US radar manufacturer EEC has received an Emmy Award for the joint-development of its StormRanger mobile X-band weather radar truck, currently used for television weather forecasting and reporting.
Created in partnership with Accelerated Media Technologies (AMT) and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, the mobile setup helps boost weather forecasting capabilities by taking the radar directly to the weather event being covered for the closest, most detailed view available.
Rich Stedronsky, director of strategic development and partnerships, EEC, said, “EEC has a long history of ‘firsts’ in the weather radar industry. We leaped at the opportunity of working with the station teams to develop the StormRanger trucks. Engineers, technicians and meteorologists from EEC, AMT and NBC/Telemundo stations spent countless hours designing, manufacturing and assembling the StormRangers and systems that operate within each truck.”
EEC supplied its Ranger-X5 solid-state, X-band, dual-polarization Doppler weather radar to the joint project. Mounted on the back of the AMT-built StormRanger trucks, the Ranger-X5 unit provides near-real-time data for weather phenomena up to 70 miles away. StormRangers not only detect typical metrological events such as rain, thunderstorms, tornados, snow and hail, but also smoke, as shown from recent deployments in southern California.
“EEC developed the Ranger X-Band solid-state technology with this precise application in mind,” said Chris Goode, president and CEO of EEC. “The NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations’ network of StormRanger weather radar trucks, built around EEC’s Ranger platforms, sets a new standard in the industry for real-time monitoring and warning of significant weather events. It’s an honor for EEC and its partners to have our collective efforts recognized with this award.”
EEC, AMT and the NBC and Telemundo Owned Station Group will be presented with the award at the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Gala on April 7, 2019, at the NAB show in Las Vegas, Nevada. - December 2018