Radars: The use of L-bands

Today, we see radars everywhere. It is an essential component of surveillance systems across many industries. But to understand its use, we need to first explain what a radar is. It is a technology that detects presence, distance, direction and velocity of objects, by sending out radio waves and receiving their reflection from the detected body.

The radar uses are therefore vast and spread out throughout different industries.

In military use, there is an array of various radars. The surface movement and the primary surveillance radars have a function of sensing objects in the vicinity, notably under obscure weather conditions. The secondary surveillance radars work in a similar manner, but are airborne, which allows them to transmit the detected signals to the detectors on the ground.

In the oil and gas industry, they can be used to scan the ground for irregularities that determine the presence of oil and gas fields and act as a part of the communication system of the sector.

Air traffic management is yet another domain that heavily relies on radars. Just like in the military, the radars are used in aviation to detect planes and coordinate timely responses with the airborne and ground-based crafts. Used in conjunction with the multi-lateration systems (MLAT/WAM, these radars allow for safer circulation of aircrafts and vehicles.

As we will see later, radars can also be used in meteorology. A special L-band type is often employed in this sector.

The L-band
First of all, L-band is a range of frequencies. These operate at 1-2 Ghz of the radio spectrum and possess a wavelength of 30-15 cm. It is thanks to its low frequency, that L-band is so frequently used in radars and other technology, such as radio, telecommunications and global positioning systems (GPS).

The radars that operate with L-bands, are specifically used in the meteorological field. For instance, the clear air turbulence studies employ these radars to measure the fluid motion of air masses in absence of visual clues. When clear air-turbulence occurs in the range of commercial flights or any other aircrafts, it could be dangerous for comfort or even safety. It is therefore essential to monitor it via radars with L-bands specific frequency range.

However, the use of the L-band radars isn’t purely limited to meteorology. They could be found in low-Earth orbit satellites, helping monitor the state of equipment from far away locations. They are also used in military equipment.

Other types of radars use or have formerly employed other forms of frequency ranges, such as the C-band or the now obsolete D-band. This is because various frequencies serve various purposes and are employed according to their field of necessity.

Cloud Seeding

From the dawn of time, various civilizations sought to predict weather, but never truly to change it. Would you be surprised that in today’s day and age, marked by technology and innovation, humankind gets another attempt at it.
No, it isn’t any esoteric or tribal practice. “Cloud seeding” is a way to modify the amount of precipitation, by dispersing specific substances into the air that alter the cloud formation processes. These could be related to cloud condensation or ice particles. And though, to this day, the practice has shown varying effectiveness, while its risk to health remains undetermined, it is already a helper in various industries and sectors, including water challenge solutions, environmental protection and aeronautics, just to name a few.

In Weather control

Doesn’t everyone love good weather? For many countries around the world, this may be a rather rare occurrence. Some are now trying to implement cloud seeding technology to improve their natural meteorological conditions.

The United Arab Emirates are already using the system to create fake rain. Just like the other countries of the Arabian Peninsula, its temperatures could rise up to 50°C in Summer, while the natural precipitation remains extremely low, less than 100 mm of rainfall per year on average. Cloud seeding becomes an innovative and promising solution that could definitely improve the quality of life. The country’s goal, since the beginning of their investments in the 9 rain-making projects in 2017, is to increase the existing rainfall by another 100 mm.

In Aeronautics

Let us take the example of the aviation industry to better illustrate the importance of cloud seeding. It is a fact that good weather conditions are directly likely to a smoother flight. With fog and strong rains being in the way of the aircraft, the visibility may drastically reduce. A factor which may become a safety concern.

Of course, airports and other air hubs are equipped with specialized lighting and signage to increase visibility in unfavorable weather conditions during takeoff and landing. However, once the plane is in the air and far from the ground, the terrestrial solutions no longer serve their purpose.

This is why specialized cannons and airplanes are employed by the airports and air hubs to shoot out and diffuse microparticles into the air.

Cannons affect clouds that are typically closer to the ground. As for the aircrafts, these are used on much higher altitudes thanks to their airborne dispersal and ability to gain height.

Thanks to this developing but promising technology, fog could be turned into rain, for better visibility. It could also improve safety by decreasing the number of hail particles and turning them into raindrops.

