Value for society and environment

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We bring value to societies through accurate and reliable environmental measurements as well as decision-making support for national and local authorities and businesses. This way we help societies become better-informed, more resource efficient, and safer. In addition, we create value through significant investments in R&D and collaboration with the scientific community.

Better-informed societies

Vaisala works together with nearly all meteorological institutes in the world, supporting them in providing accurate, real-time information and forecasts on weather all around the globe. The data provided by Vaisala’s products is also used to increase weather awareness in different systems and services of society. We also collaborate with international funding agencies and weather experts to build capacity for weather observing networks and competence in developing economies. This way we help them to be better prepared for extreme weather and its impacts on different levels of society and economy.

Health services are also one of the foundation pillars of an informed society, and for example hospitals require accurate and reliable condition monitoring of their various activities. Vaisala’s viewLinc Continuous Monitoring System monitors, among other spaces, blood and tissue banks that handle, store, and distribute human tissues. The critical parameters in blood and tissue banks require continuous monitoring, which ensures that these delicate and valuable materials are preserved and remain viable. Our solutions are also widely used to monitor the manufacture and supply chains of different medicines, thus ensuring their reliability and patient safety.

Resource efficiency

Vaisala’s measurement technologies improve resource efficiency in various industrial production processes. Accurate measurements enable our customers to optimize their production as well as reduce their energy consumption and material loss. Additionally, digitalization plays a part in the resource efficiency of societies: for example, large data centers maintain the Internet, the global information highway, consuming a lot of energy. With the data from Vaisala’s measurement instruments, the air conditioning in data centers can be optimized energy efficiently.

Vaisala’s road weather stations and MD30 mobile detectors provide real-time data that, combined with road weather model, heat maps, and information systems, help to optimize road winter maintenance. Timely decisions on anti-icing, de-icing, and snow ploughing increase safety and resource efficiency as well as reduce the environmental effects of chemicals used in road maintenance. Computer vision solutions extend Vaisala’s offering also to collecting and managing data on road surface condition. Identifying damages on the road surface, combined with observed and modeled data on weather conditions, enable us to provide high-quality data services also to developers creating technologies for autonomous vehicles. When damages are identified, they can also be fixed in a timely manner, which increases safety and makes sure that resources are used efficiently.

Safety

Our technologies help our customers maintain safe operating environments in many parts of society. Extreme weather, such as hurricanes, can have devastating consequences on local economies and livelihoods. Vaisala’s hurricane-tracking dropsondes can make in situ measurements inside a hurricane, providing essential information for forecasting its path and intensity. This advance information helps to safeguard both lives and infrastructure. Weather also affects traffic safety: the aviation industry is dependent on accurate weather information to minimize delays and ensure safe operations; road authorities can mitigate accidents with roadside weather warnings; railway operators benefit from wind warnings; and also the maritime sector depends on weather forecasts. Even missions to space require safe weather conditions during launches.

The essential institutions in society, such as hospitals and production facilities, consume electricity to guarantee safe operations. Our solutions make it easy to maintain and monitor the devices that are critical for power production and distribution, such as high voltage transformers. Continuous transformer condition monitoring supports smart power grids, where electricity consumption is controlled and adjusted as needed. With reliable online monitoring, operators can move from reactive operations to preventive maintenance, which enables them to detect faults in time and thus prevent power outages that would risk the safety and operation of society.

Economic value

Vaisala has a positive impact on local communities through employment and taxes, both directly and through its supply chain. Responsible business practices and use of local suppliers create indirect benefits to local communities. Vaisala is committed to ensuring that it follows local and international tax rules and regulations in all jurisdictions where it conducts its business. We only engage in tax transactions that have a sound business rationale. We do not operate in tax haven countries for tax reasons. We comply with OECD transfer pricing guidelines and local legislations in relation to all of our intercompany transactions.

Collaboration in the scientific community

In addition to its own research and development work, Vaisala is an active player in the scientific community. Scientific collaboration strengthens our position as an industry pioneer and an innovative technology leader. Vaisala continues to be a contributor to many organizations, advancing technological development in several fields of study.

We collaborate with the leading research institutes and universities to advance studies related to environmental and industrial measurements across various scientific and technological fields. Our collaboration partners also include the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well as a number of national meteorological offices around the world. We also collaborate actively with researchers around the world in a wide variety of application areas, including volcanic lightning, field campaigns measuring detailed properties of lightning discharges, and extreme weather events. Vaisala is also an active participant in United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO coordinates the study of the state and behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere, including the weather and climate.

In the United States, Vaisala’s collaboration partners include the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Colorado State University (CSU), and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT).

In Finland, Vaisala operates in close cooperation with various scientific stakeholders, including for example the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., and Finnish universities. In addition to Finland and the United States, Vaisala participates in research projects also in Asia and elsewhere in Europe.

Active community outreach

In Vaisala, we are building a world in which environmental and industrial observations improve daily lives. As a global leader in measurement technology and as an active member of society, we support our stakeholders, promote higher education and research, and help new generations learn more about science.

Vaisala provides charitable donations with products, funding, or services to non-profit organizations as part of its community outreach activities. Our overall objective is to support organizations and projects that advance environmental awareness and science education. All our outreach activities are in line with our values and resonate well with topical issues close to our business, such as climate, weather, environmental and industrial measurements, and environmental sciences.