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Research and Development

​​The key to Vaisala's success is its diverse research and development activity, and the combined input in technology development is substantial.

In addition to its own extensive R&D activities, Vaisala works closely with research institutes, universities and customers all over the world. The forms of cooperation include partnership projects, support for meteorological training programs, grants, and the funding of scholarships and internships.

R&D in 2016

In January-December 2016, research and development expenses totaled EUR 38.0 million, representing 11.9% of net sales.

R&D by business area

EUR million20162015​Change, %
Controlled Environme​nt11.59.422


In January-December 2016, Weather Business Area R&D expenses were 12.3% of net sales. Controlled Environment Business Area R&D expenses were 11.1%​ of net sales.

Key product and so​ftware releases

In 2016, Vaisala launched several new advanced products and software to enhance growth as well as to replace existing products.

Weather Business Area continued to enhance Observation Network Manager NM10, which is a scalable, automated system for remote monitoring and managing different weather observation sites. User interface and connectivity of the system were notably upgraded.

In addition, Vaisala introduced an enhanced AviMet Airport Weather Observation System (AWOS). The enhancements are integrated capability to display lightning data and IRIS weather radar information as part of the AviMet system. This improves situational awareness and safety at airports as lighting and weather radar data are easily available.

Third key launch of Weather Business Area was a new version of Sounding System software. The new version supports the use of RS41 Radiosonde in the automated sounding system, AUTOSONDE® AS15. This enables customers to take advantage of RS41 Radiosonde in automated sounding systems.

Controlled Environment Business Area launched a new measurement device for transformer online condition monitoring (Optimus™). This online analyzer gives repeatable and accurate data of possible fault gases in transformer oil. Its core sensors are based on versatile in-house infrared gas detection technology, CARBOCAP®. In addition to reliability, this device is easy and fast to install.

Controlled Environment Business Area also launched next-generation viewLinc Environmental Monitoring System (previously Continuous Monitoring System).  Major advancement include long-range wireless connectivity, ease of use and fast deployment. The system is used in life science and industrial domains to monitor large spaces like warehouses, laboratories, processing areas, environmental chambers and other controlled environments.

In addition, Controlled Environment Business Area launched CARBOCAP® Carbon Dioxide Probe GMP252, which is intended for industrial CO2 measurement applications, such as greenhouse control, cold storage monitoring and demanding HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) applications. The use of this probe was supported with the launch of a modern and user-friendly host device Indigo 201. With this host device, the measurement data can easily be displayed and connected to wired or wireless interfaces.