Finally, it all comes back to the start. In other words, to weather predictions. If you can alter it, you can predict it better! And accurate weather forecasts are essential to good traffic management. Perhaps the next time you pass through rainy weather conditions on a commercial flight, it will have been modified by the innovative technique of cloud seeding.

Helipads vs. heliports: Uses and differences

Have you ever flown a helicopter? The experience is remarkably different from that of an airplane voyage. For one, it is much more rapid and, in a way, personal. This is why helicopters are used for a variety of purposes, including leisure, but also emergency use for medical and security purposes, private transport and military use.

As you can imagine, all of these tasks require rapid displacement, something that the helicopters are specialized in. But in order for that to happen, takeoff and landing of the craft – the two most important parts of the flight – must be performed smoothly.  Contrary to the planes, helicopters take off without a runway maneuver, in a much more instantaneous manner. In order to do this, these crafts require helipads.

Helipads 

You may already have seen them as your carrier helicopter was approaching the ground.

Helipads function in a similar manner as runways, one adapted for helicopters.  They are spaces specifically designated for landings of this type of aircrafts, ensuring that the latter not intervene with the passersby or other vehicles and vessels in the vicinity.

They constitute a safe zone, made of specific markings, with a letter ‘H’, that act as a visual guide for the pilots. The markings help take off and land during complicated instances, such as the “brownout”. This phenomenon is characterized by the clouding of the visibility by sand or dust particles as the helicopter approaches the ground and could cause disorientation and a plethora of extra inconveniences for the pilot, especially in situations of emergency. Helipads could therefore prevent this confusion through their clear signage. Oftentimes, they are made of aluminum, providing a stable landing base, all while being cost-efficient and ecofriendly.

But not all helipads have to be stationary. Markings known as helipad matting, could be portable. These are specifically created for helicopter landings in impromptu or temporary reception areas.

You may have seen a helicopter land on the roof of Hamad Hospital of Doha or on one of the tops of the city’s majestic skyline. In that case, you can be sure that the area included helipad signs, ensuring the craft’s safe touchdown.

Heliports

It is easy to confuse helipads with heliports. However, the latter is a much more complex system that isn’t as frequently found in different helicopter receiving areas. Heliports are no less than mini airports of their own, made specifically for this type of aircraft. They are most notably found in hospitals and airports themselves. In the latter case, they are placed further away from the regular runways, so as to not disturb the passage of the planes.

Like true airports, heliports are equipped with their own systems that provide a range of services for the landing aircraft. These include fueling, maintenance, ticketing services and guiding lights in certain cases. Like true air hubs, they have their own designated airspace. Coupled with the helipad, these constitute what is known as the Primary Surface. This area is made of two parts: Touchdown and Liftoff (TLOF). As the name suggests, this is the space designed for the period when the helicopter is landing or is about to fly off, i.e., the area of land with which it remains in contact. All around the TLOF, is the airspace, known as the Final Approach and Takeoff (FATO) area.

Heliports do not have to be built on dry land, despite their fixed nature. Some moving objects, such as large boats, including military vessels and private yachts, could have their own built-in heliports, making the helicopter’s displacement and parking much more accessible.

They also vary in size, depending on the crafts they receive. Private residences with personal helicopters used for leisure time, for example, will likely be smaller and not contain as much equipment as the medical or the military ones.

Both helipads and heliports could be placed on grass, as well as on more concrete surfaces. Their functionalities continue to develop and adapt to the helicopter users’ different needs. For more information about helicopter-related equipment and other aeronautic solutions, visit bayanatengineering.com. They are a Qatar-based commercial engineering company that continues to equip various Qatari industries and facilities, including the Hamad International Airport, the local gas and oil field and the military.

 

Maritime Solutions

Maritime activity and navigation have always been at the heart of  grand human civilizations. The sea allowed for international trade and travel from as far back as these two activities go. Ancient sailors used analogue technologies such as astrolabes, combining their expertise of the instrument with their knowledge of astronomy to guide them along their journey.

Fortunately for the modern-day mariners, very advanced technologies have been developed that allow for easier, faster and much more accurate navigation. Namely the GPS, which relies on satellite transmissions to pave the way for the vessels and pinpoint their location remotely.

