|Headline:||Belfort Instrument Company|
|Description:||Founded in 1876, Belfort Instrument Company has over a century of experience designing and delivering cutting-edge environmental measurement technologies. Its establishment coincided with the development of the U.S. Weather Bureau, now the National Weather Service, and the company undertook its early efforts in developing meteorological instruments in close cooperation with the fledgling organization. Belfort Instrument Company was there at the birth of flight; the Wright Brothers used its sensors for their flight tests at Kitty Hawk. Notable applications of the company’s products also include early efforts at mapping the moon’s surface. |
Belfort Instrument Company works with customers across a range of industries and markets, including professional meteorology, highway safety, maritime, and aviation. The firm has designed numerous products that have increased the accuracy of weather observations and therefore enhanced the safety of aviators. These include products for the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), as well as the DigiWx Automated Weather System and DigiWx Digital Weather Systems.
ASOS, sponsored by the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Weather Service, supplies weather observations that include precipitation, dew point, temperature, visibility, sky conditions, and wind. The system has been installed at hundreds of sites across the country.
Belfort Instrument Company developed DigiWx Automated Weather System to expand the firm's presence into the general airport market. The weather reporting system has proven popular because of its low installation and maintenance costs and its easy-to-use “plug and play” design. DigiWx Digital Weather Systems, on the other hand, wirelessly provide real-time weather information to both ground personnel and aircraft, with information transmitted through computer terminals, telephones, and VHF radio.
Belfort also provides runway visual range, ambient light, and visibility sensors for the U.S. Air Force OS-21/FSB Fixed Base Airport Weather System, which will be installed in more than 200 airports across the globe.