September 10 - Finnish company Vaisala has won a multi-million pound tender in August to set up 60 automatic weather stations across Delhi to provide high-quality weather services for the Commonwealth Games next year, it has been announced.

The firm is also participating in the tender process of five other contracts to provide equipment to make weather forecasts during the sports event for the Games, due to tkae place between October 3 and 14 next year.

Vaisala’s executive Vice-President of meteorology Martti Husu claimed that all six contracts are worth 10 million euros.

The 60 weather stations, Vaisala’s chief technology officer of strategic research Ari Meskanen said, will provide data on wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure.

These stations are portable for temporary installations and consist of a lightweight aluminum tripod and easy-to-use connectors that make them fast to set up, he said.

These, company officials said, measure surface weather over a wide range of applications.

Maskanen said: “The prediction will be extremely accurate."

A recent World Bank report on the modernisation of meteorological services in India indicate the country needs to spend nearly $400 million in the next five years for a complete makeover of its weather forecast network.

For the recent project, Vaisala will be the prime partner in technology and resource-sharing, largely providing equipment and expert advice.

It has subcontracted to India-based partner HBE the job of handling the installation of its products, training officials and providing after-sales services required to maintain the equipment.

Husu said the weather data — deriving from observations as real-time as possible — will then be lifted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and sent out as forecast.

The company’s senior vice-president of communicationsof Helena Marjaranta said Vaisala also provided weather solutions for the Beijing Olympics, last year.

The Delhi Government is also looking at five other projects, including installing two wind profilers, one new upper air station and developing a high-resolution, numerical weather forecasting model to help preparations for the Commonwealth Games.