It is also a priority that the cargo and the passengers of these ships be transported in all safety. In the olden times this was a tricky bet, as the vessel architecture of the time was not very durable against the forces of nature acting on the high seas. Nowadays, not only are the ships built from different, much more reliable materials, but they are also equipped with and supported by instruments that could prevent shipwrecks and other adverse occurrences. What are these technologies? Let’s explore!

Smart shipping and data buoys 

The technology used in maritime vessels is so advanced that nowadays we see a system called Smart shipping installed in many cargo ships. This innovation is completely groundbreaking as – just like in the now existing case of the cars and the aircrafts – it allows for unmanned navigation. This trend is much more common than you may imagine, as almost 10% of the newest cargo vessels are smart ships. In addition to their autonomous nature, they also boast cutting-edge meteorological sensors that ultimately contribute to safer navigation.

Onboard, one can find the latest software used in navigation; this is essential for the maritime commerce, allowing for quicker and more secure delivery. Other digital monitoring and data analyses are constantly being developed to render the marine trade all the more efficient and profitable.

To aid the ships from without, external sensors are being put in place. Buoys, the floating masses that often finds near the beach, are no longer used exclusively for marking the distance swam. The ones used by vessels are equipped with data sensors that helping them navigate the international waters. These data buoys measure sea levels at a very high precision (1mm!), obtain meteorological updates, such as the wind strength and direction, and ascertain the temperature of the water, a piece of information required for fishing. Moving or drifting data buoys are also able to avert the ships of hurricanes and cyclone activities in the vicinity.
They also make great helpers in rescue operations. They are able to send information about the target to the vessels with which they are in communication, making the search much more efficient and less-time consuming – something that could prove critical in cases of serious disasters.

Communication 
When it comes to other maritime vessels in the vicinity, fast and efficient communication is a must. Ships transfer data between themselves, a practice that helps both parties safely navigate the waters and exchange about important matters pertaining to their transportation. To do this, they utilize very-high frequency (VHF) radio waves, satellites and WiFi.

The field of maritime communication is a constantly developing one, with newer and newer solutions constantly arriving on the market.

For more information about marine solutions, but also those relating to the military, aeronautics, and oil and gas industry, visit bayanatengineering.qa. Bayanat is a commercial engineering company, based in Doha. They are experts of cutting-edge solutions in the given fields and will be sure to guide you in your search for the best technologies for your vessel.

Weather solutions

Predicting weather has always been an essential part in the development of human societies. Meteorological forecasts are needed to ensure that the industries behind the turning of the wheels of civilizations function correctly. For example, weather is a key component in agriculture, as different crops require different meteorological conditions for optimal growth. With accurate and timely predictions, governments could foresee periods of drought and plan in advance the measures needed to counter these challenges for their agricultural sectors.

Exact meteorological forecasts are also indispensable for travel and, by extension, commerce. In the aviation industry, weather is, therefore, constantly analyzed to ensure safe passage of aircrafts, their passengers and goods.

There are many ways airports keep tabs on the changes in weather. Here are some of the common ones that you are likely to find in many air hubs, including the Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Weather measuring tools: from wind to precipitation 

There are many factors that are included in the term “weather”, for example, wind and precipitation.

Being airborne, planes are very susceptible to wind. Depending on the aircraft’s speed, a strong impact from an air current could potentially lead to accidents. Measuring this factor is absolutely crucial throughout the flight, but especially during takeoff and landing, as these two constitute the most dangerous parts of the craft’s journey. It comes as no surprise that so much of the airport and runway equipment is aimed at monitoring these two instances. Pilots should also be guided with regards to the wind presence to ensure further safety.

Various types of wind profilers are used, such as the famous RADAR technology, in conjunction with SODAR (sonic detection and ranging).  These could detect wind speed and direction from various altitudes, climbing up to 17 m above sea level, in other words reaching the higher ends of the troposphere in which planes fly. RADARS scatter radio beams, which then send signals back to the sensors after having been in contact with the object in question. These types of wind profilers also help lay out the optimal course for the pilots.

