nowcast has developed a technology which enables ultra-precise detection of lightning strokes. The system evolved from years of research by Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Betz, who lectured at the renown Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). nowcast was founded in 2002 to market this technology. Since then the lightning detection system has been successfully marketed globally under the LINET(Lightning Detection Network) brand.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Betz
The nowcast capability
nowcast is mainly focused on research and development in lightning detection as well as operating and selling the LINET lightning detection system, meteorological applications and storm data resulting thereof.
”A system that detects every single lightning stroke with all its qualities – this is the overall nowcast objective.”
In 2014 nowcast won the tender of the German Weather Service “Deutscher Wetterdienstes (DWD)”. The DWD uses the European lightning data in addition to their own calculations for issuing severe weather warnings, extremely short-term forecasts and expert opinions, as well as for the supply of public administration such as the German Army, aviation, airlines and the German Federal Police.
With the German Weather Service DWD and the Allianz Insurance Group, nowcast was able to convince demanding customers of the quality of its lightning information early on. Since then the list of references has been constantly growing to include renown customers from the energy sector, insurance business, meteorology, aviation and other weather related industries.