"Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification is an important milestone for both Coastal and our customers," said Mike Baron, Chief Executive Officer of Coastal. "The certification process required a lot of hard work and demonstrates Coastal's continued commitment to our customers, the quality of our products, and our culture of continuous improvement."
A well-known aircraft manufacturer recently purchased two WEATHERPAK®s from Coastal to use during FAA FAR Part 23 certification testing of their new "business jet" aircraft. The new jet is about 40 feet long and designed with cutting edge features.
Working at night once the sun has gone down is one of the only ways to avoid the sweltering heat of a Middle Eastern summer. Steve Clark and Dan Smith, two Coastal installers, found that out the hard way during two AWOS installations in the UAE and Qatar. Temperatures during the day were consistently above 120° F, which made working in the desert very challenging.
Coastal's management team recently traveled to Ottawa, Canada to accept a "Supplier Recognition Award of Excellence". NAV CANADA, a private corporation that owns and operates Canada's civil air navigation system, issued the award. Coastal was 1 of 9 award recipients selected from over 10,000 NC suppliers.
It's minus 40 C, that's right, –40 C (and –40 F, it happens to be where the two temperature ranges meet). Heat gun in hand, Tom Lehman and Andy Havens trudge out through the snow, not an inch of skin exposed. One does the wiring (carefully—copper wires snap easily at –40) and the other one holds the heat gunaimed at the hands of the other. And so goes "just another installation" of an AWOS by Coastal.
On D-Day (June 6, 1944) the 2nd Ranger Battalion bravely scaled the cliffs of Normandy surprising the Nazis and clearing the way for the US invasion forces. Nearly every war which has been fought has had some type of mountain operations, creating challenges for moving people and equipment. Weather is a key factor as it can differ from one valley to the next and many mountains create their "own" weather.
We at Coastal Environmental don't own our own private island, but some who depend upon us do. Recognizing our products' established reputation for accuracy, dependability, and longevity in extreme environments, the owners of Gardiner's Island, located off the east coast of Long Island, recently purchased a fixed base WEATHERPAK® station.
NAV CANADA commissioned Coastal Environmental Systems to manufacture and install a network of Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) at airfields all over Canada. Learn more
Coastal is currently installing and commissioning four aviation weather stations at four Nigerian airports (Ilorin, Calabar, Katsina, and Enugo). Learn more
The Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta) has received a two sensor group AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System) that is completely ICAO compliant and state-of-the-art.
The Bolivian Airports Authority updates its facilities by adding Coastal’s meteorological stations to nine different airfields.
Coastal continues to be the company of choice for NATO/OTAN aviation. Coastal received a contract for six more weather stations to be used by NATO/OTAN.
A customer purchasing a large number of Coastal Environmental Systems' Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS), has recently commissioned three AWOS at different airfield locations.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Fire Services recently acquired six new WEATHERPAK® MTRs (hazmat response weather stations) to enhance and strengthen the performance of their Regional Hazardous Materials Response Teams.
Coastal delivered the first twenty systems to be used in a statewide network of meteorological stations for the State of Arkansas. The Arkansas State Plant Board Agri-Weather Network will provide data to various governmental agencies, agribusinesses and members of the public.
The Minnesota State Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently purchased multiple WEATHERPAK® MTR systems in efforts to upgrade their emergency response units.
Aviation software and multi-sensor weather stations ready for delivery to 85 new sites.
Coastal recently won a contract with NASITTUQ to upgrade weather stations near the end of their life at the “Dew Line Sites” in the northernmost region of Canada.
Camp Peary, near Williamsburg, Virginia, recently purchased a “light” aviation system from Coastal Environmental Systems for a three-mile long airfield on the base.
Coastal has been awarded a contract to supply the US Government with AWOS stations to enhance its meteorological observation capability in Afghanistan.
Coastal has just completed delivery of its Tactical Aviation Weather Stations to the countries of Sweden and Poland. These stations are designed specifically to meet the demands of tactical military use.