Since special attention has to be given to takeoff and landing, runway is also adapted for weather detection. The Runway Visual Range (RVR) is the distance that one can see horizontally down the runway in given weather conditions. The runway must be clearly visible at all times, once again, to ensure safety.

For optimal visibility, various solutions are put in place, including the High-intensity Runway Lights and beacon lighting features.

The RVR could also be improved by using the weather RADAR, which constitutes a key feature of many other airport systems.

Precipitation and rain gauges

It is equally as important to measure precipitation, as intense rainfall could lead to reduced visibility for pilots. Tools such as automatic rain gauges have been long ago put to use in aerodynamics. The instrument, which consists of a container that collects rainwater, measures the amount of precipitation in millimeters during a given time per unit area. However, these may show a lack of accuracy in extreme weather conditions, as strong gusts of wind could blow the water out of the gauge, while sub-zero temperatures could contribute to ice formation in the instrument. To counter the latter problem, some rain gauges are equipped with heating systems that thaw the frozen rainwater.

Altering the weather

Nowadays, not only is it possible to predict the weather, but even to change it in certain cases! Airports now use specific technologies that could change the outside conditions around the runways, facilitating liftoff and touchdown. For this, cloudseeding has been developed. This is a complex artificial process that alters precipitation via condensation nuclei that are projected into the air.

Bayanat Engineering, a Qatar-based company that specializes in providing aeronautic solutions, has equipped the Hamad International Airport with these and many other technologies. To learn more about weather monitoring, as well as about their products, visit www.bayanatengineering.qa

Streamlining emergency communication at airports

The provision of rescue and firefighting services at airports is mandated under international ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) agreements. Responding to an incident requires coordination from multiple services in the airport operations control centre. Communications are therefore critical with the key being streamlined communication between airside and landside operations.

By hosting a multimedia communication solution in an airports data centre an airport can provide critical telephony and radio communications for control room users in the Airport Operations Centre. The control room users in the airport benefit from multi communication channels within one and the same system. Incidents in the terminal or on the runway are all run through the same system. This also supports improved planning and resource allocation during planned events or emergencies. Speeding up airport incident resolution will have a direct knock-on effect in reducing delays and keeping passengers moving – especially important as numbers begin to return to pre-pandemic levels.

The Milipol exhibition in Qatar, taking place May 24-26 2022, in advance of this year’s football World Cup 2022 in the country, focuses on the security and safety of large events. Hassan Ezzeddine, Managing Partner of Bayanat Engineering Qatar, commented: “This event is a great place to showcase the Frequentis LifeX solution to the Qatar market. Qatar is preparing to host an amazing event and goes above and beyond to protect its visitors and fans.”

The Frequentis multimedia communication solution, LifeX, is an innovative platform designed to empower public safety and help control rooms collaborate more effectively. It has been designed with the future in mind, to manage the demands of next-generation control rooms with features including multimedia call handling in real-time.

“The Frequentis LifeX is operational for a number of emergency services control rooms in the UK and in Europe for a number of years, but, at the end of 2021 it was implemented for the first time at an airport in the UK,” added Josef Kutschi, Managing Director Frequentis Middle East. “Here it provides the airports Fire and Rescue Service with the same streamlined solution, offering all the benefits of a modern multimedia communications platform, including a monitoring and recording system, easy to use touch screen, and a user-friendly display to visualise all telephony and radio communications simultaneously and select the ones required. The solution has transformed the way the airport manages incidents and is the key to speeding up incident resolution and in turn improving passenger experience.”

LifeX leverages IP-based communication technologies that meet the highest demands of mission-critical public-safety use cases. The solution can integrate seamlessly with a wide range of systems via common industry standards, including Web application programming interfaces (APIs), instant messaging, next generation emergency calling (NG112), TETRA, two-way radio (P25) and mission-critical data (MCx). It also allows secure integration with other applications via standards-based APIs, dissolving solution silos. Most importantly, LifeX supports legacy and future-oriented protocols and systems in parallel. As a result, control centres can introduce new technologies such as MCx without changing existing workflows, support MCx and TETRA/P25 systems side-by-side and enable a seamless transition to end-to-end omni-channel communication.

