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, and Remote Sensing.  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, etc.


Supply of twenty (20) Microwave Radiometers

Customer:                  Indian Air Force

Year:                         2012 to present

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 is 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 is supplying the instruments, while IES is providing computer and network hardware, software development, testing, installation, integration, training, acceptance, maintenance and support

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

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

Year:                         November 2011 to June 2013

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 Recherche Informatique de Montréal (CRIM), will develop 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 the updating of the hydrological information within the CanVec database.

The main objective of this project is 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 to be developed will contain advanced image processing algorithms, specifically tuned for optimal performance for an application in water mapping.

Supply of twenty (20) Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)

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

Year:                        January 2011 - 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

Customer:                  Department of National Defence

Year:                         2011

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 (Victoria/Aldergrove, B.C.) for the Department of National Defence (DND). The Polar Epsilon project involves 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 calls 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 is providing software and services, and is also supplying 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.


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

This project dealt with the replacement and upgrade of the old GVAR equipment to operate with the new satellite GOES-12 for the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). This was implemented at MSC locations in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto.

We offered a system which was provided by Global Imaging, a leader in manufacturing of ground systems for the world's polar orbiting and geostationary weather and environmental satellites. The project included
installation, training and three years extended maintenance warranty. All these services were provided by IES.


Tiger Project - Water Prospecting using Remote Sensing

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 has 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.

For more information, please click on the following link: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/tiger_project.asp


INSAT 2E - Meteorological Data Processing System (IMDPS)

Development of a system called IMDPS, to collect and process imagery data from India's INSAT-2E satellite. Imagery will be 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.


Flood Monitoring & Forecasting System

The Mahanadi and Chambal rivers in eastern and central India, respectively, often flood during the monsoon season.

IES bid and won a World Bank supported project in India for the supply and implementation of a Flood Forecasting System for these two river basins in India.  The project consists 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 have been 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.