At ground zero of the widespread chaos surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the four AWOS (Automated Weather Observing Systems), designed and built by Coastal Environmental Systems and located at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, were the only known weather stations to survive. They continued functioning perfectly, eventually serving flights landing at Keesler AFB to bring relief supplies to the region.
Have you ever wondered what the weather was like at the South Pole? (Is it cold, or really cold today?) Now, just a few clicks of your mouse, and you can find out! Coastal's improved ASOS weather station, installed at the South Pole, is now feeding "live" weather data to the Internet, for anyone to view.
Coastal's system will measure winds on Alaska's Bering Strait, in a location that can get 12 - 18 inches of ice build-up in 12 hours where a tram to the top of a hill can be encased in 5 feet of ice and where it's not uncommon to have to chip your way past each tower location due to ice blocks. Without this wind data, one could find themselves trapped at the top of the hill for days, waiting until it's safe to come down.
Coastal set a company record, taking orders for over 40 portable WEATHERPAK® weather stations, in just one month.
The contract has been signed, the interface set, and work has begun on the FMQ-19 Fixed Base Weather Station data feed to the US Air Force and General Dynamics' N-TFS (New Tactical Forecast System).
Four more FMQ-19 Aviation Weather Stations have been installed by Coastal's Installation Team. Among the completed sites was Thule Air Force Base, Greenland an augmentation for Coastal's aviation systems!
Coastal Environmental Systems' installation team continues to carry out site installations for the US Air Force's FMQ-19 Fixed Base Weather Station contract. In just 5 months, 10 Air Bases received this system, which will automate collection of the Air Force's weather data at air bases worldwide with many more sites lined up for installation each month.
A contract for an expanded FMQ-19 weather system was recently awarded to Coastal Environmental Systems, Inc. by ITT Industries, Systems Division. The station will measure and monitor crucial weather data at Cape Kennedy, FL the Space Shuttle's landing site.
A modified FMQ-19 system, newly installed at the actual South Pole, is part of an upgrade of the entire South Pole facility. With the increased activity bringing in more flights to the Pole, better weather measurements were required to increase flight safety. The South Pole's new weather station is bound to measure record lows.
Coastal Environmental Systems continues to carry out site installations for the US Air Force FMQ-19 Fixed Base Weather Station contract. The latest installation is located at Hurlburt Field, FL, at the Air Force Combat Weather Center's (AFCWC) new facility. The FMQ-19 system installed here will be used by the Air Force for testing and troubleshooting sensors, as well as for new software revisions.
Coastal Environmental Systems' FMQ-19 installation team completed another site installation this month for the US Air Force's latest weather monitoring system, FMQ-19, which will automate collection of the Air Force's weather data at air bases worldwide. The site of the newest system is RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. Despite a few new challenges, the installation was completed on time.
SMOOS (U), the Navy's Shipboard Meteorological and Oceanographic Observing System (Upgrade), was recently installed on the USS George Washington (CVN73). The system, now up and running, includes interfaces to Naval Integrated Tactical Environmental (Sub) System (NITES) and the Moriah Wind System (MWS). The primary purpose of SMOOS is to measure meteorological parameters used to determine Evaporation Duct Height.
Would you like to know what the ozone level is going to be this afternoon? Or the NOx level in your neighborhood later this evening? The potential to know is closer than you think. Already you can get current readings of such pollutants with just a click of your mouse. The next step is perfecting air quality forecasting, which requires not only pollution measurements, but current and forecast weather as well.
Coastal Environmental Systems, Inc. was recently awarded a contract from the Navy to provide the first ever AWOS station at the actual South Pole. An AWOS station is essential here to support aircraft landing. The system is expected to measure temperatures as cold as -70º C or less!
Coastal Environmental Systems has completed, and been evaluated on, phase 1 of the Fischer-Porter Upgrade for the National Weather Service. The Fischer-Porter Upgrade is the NWS' plan to modernize its century-old method of recording and reporting climatic data. Coastal's evaluation on the first phase of this project is given here.