Frequentis is one of the partners that Bayanat Engineering Qatar (BEQ) will present at Milipol Qatar. Frequentis is also currently upgrading the voice communication system (VCS) for Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and modernising its air traffic control tower operation to meet air traffic demand.

“Bayanat Engineering Qatar and Frequentis has a long-lasting partnership, based on trust, and have completed numerous projects in the state of Qatar,” continued Hassan, “BEQ believes in excellence and on the dot execution, powered by experience and knowledge. But more than that, we believe in trust. This trust was earned over the past two decades from our partners and clients who believe in our efficiency and timely handover of their projects. Our mission is to provide the best services for our clients for the football World Cup 2022 and preparation for Vision 2030. We ensure efficiency and safety by bringing and adapting new technologies.”

Visit booth E015 to learn more about Bayanat Engineering Qatar and Frequentis and attend the seminar to find out about: “Supporting large scale events: Lessons learned from a control room supplier point of view” with Mr. Reinard van Loo (MSc), Frequentis Senior Advisor / Public Solutions Consultant.

For more information visit www.frequentis.com or www. www.bayanatengineering.qa

Bayanat Engineering Qatar streamlines airport emergency communication

Doha: The provision of rescue and firefighting services at airports is mandated under International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreements. Responding to an incident requires coordination from multiple services in the airport operations control centre. Communications are therefore critical with the key being streamlined communication between airside and landside operations.

By hosting a multimedia communication solution in an airports data centre an airport can provide critical telephony and radio communications for control room users in the Airport Operations Centre. This also supports improved planning and resource allocation during planned events or emergencies. Speeding up airport incident resolution will have a direct knock-on effect in reducing delays and keeping passengers moving – especially important as numbers begin to return to pre-pandemic levels.

The Frequentis multimedia communication solution, LifeX, is an innovative platform designed to empower public safety and help control rooms collaborate more effectively. It has been designed with the future in mind, to manage the demands of next-generation control rooms with features including multimedia call handling in real-time.

Built on a modular, fault-tolerant, carrier-grade architecture, 3020 LifeX leverages IP-based communication technologies that meet the highest demands of mission-critical public-safety use cases. The solution can integrate seamlessly with a wide range of systems via common industry standards, including and allows secure integration with other applications via standards-based APIs, dissolving solution silos. Most important, 3020 LifeX supports legacy and future-facing protocols and systems in parallel. As a result, control centres can introduce new technologies such as MCx without changing existing workflows, and enable a seamless transition to end-to-end omni-channel.

The Frequentis LifeX is operational for a number of emergency services control rooms in the UK and in Europe for a number of years, but, at the end of 2021 it was implemented for the first time at an airport in the UK. The solution has transformed the way the airport manages incidents and is the key to speeding up incident resolution and in turn improving passenger experience.

For more on how modern communication technology can help with the technical and organisational challenges of emergency coordination between all airport stakeholders, attend Milipol Qatar from May 24-26, and visit stand E015 to meet Frequentis and long-term local partner Bayanat and to learn more about the Frequentis LifeX multimedia communications solution.

Our presentation: “Supporting large scale events: Lessons learned from a control room supplier point of view” with Reinard van Loo – Frequentis Senior Advisor / Public Solutions Consultant is also not to be missed.

Bayanat Engineering Qatar and Frequentis has a long-lasting partnership and have completed numerous projects in Qatar. Bayanat Engineering Qatar believes in excellence and on the dot execution, powered by experience and knowledge. But more than that, BEQ believes in trust. This Trust was earned over the past two decades from its partners and clients who believe in the company’s efficiency and timely handover of projects. Bayanat Engineering Qatar’s mission is to provide the best services for its clients for the FIFA 2022 and Vision 2030 preparation and make it efficient and safe, by bringing and adapting new technologies.

“Milipol exhibition prior to the FIFA 2022 focus on the largen events security and safety, which is a great place to showcase LifeX solution to Qatar’s market. Qatar is preparing to host an amazing event and goes above and beyond to protect its visitors and fans. One of the partners that Bayanat Engineering Qatar will present at Milipol Qatar 2022 is Frequentis, with whom we do have long partnership, based on trust and multiple successfully completed projects. Visit our booth to learn more about our companies and do visit the seminar with our speakers on large events public safety during the events,” Hassan Ezzeddine, Managing Partner at Bayanat Engineering Qatar.

