In order to validate this hypothesis, CASA has developed end-to-end warning system, that includes sensors, software architecture, products, data dissemination and visualization, and user decision making. In this way, impacts and value of the information can be evaluated in a live environment. Customers from across economic sectors are partnering with CASA WX to help determine the value proposition. All users contribute either monetary or in-kind resources to get access to CASA data and support the operations and development of the network. Local aviation partners include a major international airport, two major airlines, smaller regional airports and local FAA air traffic managers. They are participating in evaluation studies to see how high resolution data from the CASA radars can help with improved decision making when bad weather disrupts flight schedules and negatively impacts the normal flow of passengers, and extends customer service requirements outside the norm. In the healthcare sector, emergency managers from local hospitals and air ambulance operators are evaluating the use of CASA data to keep patients and employees safe when windstorms and tornadoes approach critical facilities. Telecom and utility companies with critical infrastructure assets (such as towers, power and communication lines) are participating in the CASA WX program to see how the data can help them quickly respond to wind storm and icing events.
From the provider side, several national and international manufacturers of short wavelength radars have provided their latest radar offerings for integration to the network. Participating in this network allows them to get insight into customer needs, product specifications and technical requirements for operating radar networks, while also understanding the economics/costs of supporting such networks. The network also allows them to benchmark their products against competitors and create a marketing platform. In addition, providers of in-situ sensors such as sodars and mobile sensors such as MOPEDs are also providing live data into the network to demonstrate how a regional approach to a heterogeneous Network of Networks can help provide a more complete picture of the lowest parts of the atmosphere. Finally, the network has an active involvement from weather data resellers who collect data from radar providers, add value through proprietary algorithms and ultimately provide decision making products to customers. This synergistic relationship between customers, providers and intermediaries in CASA's Living Lab could result in the formation of partnerships that could together support deployments in other parts of the country.
This presentation will discuss the status of the partnership model and the value proposition as perceived by users, providers and intermediaries and present future plans.