A recent purchase by the Florida State Department of Community Affairs, Division of Emergency Management will place twenty-four Coastal Environmental Systems WEATHERPAK® 400 TRx weather stations into the hands of Florida's regional HazMat teams.
Coastal Environmental Systems recently supplied the Long Now Foundation with a remote-site weather station. The Foundation, which seeks to "foster creativity in the framework of the next 10,000 years," has envisioned a project designed to work into the future "about as long as the history of human technology is to date."
Coastal Environmental Systems, Inc. is providing its ZENO® datalogger to system integrators building seaport systems for Italy, and a variety of station types for the Dominican Republic. Twenty-two of Coastal's dataloggers will be provided to Microsigma Srl., in Italy, to become part of a large upgrade for 22 Italian shipping ports. And greater than 45 ZENO®s will be provided to Eliovac S.A., in Argentina, for a large infrastructure upgrade effort in the Dominican Republic.
For the last 28 years, Dr. George Divoky has spent his summers on Cooper Island, approximately 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Drawn by a rare colony of guillemots, George has discovered a direct correlation between the birds' changing breeding habits and global warming. Dr. Divoky's study captured the attention of a New York Times writer, whose cover story on George caught the attention of others, including Coastal's CEO, Don Munro.
Bedford, Massachusetts: The FAA's newest SAWS (Stand Alone Weather Sensors) weather station is commissioned. Coastal was awarded the SAWS contract to build 285 weather stations for installation at all US Level C airspace airports. This is the last step prior to fielding all 285 sites.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command of the US Navy has awarded Coastal Environmental Systems a contract for production of the Navy's Shipboard Meteorological and Oceanographic Observation System (SMOOS). The four-year, fixed-price contract includes options that bring its cumulative value, for the best-estimated quantity, to approximately $16 million.
Contract with the National Weather Service credits nationwide cooperative of voluntary observers and will equip them with high-tech weather monitoring systems manufactured by Coastal Environmental Systems.
Using a Coastal Environmental Systems ZENO® 3200, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) found a way to bring water quality data to the web from a remote site, hourly, in an area that is difficult to get to and does not have sunlight availability!
Lockheed Martin has selected Coastal Environmental Systems' WEATHERPAK® to supply weather information to its Air Surveillance and Precision Approach Radar Control System (ASPARCS), which Lockheed is building under contract for the US Marines.
Coastal begins shipping SAWS stations this week to the FAA. These units are the first 25 of 161 ordered under the FAA's options. Special plans need to be made to allow for shipping as this years All Star baseball game brings in the crowds.
The ZENO® 3200, Coastal's datalogger/data acquisition system, is now available with National Weather Service (NWS) algorithms to all customers for processing meteorological data.
The last day of March signaled the end of Coastal's fiscal year, in which Coastal built more than 450 professional weather stations, as well as many other kinds of environmental monitoring systems.
Continued shipping of Radiosonde Surface Observation Instrumentation System (RSOIS) weather stations to the National Weather Service (NWS), coupled with shipment of Stand Alone Weather Stations (SAWS) beginning this month to the FAA, means Coastal products are fast becoming an important data source for meteorologists at Level "C" airports.
Coastal Environmental Systems is adding two new ways to display weather data at airports to our Aviation Weather Station product line. Currently, data can be displayed on PCs and on a stand alone unit, as in the FAA systems.
Coastal Environmental Systems delivered 22 professional weather stations last month; four of which were shipped to Antarctica. Of those four, one was a stationary platform for an emergency landing field, and three were portable aviation stations that will be used to guide flight operations at summer camps, which are set up at various locations on the continent.
Coastal was awarded a contract to design and build an aviation weather station to operate on a desolate strip of ice and snow in the Antarctic,which can be used for emergency landings when the weather turns bad at McMurdo station.
