Erik Wright, Lufft director of business development for road weather
In a time of tight budgets, anything that cuts the cost of ITS installations is to be welcomed. Lufft is attempting to make weather sensors more affordable with its latest WS100 Doppler radar precipitation sensor, which it says is around one-third of the cost of its predecessor.
The new sensor, which is the successor to Lufft’s long-serving R2S, uses the same technology as its predecessor but has a significantly lower-cost housing, said Erik Wright, Lufft’s business development manager for road weather.
It is said to be completely maintenance-free and gives extremely fast measurement of all types of precipitation – rain, snow, sleet and hail.
The WS100 is available now and has engendered a lot of interest from potential customers, said Wright: “When you’re putting together a $25,000 weather station and you can cut costs by 10%, that’s a big saving.”
Another major ‘plus’ is that the pole- or tower-mounted WS100 has much lower power consumption than the R2S, which makes it suitable for hooking up to a solar cell. The WS100 uses the same Doppler technology and interfaces as the R2S.