The low-cost AWS is compact, modular, rugged and capable of operating
with minimum power from battery and solar panel for extended periods
in the field conditions even in remote areas where power supply
and communication are not available. AWS can continuously record
weather data like temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind speed
and direction, rainfall, relative humidity, solar radiation, etc.
The data from a large number of Automatic Weather Stations located
across the country could be collected through the data relay transponder
on board the ISRO’s INSAT satellites. AWS features include easy
programming of sensors, front panel display, archival of one-year
data and communication options -- via INSAT, telephone, modem, cellular
telephone, etc. A GPS integrated with AWS provides accurate time
for transmission of data.
As per the agreement signed today, Astra Microwave Products Ltd,
will produce and deploy AWS in the country based on the requirement
of the user agencies.