Coastal will build an AWOS station to be used at Palmer Station in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. The station is quite isolated from all other encampments in the Antarctic, and as such, is of considerable importance for predicting weather in the Antarctic, as well as the rest of the world.
Coastal Environmental Systems was awarded a contract for three Aviation Weather Stations to be used in the Antarctic.
Coastal's agent in Chile has reported that a major storm which knocked down some very substantial electrical transmission towers and the electric companies weather station could not knock out the WEATHERPAK®.
Coastal Environmental Systems was awarded a contract for 62 weather stations, called Radiosonde Surface Observing Instrumentation (RSOIS).
Coastal Environmental Systems was awarded a contract for 2 more Aviation Weather Stations to support the US Marines METMF(R) program.
Coastal Environmental Systems announces that the FAA has already placed an order for 12 additional SAWS aviation weather stations to be deployed in Alaska.
Coastal announces the award of a contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build ZENO®-based weather monitoring equipment used at Level "C" airports, for air traffic control.
Award of contract from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Road Weather Information Systems, for road weather reporting and monitoring.
Award of contract from the Georgia Department of Transportation Road Weather Information Systems, for road weather reporting and monitoring.
Coastal Environmental Systems received another contract for two Aviation Weather Stations to support the US Marines METMF(R) program. This brings the current total of this type of station to 40. The US Marines use the METMF(R) to provide air support worldwide.
Each METMF(R) contains three Coastal WEATHERPAK® weather stations. Two stations are "remote" and allow them to gather weather data up to several hundred miles from the central site. The other WEATHERPAK® weather station is located at the central site. The stations incorporate data from wind speed and direction sensors, barometric pressure sensors (redundant), relative humidity sensors, air temperature, visibility and a ceilometer. From these sensors, several other measurements are calculated. The system outputs wind speed and direction, wind gust, humidity, dew point, temperature, pressure, visibility, cloud height and several pressure/aviation related variables (altimeter setting, etc.)
The Winter Services Division of the Department of Transportation (Zagrebacke Ceste) in the city of Zagreb, Croatia is using a Coastal Environmental Systems RWIS network of sensors and ZENO® 3200 data acquisition systems. The city is located in a region of sub-freezing temperatures and high levels of snowfall during winter months. Ice and freezing rain are the cause of numerous problems at various intersections and bridges throughout Zagreb. From a network of four ZENO®s, eight pavement surface sensors and several sensors that measure atmospheric conditions such as visibility, wind speed/direction, air temperature and humidity, the DOT can determine real-time, site-specific road conditions for appropriate response to keep the roads clear for steady traffic flow and public safety.
The photo seen at left is at one of the remote sites in Zagreb, installed by Protektor d.o.o. The station is equipped with pavement sensors, sub surface temperature sensor, wind speed and direction sensor, air temperature and humidity sensors, a visibility sensor and a GSM modem.
Coastal Environmental Systems customer training for the ZENO 3200 will be held at corporate headquarters in Seattle. Detailed courses given by our expert staff will train many of our customers on the more technical aspects of the ZENO® 3200. For details please visit our ZENO 3200 training page.
Aviation Technical Services (ATS) and the US Navy contracted Coastal Environmental Systems to build a network of AWOS stations on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The data from the stations will be sent via radio to on-site ATS personnel who support aviators and others by providing timely and accurate weather forecasts, solving a long time and vexing problem for Antarctic aviators. In addition, the AWS network will provide real-time meteorological data to improve routine fog forecasts. Rapidly forming fog is a hazard for aircraft landing at McMurdo Station and other sites in the Antarctic. A joint team from Coastal Environmental Systems and the Navy will install the system.
Dr. Susan Tonkin of Coastal Environmental Systems said, "Coastal Environmental Systems leads the industry in deployment of reliable meteorological equipment used in harsh, remote environments. The AWS must be delivered and up and running on-schedule at the first of the very short Antarctic summer. To achieve this, the equipment used by us is Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS). Coastal Environmental Systems is one of the few companies in the world that has COTS capability for this type of critical and sophisticated aviation meteorological system. Additionally, COTS means the equipment has been proven in similar environments for years."
