Windsond.com

Windsond is now featured at its own domain, windsond.com. That domain will present the product in all the detail it deserves. Future news and writings regarding Windsond and weather sounding will primarily be featured there. This site will continue to cover general topics and other products of Kiwi Embedded.

This also marks the introduction of a logotype for Windsond. The unassuming and stylish dandelion seed represents floating with the winds, low weight and ease of use. Like the dandelion seed, the Windsond radiosonde is its own parachute. Many thanks to my friend the game and graphics designer Martin Magni for the logo work!

Windsond software 1.40

The Windsond software has matured a lot over the winter. For example, the software can now generate a range of different file formats for the weather data. The settings dialog of this is pictured below. All generated files can be viewed within the application, even while the sounding is still progressing.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the major changes:

  • Better curve smoothing algorithm that preserves air layer transitions
  • Altitude axes start at the current ground altitude
  • Support generating nine different weather data formats
  • Select generated data formats in the Settings dialog and inspect the result in the Report panel.
  • Dewpoint and lapse rate are plotted
  • Plot history of sensor readings and GPS/pressure altitude
  • Winds are reported starting at 10m height
  • Bugfix in improving cut-down altitude accuracy when using the default cut-down altitude
  • Name of launch site can be entered by hand or selected in list

The software update is available without charge to all customers.

Visit to trade show ISNR

In Abu Dhabi, I visited the International Exhibition for Security and National Resilience (ISNR) on April 1. (No, it’s not an April fool.) This is a big trade show held every two years at the grand National Convention Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 400 exhibitors cover topics such as security, surveillance, terror prevention and counter-measures, emergency services like ambulance and fire-fighting, etc.

At the show I met with several interesting companies where Windsond would serve a valuable role. The small size and ease of deployment of Windsond makes it possible to gather local wind profiles in scenarios where this was previously unpractical. My goal is to continue exploring such alternative use cases in cooperation with these companies. I extend a thank you to exhibitors and fellow visitors from all over the world for the friendly reception!

Windsond deployed in UAE

I’m happy to announce that Kiwi Embedded has sold a Windsond system to Burkan Munitions Systems LLC, based in the United Arab Emirates. Burkan develops various types of ammunition and will use Windsond for gathering wind data during field tests. The company also uses a traditional weather sounding system and find Windsond to be a perfect complement for the lower atmospheric conditions. Advantages include portability, convenience, cost of operation and control over flight path.

A few days ago I conducted an on-site training with the professional and hospitable team. For the occasion I travelled to the UAE for the first time. We spent a day out in the desert for a hands-on walkthough of the system and two short soundings. They had no problem understanding how to operate the system and complimented the ease-of-use and set of features.  I was happy to see that Windsond will fit well into their workflow, after I make a small software adaptation.

This marks the start of Kiwi Embedded offering services in on-site training. Please contact me to discuss your case.