In 1988, nowcast invented the high-precision lightning detection network LINET. Today, nowcast is operating LINET globally, providing homogeneous data to national weather services, flight control, airports, energy sector, insurers, and all kinds of meteorological companies. Providing unparalleled precision, LINET determines strike impact points accurately to within 75 meters while detecting weak strokes from 2 kA upwards. With its patented 3D locating algorithm, allowing for the determination of the altitude of cloud strokes, LINET identifies severity, characteristics, and evolution of thunderstorms. As a new feature, ‘rTNT’ tracks and nowcasts the entire lightning activity in real-time providing for fastest possible thunderstorm warning.
high-precision lightning detection
LINET systems is the lightning detection network for everybody who need their own high-precision network. It convinces with excellent cost-efficiency while maintaining its unsurpassed quality.
LINET systems obtains the high quality by intelligent antenna design and clever algorithms that result in a location accuracy of effectively 75 m on average as well as a homogeneous detection efficiency of down to 2 kA.
Another unique selling point: The patented algorithm that detects the three-dimensional emission height of cloud strokes. This allows for groundbreaking recognition of thunderstorm severity and enables comprehensive total lightning.
All components are designed by nowcast. After the easy set-up, only few maintenance work is necessary. The installation of the sensors in distances of 150 to 250 km guarantees a homogeneous high-quality coverage of large areas.
numerical lightning data stream in real-time
LINET data is nowcast’s numerical lightning data stream. Both small as well as large private and state-run companies receive detailed real-time lightning information in the form of numerical raw data via streaming or (S)FTP. This data can be imported into the user’s systems and combined with further sources of data.
The user can access the data files in real-time in various formats via internet. In addition to standard information pertaining to the location, time and stroke current, LINET reliably differentiates between intra-cloud strokes and cloud-to-ground strokes, and even ascertains the height of the intra-cloud strokes (patented).
lightning data visualization
LINET view visualizes and analyzes the current or any historical thunderstorm situation in your web-browser. Not only are strokes, thunder cells and nowcasting displayed on the map, but also customer-specific elements and alarm areas.
The application is easy to use for operational staff and provides many tools for managing thunderstorm related risks.
Users of LINET view are able to organize protection of workers outdoors, safety of events and sites, prompt identification of lightning-induced damages, as well as the immediate implementation of repair measures.
Remarkable antenna design: nowcast has developed an extremely low-noise antenna design with unparalleled sensitivity to meet the highest expectations.
Unparalleled detection efficiency: Thanks to LINET‘s ability to detect even weak flashes, it achieves outstanding detection efficiency of 95 of 2kA strokes for both cloud-to-ground and intra-cloud strokes.
Unparalleled location accuracy: The analysis of more than 1 million strokes detected by nowcast results in a deviation of 75 meters on average.
Patented 3D locating: LINET not only distinguishes between intra-cloud and cloud-to-ground flashes, but also determines the altitude of the intra-cloud strokes.
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