About Meteosoft Solutions
Meteosoft Solutions started in 2012 after the Proprietor, Rob Munn, retired from active employment with Almos
(which was later incorporated into Telvent, and then Schneider), developing and maintaining meteorological software
in C++ and C#. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology used Almos's Automatic Weather Stations for their weather
observing network. Rob has 20 years experience as a Meteorologist, and 20 years as a Software Engineer.
Rob had noticed possible market niches during his employment and decided to develop hardware and software prototypes to check their viablity.
As a trained meteorological observer, Rob had noticed that weather observing automation had not encompassed cloud observations.
Sensors were available to measure temperature, humidity, pressure, wind direction and speed, rainfall, visibility and cloud height.
However no sensor existed that measured or detected cloud amount and type. A prototype sensor and software was developed to fill this niche,
and was called NephiSys (from Greek, Nephos, meaning cloud), and is now a mature, tested product.
Rob's experience in forecasting weather for the oil industry, made him aware of the dangers of squalls, and the benefits of having a real
time squall detection system. The Squall Detector was developed based on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's
public online radar system, where the software detects possible squalls near a user's site, and warns the user of the danger. The software
was further enhanced to include the ability to forecast the movement of squalls based on current and past track history and development,
resulting in a product called Squall Tracker. Both are currently being used by
Offshore Weather Services PTY Ltd.
Maintaining his interest in meteorology, Rob has a Vaisala WXT510
sensor on his roof together with a backup LaCrosse set of sensors.
The data is stored locally using his MetStation software, which also transmits the data to
Weather Underground, the
Bureau of Meteorology Weather Observation Website (WOW) and