Telephone networks as a source of meteorological observation

Telephone networks as a source of meteorological observation

The Mallorcan company Wireless DNA , with offices in Spain and Mexico, has developed a new technology of meteorological monitoring in real time and close to the surface, of terrestrial and maritime coverage, which will improve the precision and spatial coverage of the current methods of observation . This project has captured the interest of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Government of Spain, which, through the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), has decided to finance it with one million euros, highlighting the proposal for “its quality technique and differentiation ».

This work led by Wireless DNA, has been possible thanks to the technological tandem achieved in the area of ​​telecommunications and meteorology after the acquisition of the Meteoclim technology .

This project is encompassed in a broader work in which Wireless DNA analyzes the anomalies in the electromagnetic waves that propagate through the radio interface. In particular, electromagnetic waves are affected, among many other possible causes, by atmospheric conditions. Based on this, the signals transmitted by mobile telephony infrastructures are being analyzed to infer meteorological variables.

This technology, of high technical difficulty, is possible thanks to the extensive experience of Wireless DNA in the monitoring and analysis of signals transmitted by telephone operators.

To obtain measurements on the sea, where meteorological observations are very limited, a network of meteorological stations for vessels is being developed. These stations are resistant to maritime conditions and include a novel low-cost solid-state anemometer. Since mobile coverage is not available at sea, the data will be communicated using mesh wireless technology (mesh).

The meteorological observations obtained with both technologies will improve the coverage and spatial and temporal resolution offered by the current measurement methods. The new observations will be integrated with the current ones offering a wide improvement of the predictions in the medium and short term, joining the professional platform of meteorological visualization Entropy Smart Weathe r, property of the Wireless DNA group The data obtained will also be able to be commercialized for a wide range of applications such as mobility, sports activities, agriculture, early warning systems, among others.

Wireless DNA is deploying its own network of conventional stations in Spain to complement, strengthen its technology and improve weather forecasts. Any company or city council that wants to have a station can request it and enjoy the improvements.

The medium-term objective of Wireless DNA is to have the largest meteorological observing network in the world using non-conventional sources and to substantially improve predictions in the short and medium term. This project represents a great advance in the use of mobile telephony networks, but the company is already working on other possible infrastructures and sensors to directly or indirectly infer the state of the atmosphere and the environment.

Born in 2014 and based in the Parc Bit and delegation in Mexico, it is a company specialized in monitoring, auditing and optimizing networks, composed of more than 100 engineers, scientists and an R & D team based in Mallorca and with a delegation in Mexico.

In December 2017, Wireless DNA acquired Meteoclim Services, a technology-based company specializing in meteorology, climate change and climatology at the University of the Balearic Islands.

Wireless DNA has carried out more than 350 projects using more than 100 different technologies, advising a multitude of companies to maximize their economic benefit, identifying the areas of improvement in their networks. It has a team dedicated to the design and manufacture of its own hardware in all those fields in which there is an opportunity or need.