getting feedback from our data users. There is also a number of data collection platform (DCP) manufacturers and operators attending, and this is the perfect opportunity for us to tell them about our high-rate DCP services.”
Meanwhile, Furuno Electric traveled from Japan to showcase its latest and most innovative weather radar, the WR-2100; Baron Services introduced its Global Data Services (GDS) Platform, allowing mobile devices, web applications and consumer-level displays on websites to incorporate the most accurate weather information; and first-time exhibitor MetaSensing displayed a brand-new FMCWX-band fully polarimetric Doppler weather radar with low-transmitted power as an ideal solution for precipitation monitoring in urban areas.
Visitors also made full use of not one but two free-to-attend conferences, both of which were packed throughout the three-day event. Particularly popular were the sessions on aviation safety, modeling and simulation, and the latest radar technologies, with speakers ranging from Cyrena-Marie Briede, director of summit operations from Mount Washington, to Tom Blees, president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives.
Attendees came from across the globe, with visitors from every continent. Rosen Penchev, aeronautical meteorological forecaster, Bulatsa Bulgaria, explains why he made the trip: "I'm looking for meteorological forecasting stations. There are many people here and there is a lot of new technology."
Visitors were also drawn from across the industry spectrum: aviation, shipping companies, marine/port installations, airports, military operations, offshore exploration companies, wind farm operators, met offices, agriculture operations and research institutes were all in attendance.
No wonder Jarle Heltne, product manager for Aanderaa Data Instrument based in Norway, left the show on a high: "This was the third time we participated in this exhibition, and as always it has been a positive experience. We have been able to meet partners, dealers, customers and everyone else within the meteorological group."
Next year's show, which is already gearing up to be even bigger and better, will return to Brussels in 2014, October 21-23. Don’t miss it!