Hydro-Meteorology - Projects

Info-Electronics Systems Inc. (IES) has a vast amount of project experience in the national and international arena.  These projects deal with project management, software development, systems integration, customization, training, testing, and support in the fields of Meteorology, Hydrology, Remote Sensing and Environmental Monitoring. They include the development of systems for Reception and Processing of remotely sensed data for meteorology (a custom project similar to GOES), Meteorological Data Processing and Display Systems, Meteorological Data Collection Systems, Meteorological Data Distribution Systems and Web-based Systems.

In addition, we have detailed knowledge of end-to-end requirements for such systems mentioned above as well as the knowledge of data formats for all types of data (OPMET, GRIB, BUFR, Satellite and Radar).

The following presents a list of some of the major project milestones in which IES has been involved with over the years:

Supply of a GreenHouse Gas (GHG) Analyzer

Client:  National Physical Laboratory (India)

Year:    2016 + ongoing maintenance and support services

In partnership with Picarro Inc. (a leading provider of solutions to measure GreenHouse Gas (GHG) concentrations, trace gases and stable isotopes), IES supplied, installed and commissioned a GHG Analyzer for continuous carbon dioxide and methane measurement for the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Palampur, India, which aims to work as a WMO-GAW-compliant site. We are currently providing maintenance and support services.

Supply of Twenty (20) Microwave Radiometers ➤

Client:  Indian Air Force

Year:    July 2012 to March 2014 + ongoing maintenance and support

In partnership with Radiometrics Corporation (a world leader in the development, manufacturing and sale of ground-based microwave radiometers for atmospheric remote sensing and atmospheric profiling), IES was involved in the supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of a network of twenty (20) Microwave Radiometers, Host Computers, Laptops and Central Server and Display Computer for the Indian Air Force (IAF).  Radiometrics supplied the instruments, while IES provided computer and network hardware, software development, testing, installation, integration, training, acceptance, maintenance and support. We are currently providing maintenance and support services.

EOADP Project:  Improving Hydrological Information Management: Inland Bodies Water Mapping with RADARSAT-2

Client:  Centre for Topographic Information in Sherbrooke (CTI-S) of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)

Year:   November 2011 to March 2014

This Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP) project is funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Through this project, IES in collaboration with the Centre de Recherché Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), developed a system to improve and update the existing mapping of inland water bodies as well as finding new objects using RADARSAT-2 data in the context of updating of the hydrological information within the CanVec database.

The main objective of this project was to extend the capabilities of the automatic updating and extraction of hydrography from SPOT-5 imagery “AutoCarto” software to RADARSAT-2 images and improve the quality of the existing products. Fully polarimetric and high resolution data from RADARSAT-2 will be used to manage surface water resource information, which is expected to be affected by climatic change. The system contains advanced image processing algorithms, specifically tuned for optimal performance for an application in water mapping.

Supply of Twenty (20) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) ➤

Client: Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), India

Year:   January 2011 to March 2012

This project involved the supply of twenty (20) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) with communication through INSAT and ARGOS satellites for the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in India. The sensors included those for Temperature, Relative Humidity, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Pressure, Albedometer, Net Radiometer, Snow Depth, Pyrgeometer, Precipitation Gauge, Soil Temperature, etc.

Environmental Sensing Capability – Polar Epsilon Project ➤

Client:  Department of National Defence (DND), Canada

Year:   September 2009 to June 2011 + ongoing maintenance and support services

IES was awarded a contract to install two MODIS Satellite Earth Reception Systems, one on the East Coast of Canada (Halifax/Masstown, N.S.) and the second on the West Coast (Esquimalt/Aldergrove, B.C.) for the Department of National Defence (DND). The Polar Epsilon project involved the provision, integration and installation of hardware (MODIS Ground Systems and computers), software, as well as associated data processing storage and display components. The project also called for the provision of various services, such as Site Surveys, Radio Frequency Interference Analysis, project management, training, installation, testing, support and maintenance, as well as documentation. IES provided software and services, and also supplied hardware and software from Global Imaging, a leader in the manufacture of ground systems for the world’s polar orbiting and geostationary weather and environmental satellites.IES is currently providing maintenance and support services to DND for the Polar Epsilon project

ULTIMA - Weather Briefing System

ULTIMA, a state-of-the-art Weather Briefing Workstation, which integrates, processes, and handles SADIS and ISCS meteorological data for WAFS systems, including textual and graphical information. ULTIMA has been installed in various customers around the world. Our most recent installations include:


  • Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MOTCA) of Afghanistan

  • Civil Aviation Caretaker Authority for Somalia (CACAS), Kenya

  • NAV CANADA, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Brunei Darussalam

  • Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (I.N.A.C.), Venezuela

  • Weathernews Inc. (WNI), Norman, OK, USA

  • CINDACTA I - National Aviation Weather Center Brazil

  • Jose Marti International Airport ECASA, Cuba

  • Hong Kong Observatory

  • Bahrain Meteorological Service

MSC- GVAR Replacement

Client: Meteorological Service of Canada

Year:   2002-2004 + ongoing maintenance and support services

This project involved the replacement of the old GVAR equipment to operate with the new satellite GOES-12 for the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). We offered a system which was provided by Global Imaging. The project included installation, training and three years extended maintenance warranty. We are currently providing support and maintenance services.

Tiger Project:  Water Prospecting Using Remote Sensing

Client:  Agence du Bassin Hydraulique du Souss-Massa (Morocco)

Year:    2005-2008

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and European Space Agency (ESA) launched the “Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Management in Africa” called TIGER.

The project proposes the development of a Decision Support System for water resource management based on the following technologies for the Souss-Massa basin in Morocco: GIS, Remote sensing data and Auxiliary data.

For this project, IES partnered with the Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS) in Morocco and the Geography Department of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The objective of the project was to provide the User with the capability to manage water resources and its utilization using previously stated technologies.

The INSAT-2E Meteorological Data Processing System (IMDPS)

Client:  Indian Meteorological Department

Year:   2000

IES developed and installed a system called the INSAT Meteorological Data Processing System (IMDPS), to collect and process imagery data from India's INSAT-2E satellite. Imagery is used by the India Meteorological Department for weather forecasting. The system includes Data Ingestion System (DIS), Front-End Processing System (FEPS), Database Server Graphics Processing System (DSGP) and interface with the Regional Telecommunications Hub (RTH). All systems are duplicated to provide redundancy. The project was implemented with the assistance of Sepia Technologies of Canada. It is one of the most complex technologies dealing with the processing of remote sensing satellites.

The Flood-Monitoring & Forecasting System

Client:  Central Water Commission for India

Year:   1999

The Mahanadi and Chambal rivers in Eastern and Central India, respectively, often flood during the monsoon season.This World Bank supported project involved of the supply and implementation of a Flood Forecasting System for these two river basins in India. The project consisted of fifty-five (55) remote monitoring stations (measuring hydro-meteorological parameters such as water level, rainfall, temperature, humidity, evaporation, etc. along the banks of these two rivers) and two central receive stations. The Central Receive Stations are equipped with Digital Data Ground Receive Stations and processing computers. The Remote Monitoring Stations are equipped with hydro-meteorological sensors, Data Collection Platforms and satellite transmitters. Information from these stations is beamed to satellite. Two Satellite Reception Ground Stations were installed in Jaipur and Burla for the reception of data and computer analysis.

This data will enable the Central Water Commission of India to warn people of possible floods, as well as provide valuable information to plan dams for agricultural irrigation.





IAF Radiometer Network





SASE AWS in Himalayas and Antarctica



Environmental Sensing Capability – Polar Epsilon Project