QCAA selects Frequentis to enhance Qatar’s airspace communication

Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) has selected Frequentis to upgrade its existing voice communication system (VCS) and modernise its air traffic control (ATC) tower operation to meet air traffic demand resulting from the World Cup in the country in 2022. The football World Cup is expected to significantly increase the number of visitors to the region, with daily air traffic movements anticipated to increase from 700 to 1,800 movements.

QCAA is upgrading both its main and back VCS systems to enhance airport operations and maintain safety as airspace demands change. The back-up VCS will benefit from Frequentis’ next generation VCS, X10, to increase resilience. In addition, QCAA will also implement Frequentis electronic flight strips in the ATC tower to support air traffic controllers with effectively managing the increased workload and maintaining safety during peak air traffic movements.

“Frequentis has provided QCAA with reliable ATM systems since the 1990s. Our electronic Flight Strips integrated with the ATM system marks the next generation of tower automation, which will allow QCAA to handle the expected, significant air traffic increase,” noted Josef Kutschi, Managing Director of Frequentis Middle East.

Both the digitalisation of paper strips and the implementation of the IT-based VCS, X10, fulfill the latest demands for tower digitalisation, paving the way for automation and efficiency, improving controllers’ situational awareness and workflows.
“The X10 architecture allows for a flexible, scalable, and modern approach to air traffic management and smartSTRIPS is an essential tool to support controllers in their challenging role,” said Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Vice-President ATM and Chairman of the ATM Executive Team. “We are pleased to be working with QCAA on this modernisation, the added benefits of X10 will fully prepare QCAA for its upcoming airspace demands.” The VCS X10 is designed from the origin to fulfill the latest trend towards Virtual Centre operations and, being fully ED-137 compliant, it fully supports the digitalisation of ATC communication, and the standardised implementation and interoperability of voice over IP (VoIP).

The Frequentis smartSTRIPS system is already deployed on five continents, covering installations from two to more than 90 controller working positions.

“As a local partner to the region, and to Frequentis, Bayanat Engineering Qatar is pleased to be part of this project to support Qatar airspace with predicted increased demand,” noted Hassan Ezzedine, Managing Partner of Bayanat Engineering Qatar.

Frequentis, headquartered in Vienna, is a global supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks. As a global player, Frequentis operates a worldwide network of branches, subsidiaries, and local representatives in more than 50 countries. Products and solutions from Frequentis can be found in over 40,000 operator working positions and in more than 150 countries.

Environmental solutions: predicting climate change

Climate change is a problem that may have drastic consequences on the entire of the world in the next decade, as estimated by many experts in the scientific community.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report shows drastic consequences on ecosystems, human health and well-being in the upcoming few years if the international community fails to act as soon as possible.

For one, the caps in the Arctic are already melting at an alarming rate, which could lead to flooding of massive coastal areas, completely drowning numerous localities around the world, if the global warming isn’t limited to 1.5°C. Beyond this temperature, the effects of climate change may prove irreversible in some cases, as reports IPCC.

The experts of IPCC have recently been joined by the World Economic Forum, who has stated the failure to stop climate change as the number one global risk by severity that our planet faces.

Going hand in hand with the climate change, is the increase in all types of pollution, which not only contributes to the phenomenon, but also menaces the flora and fauna of the world, all while reducing the quality of life for communities.

It is, therefore, important to mobilize every means possible to combat these threats to the planet. This includes having recourse to existing environmental solutions and technologies.

Air pollution monitoring systems 
Air pollution is one of the main contributors to climate change, as it is synonymous with the excessive release of greenhouse gases, with the dishonorable mention going to carbon dioxide. It is also detrimental to human health since low air quality in the inhabited areas has been linked to a considerable rise in respiratory diseases among their citizens.

Despite this, an increasingly larger percentage of people around the world migrates to settle in urban areas, where the risks of exposure to air pollution are much higher. This observation is more alarming than it appears at face value, for, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), as much as 91% of the world’s population lives in areas where air quality is below acceptable.

