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Biral, Stand 7025, Meteorological Technology World Expo, 9-11 October 2018, Amsterdam RAI

Meteorological specialists, Biral is attending the Met Tech expo in Amsterdam next month to showcase its advanced meteorological products for the meteorological market.

Biral’s experts will be at the show demonstrating a wide variety of meteorological equipment. These include the BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector, VPF-730 and SWS-200 Visibility & Present Weather Sensors.

Product Launch

Biral is excited to be adding a new, smaller product to its BTD range of thunderstorm detectors. Biral’s Dr Alec Bennett, recent winner of the RMS FitzRoy Prize for his work on the BTD range, will be visiting the stand and will also be giving a presentation at the CIMO TECO 2018 on 9 October.

BTD-350 Thunderstorm Detector

With its rugged design for marine applications, the BTD-350 Thunderstorm Detector, following the current BTD-300, is a standalone sensor that detects the presence of all forms of lightning to a range of 83 km. The BTD-350 is designed for marine applications, where severe weather, salt water corrosion and platform vibration produce a challenging environment for environmental sensors. The metalwork is corrosion-resistant stainless steel and aluminium, further protected by marine-grade paintwork. Reinforced antenna supports prevent damage from excessive vibration.  This design has been extensively tested in the laboratory and meets European marine vibration, marine radio interference and marine corrosion standards.

BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detector

The company’s BTD-300 Thunderstorm Detection system uses a new technology detection system which has significant benefits over both radio wave based as well as field-mill devices. Its close range detection efficiency is roughly 200% better than lightning location network systems, providing excellent warning capabilities. The system has the ability to detect all forms of lightning within an 83km radius, including warning of potential overhead lightning. The equipment is effectively immune to man-made false alarms making it highly reliable in safety critical situations such as at airports as part of the overall AWOS system.

VPF-730 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

As Biral’s most corrosion resistant design, the VPF range provides accurate visibility and present weather measurement and has been specified for many installations due to its efficiency, reliability and performance. The sensor is a compact and robust package which makes it particularly suitable for aviation and general synoptic networks. Its exceptionally long service life (15+ years) makes it ideal in coastal or off-shore locations where the local conditions can be severe.

SWS-200 Visibility & Present Weather Sensor

The SWS-200 is designed for use in applications where accurate and reliable visibility measurements are required with the addition of WMO 4680 present weather codes. The sensor measures Meteorological Optical Range (MOR) as well as reporting the presence

of liquid and frozen precipitation. The unique backscatter receiver gives the SWS-200 unparalleled abilities in distinguishing frozen from liquid precipitation.

Biral’s Dr Alec Bennett’s presentation, Comparison of electrostatic, radio and human observation techniques for thunderstorm warning at the WMO field intercomparison site in Vigna di Valle – Italy will be held on 9 October, Topic 2: Orals from 11am-12pm, as part of the CIMO TECO 2018 exhibition.

Further information is available from Biral on +44 1275 847787, email: or by visiting the company’s website at

Biral is supported by Vantage PR


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