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
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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 software 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
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
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.
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
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