In order to control the levels of harmful gases and particles in the air and find the right remedy to the problem, air pollution should be diligently monitored. Technologies such as air quality sensors are made for the task.

These sensors ceaselessly provide accurate data with pertinent analyses of the top pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitric oxide (NO), ozone (O3) and carbon monoxide (CO). The given measurements are absolutely crucial to understanding the changes in air quality and eventually working towards the solutions that would improve situational awareness and, by extent, the quality of life in inhabited areas around the world.

Solar Radiation monitoring 
Monitoring solar radiation is one of the key factors in determining climate and its changes. Sunlight is an absolutely essential component of ensuring life on Earth, as well as continuing the functioning of the atmospheric and climatological processes. Tabs have to be kept on its activity at all times. It is measured by instruments and technologies used in meteorology, the study of the weather processes and changes.

More specifically, it is measured by meteorological sensors. Other than the solar radiation, these cover a variety of fields, such as temperature, wind, humidity and meteorological. It is essential to measure solar activity in conjunction with these other factors, as accurate and timely predictions of weather can help draft out responses to these changes by national experts, as well as the international scientific community. In the long term, these reports of weather changes can help build a precise representation of the changes in climate. This could prove helpful in studying the global warming phenomenon, analyzing the effectiveness of the existing solutions and, of course, planning out the further course of action.

If you wish to learn more about the existing weather and climate solutions, as well as the meteorological equipment and the fields it is used in, visit the official website of Bayanat Engineering at www.bayanatengineering.qa. They are a commercial engineering company that provides technological solutions for various sectors, including aviation, oil and gas industry and the military.

Bayanat Engineering Qatar supplies advanced meteorological systems to QAA

Bayanat Engineering Qatar has completed an Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning (EPIC) project with the Qatar Aeronautical Academy (QAA), supplying the latest meteorological equipment to the Academy which is currently used in existing Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD), a part of Qatar Civil Aviation Authority.

Supplying advanced equipment to the QAA will provide the students an advantage for further career possibilities in Qatar, ensuring that they will receive proper education and exposure to processes that will make them and their employers more successful.

Bayanat Engineering Qatar which has completed the EPIC project and training now has an on-going maintenance contract with the QAA.

“Working on the project for Qatar Aviation Academy is great opportunity for Bayanat Engineering Qatar, as it is about working for the future generation of highly skilled professionals. Not only it is great for the students to train on latest technology, but it is also important that once they graduate – they will work on the same systems installed in QAA and QMD and other government entities, which will be effective and efficient. Our team completed the project on time and always strives to achieve the best results. We always try to deliver the projects up to the customer’s satisfaction and we believe in trust, which is proven by our track record,” said Hassan Ezzeddine, Managing Partner at Bayanat Engineering Qatar.


Students at Qatar Aeronautical Academy are seen taking their classes recently. 

He added: “At Bayanat Engineering Qatar the values are simple, “we believe in trust” and professionalism, while staying on top of the latest trends and developments, which includes supply, installation and maintenance, providing the most efficient and effective solutions to the end user”.

The project by Bayanat Engineering Qatar and Qatar Aeronautical Academy is related to meteorology to train future forecasters. The new system helps analyse all the latest meteorological data and forecast the hazards for aviation.

A meteorologist needs to rely on a robust and comprehensive system that allows the following features: Collect, ingest, and distribute relevant meteorological data and specific products from numerous sources to the right user; Process the satellite images, display and overlay them with other meteorological geo-references data; Analyse and manipulate the collected and stored data by using a wide range of highly specialised and yet intuitive tools; and Produce relevant exploitable meteorological data (briefings and decision aids).

With a strong experience in the meteorology field, the Corobor Systems proposes an integrated solution, already adopted by many aviation MET services and Aeronautical colleges. Bayanat Engineering Qatar provided a complete hardware and software solution in this project along with long term maintenance services.

Qatar Aeronautical College was founded in 1977 as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the United Nations Development Program. It changed its name in 1996 to Qatar Aeronautical College, and its programs have now expanded to include training not just for Airline Pilots but also for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Air Traffic Controllers, Meteorologists, Airport Operations Management Personnel and Flight Dispatchers. Since it opened in 1977, the Qatar Aeronautical Academy has served students worldwide.