September, 6. 2005
Vaisala updates Estonia's hydrological network
Vaisala has signed a contract with the Estonian Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (EMHI) to update Estonia's hydrological monitoring network. The turn-key project includes the delivery and installation of hydrological measurement and information systems, as well as training and a one year service contract to maintain the stations and main centers.
Vaisala has recently delivered a countrywide surface weather observation network to EMHI. The network comprises 23 automatic weather stations and an automatic data collection system. The new hydrological network comprises 23 Vaisala observation systems that measure hydrological parameters such as precipitation, water level, water quality, and water temperature.
Both the hydrological and meteorological networks will use the same data collection system from Vaisala, which will simplify the operation of the networks considerably. Vaisala network software will be used to collect data from the network. Vaisala is partnering with Kisters AG from Germany, who will deliver the database management system.
Hydrological networks are used to monitor and manage water quality and resources in streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and harbors. They also provide forecasting and warning services. Water is the most precious resource in the world, and an element that can cause considerable destruction. Monitoring water resources contributes to sustainable development, and helps to protect life and property and safeguardthe environment.
The Vaisala Group is a successful international technology company that develops and manufactures electronic measurement systems and equipment for meteorology, environmental sciences, traffic safety and industry. Vaisala employs over 1,000 professionals and achieved net sales of EUR 180.6 million in 2004. Vaisala serves customers throughout the world. In 2004, exports outside Finland accounted for 97% of net sales. Vaisala's A-series shares are quoted on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
For further information:
Mika Aaltonen, Business Unit Manager, Vaisala HydroMet
tel +358 9 8949 2627, mobile +358 40 5705 591
Tapio Engström, Finance Director
tel + 358 9 8949 2215, mobile +358 400 716 732
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