WSI Corporation and TOA Systems Launch Global Lightning Network (GLN)

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Premier provider of real-time lightning detection delivers life saving and risk management data to worldwide customer base.

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This is a new way to think about global lightning

WSI (Weather Services International), the leader in weather-driven business solutions, today announced the introduction of the Global Lightning Network (GLN), a source of high quality real-time lightning detection data for clients throughout the world. The Global Lightning Network is comprised of advanced lightning stroke detection sensors strategically located at international hosting partner sites. Data from the GLN has the timeliness, coverage, and delivery to support critical business operational requirements in key areas, without compromising quality, accuracy, and efficiency. Real-time data from the network is provided seamlessly via the Internet in less than a minute of event detection. The current key deployment areas include North and South America, Southeast Asia/Australia, and Europe, including many areas where lightning has significant economic and safety consequences. Data is also available for oceanic and other continental regions.

The Global Lightning Network uses the same lightning sensor and processing technology that has been proven in the United States Precision Lightning Network (USPLN). Like the USPLN, the GLN is a partnership of WSI and TOA Systems, a preeminent manufacturer of integrated lightning location and detection systems. "This is a new way to think about global lightning," said Mark Gildersleeve, President of WSI. "WSI and TOA are the first to bring to market a commercial global lightning network addressing the diverse needs of consumer, business, and government clients. Our mission is to create the highest quality unique weather content for the entire globe, and lightning is a key component of this strategy."

Kim Rauenzahn, WSI's Lightning Product Manager, noted, "While lighting has significant value as a supplement to radar for identifying and evaluating convective activity, it is an essential source of information where radar is not available. There are many instances where disruptive weather events put people and property at risk, and additional weather coverage can be vital to improving the outcome of these events. For example, our airline clients with global routes have been asking for enhanced weather information to enable better decision making both en route and on the ground. Data and services from the Global Lightning Network are a major component of the solutions meeting these weather information needs."

For more information, contact Kim Rauenzahn at (978) 983-6648 or visit: http://www.wsi.com.

About WSI Corporation:
For over 30 years, WSI Corporation has focused on predicting, detecting, and visualizing disruptive weather. The US Government and top aviation, media, energy, and risk management companies trust WSI to supply them with easy-to-use, timely and expert weather information to help them take action to minimize the impact of such weather on their operations and the public. WSI is a member of The Weather Channel Companies and is headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, with offices in Birmingham, England. The Weather Channel Companies are owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms, The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. More information about WSI can be found at http://www.wsi.com.

About TOA Systems
TOA Systems, Inc. is a uniquely capable manufacturer of integrated lightning location and lightning hazard warning systems. TOA has revolutionized the complex thunderstorm monitoring and forecasting tasks faced by government and industry worldwide. Their time-of-arrival based Lightning Location System (LLS) technology has been proven in operational networks throughout the world, and forms the basis for the United States and North America Precision Lightning Networks. TOA is located in Melbourne, Florida. For more information, please visit http://www.toasystems.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kim Rauenzahn
WSI Corporation
(978) 983-6648
http://www.wsi.com

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