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IRIS Focus is the next generation weather radar software designed for the professional meteorologist to aid in more accurate precipitation estimation and classification, and earlier weather watches and warnings. The modern look of IRIS Focus and the rich set of tools enable you to analyze and see your weather radar data like never before.
Display up to four radar products on one screen, synchronize all four panels in time and location, and animate the panels together to easily see more of your data. When you need to zoom into the data to see the finer details, the data will be regenerated at the increased resolution.
Layer multiple data points on top of each other, such as radar reflectivity and radial velocity for better understanding.
Show non-map data side-by-side with mapped data, such as the radial velocity measurement to see how your observations change with respect to direction from the radar site.
Better graphics display and data processing capabilities provide many new ways to see weather radar data for better understanding, quicker decision making and accurate precipitation estimation and classification.
Mark the location of a storm at different points in time to help project future movement of the storm and compute rate, time and distance equations.
Using the cross-section tool you can see data at different altitudes with respect to other data points for better understanding of storm motion and growth. Allows you to perform cross-section along curved phenomena such as frontal boundaries.
Extend observations to show convective storms beyond the radar range by layering other weather data, such as lightning data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset GLD360.
Simple and easy-to-understand interface, interactive tutorials and context-sensitive reduce training time, and web-based access increases accessibility of data throughout your organization.
Interactive step-by-step tutorials, built-in tool tips and context-sensitive help you get up to speed quickly. The language used can be localized by user. Current languages that are supported: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. More languages can be added on request.
Access and share data from anywhere easily and securely with colleagues in other departments or outside of the agency.
IRIS Focus shares a common technology platform with Vaisala’s Thunderstorm Manager and the Vaisala AviMet® programs. This allows users to seamlessly transition between these applications without having to learn new navigation.
Language translation and localization is available. The IRIS Focus user interface and help documentation is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian. The user interface layout has been optimized for these languages. Each user of IRIS Focus may select their preferred language, thus it is possible to support multiple languages within an organization. Translation to additional languages is available upon request.
IRIS Focus is a weather radar data display available in common web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome. Therefore, IRIS Focus could be used from a hand-held mobile device. However, we have not optimized the user interface for the smaller screens or pixel resolutions on hand-held devices. IRIS Focus is best viewed on a computer screen having 1600 x 1200 pixels. But stay tuned, we will be looking into this area in the future.
Vaisala plans to release a new major update on a yearly basis during this the complete IRIS Focus modernization plan. IRIS Focus is the replacement for IRIS Display and completely overhauls the data display interface for an exceptional user experience. Future releases will be geared towards the Radar Product Generator algorithms to either modernize the existing IRIS Analysis or add new functionalities not yet performed by the legacy IRIS products.
IRIS Focus requires the purchase of the licensed software from Vaisala. We have the capability to provide this software on a computer server from Vaisala which will interface with your existing IRIS software in which to obtain the radar data. It is also possible to purchase a license from Vaisala and download your own copy of the software for installation onto the computers of your choice. In such a case you will also be shipped a USB memory stick containing a second copy of the software and a Quick Start Guide. The price of IRIS Focus varies depending on how many simultaneous individuals you expect to use the software at any one time. For more information, please contact your Vaisala Sales Manager or Representative.
The IRIS modernization effort was based on the most common customer feedback received on the previous version of our weather radar software. This feedback could be summarized as: a) too complex to use, needing a high degree of customization and too much training, b) the visual appearance was outdated and unappealing c) it was only available on Linux which limits accessibility. However, on the flip side customers considered IRIS Display to be an advanced, reliable, and feature-rich application. Thus, we chose to focus on the areas that needed improvement and modernization, and would add value to our customers.IRIS Focus replaces IRIS Display. There was concentrated effort during development to create a user-centric experience. We wanted users to discover how to use the product intuitively and not need special training. To get to this level of usability we visited several of our customers to observe how they used weather radar software products. We built prototypes and tested usability by having individuals with broad backgrounds try out the prototypes. Through this process we developed built-in tutorials and context sensitive help information to aid in understanding. We are very proud of the advancement in usability that has been made with IRIS Focus, including the new modern look and feel.
But even with this attention to usability, we were able to sneak in some new features such as:a) Ability to perform curved cross sections of radar volume data.b) Multi-panel display to view up to four data products, synchronized in geographical domain and time.c) The ability to control the hue and luminosity in color scales, making it easy to design a color scale that present the data in an unbiased manner, even to those having color-impaired vision.d) Support of multiple languages.
There are many more great features of IRIS Focus. Ask us the demo logins and try it out for yourself!
IRIS Focus is the next generation in weather radar software. Focus offer user a modern display with tools that allow you to customize your view of the data.
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