Ten ruggedized AWOS stations will measure winds, pressure, air temperature, dewpoint, (and a select few) visibility and cloud height. They will then radio the data to the weather office at McMurdo Station. Coastal Environmental Systems will provide all software, hardware, installation and training. Aviation Technical Services will use data to provide weather forecasts. Fog forecasting is difficult in this area, due to the rapid formation of fog near the runways and advection fog from the Ross Sea, so the stations will be installed on the Ross Ice Shelf.
E-mails were recently exchanged between an engineer with the US Navy and an engineer in a responsible position with the National Weather Service (NWS) concerning Coastals reputation for quality products and customer support. Following is a verbatim transcript of those e-mails with only the individual names and exact affiliation edited out.
THE NAVY ASKS
Subject: Coastal Environmental
From: US Navy Engineer
"We are looking into buying a WEATHERPAK® from Coastal Environmental Systems and are interested in your experiences with their weather stations, mainly reliability of the equipment, or any other comments you may care to offer."
"You should have no hesitation in purchasing one or several WEATHERPAK®s from Coastal Environmental Systems. As an engineer, I can testify to the excellent reliability and performance of the ZENO® 3200 data acquisition platform used in the WEATHERPAK® from Coastal Environmental Systems. In my opinion, Coastal Environmental Systems produces the most sophisticated (32 bit) and robust weather systems designed for remote use. Just as important as producing a quality product, Coastal Environmental Systems believes in customer service. They listen to their customers."
National Weather Service
Niagara Mohawk (NIMO) can now access their meteorological data from anywhere. All they need is Internet access, a web browser and a password.
The nuclear facility needed a powerful tool that would allow them to compile annual summaries of their data for calculation of annual doses to man from routine releases of reactor effluents as well as to look at real-time data for daily emergency preparedness and plume dispersion prediction. The powerful tool is Oracle and the system integrator is Coastal Environmental Systems.
The reports generated from the database have been designed by Coastal to provide data in accordance with the Nuclear Regulatory Commissions (NRC) Guide for Nuclear Facilities in Support of On-site Meteorological Programs. Historical data collected by Niagara Mohawk will also be imported into this database to eventually produce 30 to 50 year summary reports, another regulatory guide of the NRC. Various other reports drawn from this industrial-strength database can provide data for engineers to increase the efficiency of heat rejection, climate control and other designs for the nuclear plant.
An unlimited number of designated users can log on to NIMOs password-protected database from a PC, Mac, or UNIX system by just connecting to the Internet. The simplicity of the database allows users to view, create and recreate reports from historical data as well as allowing the meteorologist to easily examine, edit and validate the data.
What do you want your database to tell you? According to your needs, Coastal Environmental Systems can integrate various database options into your current or proposed weather monitoring system.
Want to reduce the
amount of phone lines to your remote data collection sites?
Want to be able to collect data from all your sensors in the field?
Want to utilize some of the new "smart" sensors available?
Want to be able to change settings/calibrate your serial/smart sensors remotely?
Want to greatly simplify your data collection while increasing the amount and type of data you collect?
Then you need the ZENO® Universal Serial Interface!
Only the ZENO® has a Universal Serial Interface to communicate with and collect data from other "smart sensors". These "smart sensors" represent the majority of new technology sensors that are being produced. They have their own microprocessor and electronic brain to perform their special measurement function. Only with the ZENO® can you connect your weather station/datalogger to these new sensor types and communicate directly with them for retrieving and processing data, self-diagnostics, etc.
The ZENO® can act as a "controller" to allow communications with all your smart sensors through a single telephone line, cell phone connection, or radio link!
