blog Easy Access to All Essential Information to Monitor, Manage, and Control Observation Networks Tarja Österberg Communications Manager, WEA Share Published: Mar 6, 2019 Weather & Environment Meteorology Vaisala Observation Network Manager NM10 provides easy access to all essential information to monitor, manage and control your observation networks remotely on one central, secure, automated platform, including alerts, observations, device status, and now most recently, metadata and maintenance requirements. Integrating all this information within one application enables your observation network to operate more reliably and reduces the lifetime cost of management and maintenance. Problems are identified faster and the number of site visits minimized. Device Metadata and Maintenance Data Management Capabilities “The new device metadata and maintenance data management capabilities are to inform service personnel and network operators about observation site infrastructure, configurations, maintenance history, and planned maintenance activities. The devices or assets associated with observation sites can be added and edited to match the actual changes at the sites. For example, if a new sensor has been installed at the site, the sensor can be added as an asset in the system, and the selected assets can be moved into another location,” said Olli Ojanperä, Product Manager for NM10. The users can also view, add, and edit the metadata associated with the actual maintenance tasks at the sites. The type of maintenance task, for example, corrective or preventive maintenance, can be defined as well as when the maintenance is planned to take place. In addition, users can add the completion date of the maintenance task, the name of the maintenance person completing the task and other optional comments for later use. Amazon Cloud Web Services Support To improve easy access to the system, NM10 can now also be provided as a cloud service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The installation is done for each customer separately in a dedicated cloud system provisioned by Vaisala. Especially important for the use of cloud services is that advanced data security and user management capabilities are utilized in NM10 to avoid network vulnerability and to mitigate the risks of intrusion and cyber threats. Central Calculations with Gain and Offset Corrections The latest release of NM10 can calculate rolling statistical values up to 24 hours for all received quality controlled observations including minimum and maximum, time of minimum and maximum, average, sum, and median values. Wind specific calculations include average calculation for wind direction and direction of maximum and minimum wind speed values. Sun radiation specific calculations include net solar radiation as well as radiation minimum and maximum in solar time where sunrise and sunset times and sun position (azimuth and zenith angle) can be provided as well. Air quality specific calculations include gain and offset corrections, which can be used to make adjustments to the air quality measurements. Many of these calculated values are then also used by the automatic BUFR reporting interface, now also available for synoptic surface weather observations to be used with third party message switching/forecasting systems and GTS data distribution as specified by WMO. To learn more about Vaisala Observation Network Manager NM10, please check our website.