An announcement was made by the Earth Networks, that the eighth largest state in India – Andhra Pradesh, has chosen the Earth Networks Total Lightening Network solution with an aim to introduce a novel weather network for the state that is known for its severe weather. The agreement with a detailed account of the technologies and services was reviewed and later approved by a team of experts comprising of BV Srikanth, Professor Varadarajan, MV Seshagiri Babu, A Kanungo and PVR Murthy. It was then signed in the presence of CM of the state, N Chandrababu Naidu.
Last year, India recorded 1600 deaths that were caused due to extreme weather conditions like floods and lightening, thereby becoming the country with second highest percentage of deaths due to weather. Andhra Pradesh is the first state in India to adopt the complete range of facilities offered by Earth Networks that include lightening sensors, lightening detection and alerts against thunderstorms.
The Earth Networks Total Lightening Network has more than 1500 sensors across 90 countries, thus being the most technologically sound lightening network in the world. It has the ability to monitor lightening within the clouds which enables the weather forecasters to generate quick and localized alerts and warn the citizens of various conditions like heavy rains, downbursts and high winds. This is what sets it apart from all the other lightening networks. The lightening data collected from the network proves useful in identifying real time issues like occurrence of thunderstorm, its location, intensity coverage and trends.
By signing on to this network, the AP government and the disaster response agencies can now access a few products of the Earth Networks that will help the government to save lives and reduce the damage to properties that is caused by severe weather. The information will also come in handy for sectors like agriculture, aviation, education, insurance protect critical infrastructure and utilities.
The SVP – Global Sales of Earth Networks, Jim Anderson said that the organization commends the AP government for being the first state in the country to understand the significance of lightening detection and alerts and how this can help them to save lives as well as infrastructures. He added that if the other 28 states of the country followed suit, they would surely benefit from this approach.
MV Seshagiri Babu who is the Commissioner of Indian Administrative Services said that severe weather conditions like cyclones, floods, lightening etc pose serious danger to lives and properties of the people living in the state. However, by introducing this new technology, they will have prior and detailed information that will come in handy to pre-warn the citizens about the possible weather conditions, thereby ensuring that they can make arrangements to save their lives and properties.
ISRO scientist, BV Srikanth added that their team reviewed a number of weather networks but finally zeroed in on Earth Networks as it offers better options like flexible service, superior lightening detection and superb support system. He said that with this service they hope that the state’s ability to be prepared for emergencies will improve.
The Secretary of APSCHE (Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education), Professor Varadarajan said that the new facility will not only help in enhancing the safety measures of the state but will also be useful in providing data and information to schools and universities, thereby helping the students in various research work where the need for real time weather data is needed.