The ZENO® even has a "pass-through" mode so you can communicate directly with the smart sensors to calibrate, adjust or alter settings in them. (Examples of smart sensors: sonic anemometers, rain gauges, visibility sensors, humidity sensors, highly accurate barometers, soil moisture sensors/systems, new wind monitors, present weather sensors, cloud height sensors, water level sensors, flow sensors, water quality sensors, video cameras, snow depth sensors, infrared temperature sensors, altimeters, etc.)
Click here to read the USI Application Notes in pdf format.
We have such a collection of WEATHERPAK® "it takes a licking but keeps on ticking" stories that we felt we finally had to share them. A WEATHERPAK® is our compact and reliable, sophisticated professional weather station. It measures 4 x 21 inches, weighs less than 12 pounds and is completely self contained i.e. no other boxes of electronics, etc.
Announcing a product that gives the popular and reliable ZENO® 3200 datalogger a voice to go along with its brain.
It is now possible to remotely access data over any touch tone telephone or cell phone, allowing you to get live voice reports from your ZENO®. The Phonetic Voice Module works phonetically. This means the Phonetic Voice Module has an unlimited vocabulary and can speak foreign languages.
If you are collecting data from the ZENO® by computer, a simple command gets you past the voice interface directly to the ZENO® menus. Data fields may be inserted anywhere within the spoken message, so your message provides valuable information that is as changeable as the wind.
A message from a typical weather station might say: " the current temperature is sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit, winds are blowing from the southeast at twelve miles per hour, rainfall is at zero point four inches since the beginning of the hour "
This optional interface adds functionality, but the additional circuitry of the speech interface does not consume any power while it remains idle, so the impact to the low power system is minimal. The system utilizes a single telephone line for both data and voice communications, so a second phone line at the remote site is not necessary.
Phonetic Voice Module is available as an option with a new ZENO®, or added to an existing ZENO® 3200 (in conjunction with a firmware upgrade).
Resulting from over two years of research and development, Coastal Environmental Systems is pleased to announce the receipt of a contract from the National Weather Service (NWS) to build an unspecified number of "smart" Precision Digital Barometers to be used at airports to calibrate aircraft altimeters. The Precision Digital Barometers provide NWS with the capability to assure the proper calibration of the all-important altimeter setting used at all instrumented airportsmore accurately, quickly and safely, and with considerably less potential for human error, than ever before.
Coastal won the contract over at least six competitors. A team, led by Dr. Susan Tonkin, was able to match the capabilities of the companys primary productsthe ZENO® 3200 remote electronic data acquisition system and related ZENOSOFT firmwareto the rigorous NWS specifications to meet or exceed all development expectations.
Don Munro, CEO of Coastal Environmental Systems, said the company, "proceeded based on the belief that five years of development of the ZENO® technology would afford an overwhelming head start over the competition that could not be matched, and we turned out to be right. We look upon this contract as the beginning of a new product line in the aviation market with worldwide application."
Agencies of federal and most state governments working cooperatively with industry have, for several years, worked to develop a communications protocol for Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) that will open the way for more innovation at reduced costs for such installations. The overall protocol, already in place for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) efforts is known as the National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation Systems Protocol or NTCIP. The RWIS addition is referred to as the Environmental Sensor Station protocol or collectively, NTCIP-ESS.
We are the first manufacturer of RWIS equipment to achieve compliance with NTCIP-ESS protocol, first level 1 (mandatory) and recently level 2 (optional). Don Munro, CEO of Coastal Environmental Systems, said his company entered the RWIS market with the stated objective of providing a completely open protocol solution. "Coastal has worked hard to cooperate and advance adoption of the protocol which was approved for use by AASHTO." He went on to say, "since AASHTO adopted the ESS protocol, and as more DOTs choose to require it in their specifications, the old days of proprietary systems will end. Leading manufacturers of RWIS hardware and software, including Coastal Environmental Systems, will be energized to compete more vigorously to innovate exciting new RWIS technology and software at lower costs."
The attached NTCIP Compliance Statement provides more detail.