OUR VISION

Controlling the wind, and realizing the safer skies.

Since ancient times, the human has feared, respected and tried to control nature as civilizations and urban areas evolved around us. However, despite the level to which technology has evolved in the present age, we still stand helpless before the might of earthquakes, thunderstorms, typhoons and other overpowering natural phenomena.

As we have already learned from the destructive power of rainstorm and flooding, the cities created by mankind are fragile in the face of natural disasters, and the complexity of our urban structures further hinders accurate forecasts and countermeasures. Wind conditions are also greatly affected by aviation infrastructures, drones and other forms of “aero” technology, and there are many uncertainties surrounding the safety and efficiency of these technologies.

We at Metro Weather use our in-house technologies to accurately understand, visualize and control urban areas and wind conditions to ensure that our cities, skies and people in general remain safe and secure.

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2021/2/24

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2020/10/22

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ドローン安定運行に向けたリアルタイム風況情報提供に関する実証実験を開始

​(長崎県五島市のリリースはこちら)

2020/06/08

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NTTコミュニケーションズ様と業務提携契約を締結しました。

2019/04/23

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Fundraising implemented from Drone Fund and Real Tech Fund, etc.

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2019/04/16

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Selected for NEDO's 2018 New Energy Venture Business Technology Innovation Program.

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2018/08/08

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Metro Weather Co., Ltd. has launched a corporate site.

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OUR TECHNOLOGY
 

Compact High-Resolution Doppler Lidar

Wind Information is a familiar subject that can be obtained from weather forecasts and other sources, but all information up until now was restricted to ground surface details and it was difficult to obtain data on high-altitude winds or winds over the ocean.

Remote sensing technology and signal processing technology cultivated through many years of research at Kyoto University has enabled Metro Weather to develop a Doppler lidar capable of gathering accurate data on high-altitude winds and winds over the ocean.

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Remote Sensing Technology

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The Doppler effect allows us to sense soundwaves as they pass through air, and the Doppler lidars perform this with the use of laser beams.

Capturing extremely fine dust movement within the atmosphere by irradiating it with invisible and safe infrared lasers makes it possible to measure the movement and speed of the wind from remote locations.

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Signal Processing Technology

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The problem with the signal processing technology (Peak Search Method) used with conventional Doppler lidars was that there was too much noise generated from locations several kilometers away, which made it impossible to take measurements. Metro Weather developed its own Fitting Method measurement technology that enables weak signals to be captured from locations more than ten kilometers distant to obtain wind data.

Case Scenarios
 
Preventing Urban Disasters

There is now an urgent need to face the issue of the torrential rains that are being experienced more and more often recently by maintaining and managing disaster-prevention facilities in urban areas and by establishing measures to prevent underground flooding and reduce the number of human casualties. Torrential rainstorm are caused by warm and humid air gathering together and ascending air currents rising to high altitudes, where cumulonimbus clouds form and develop.

Meteorological radars are unable to detect cumulonimbus clouds until they form, which prevents the acquisition of sufficient forecasting lead time.

Aimed an environment in which research and development into forecasting torrential downpours as swiftly as possible is underway, we have installed multiple Metro Weather Doppler lidars on the roofs of high-rise buildings to monitor detailed wind conditions in the skies above urban areas, enabling us to collect data on gathering winds and ascending air currents, which are the cause of cumulonimbus cloud build-ups.

Preventing Urban Disasters

Wind Power Generators

Wind Power Generators

Conventional direct observation anemometers measure winds with the use of propellers and wind cups, and although the accuracy of the measurements taken is excellent, they are restricted to just one observation point. Wind condition surveys carried out in advance of installing wind power generators also use direct observation anemometers installed on towers to take measurements. The most important factor taken into account when offshore wind power generator operators decide whether or not to commence business is the wind conditions (strength of the wind, lack of wind turbulence) in the planned area of construction. However, social restrictions on the construction of wind observation towers (environmental restrictions, obtaining the support of local fishery cooperatives, etc.), as well as the enormous sums involved, which can rise to billions of yen, cause many problems for wind power generator operators.

The use of high-performance and inexpensive Doppler lidars (to observe wind conditions far offshore at high resolution from the coast) instead of conventional methods provides a high-quality, simple and low-cost alternative to conventional methods of observing wind conditions, which represents an indispensable element in investigating the feasibility of plans to operate offshore wind power generator farms.

Aviation

Aviation

Most aviation accidents occur within four minutes of takeoff and within seven minutes of landing during the so-called “Critical Eleven Minutes.” Half of these accidents are caused by wind turbulence, and wake turbulence that occurs on the edges of the main wings of aircraft is recently becoming more pronounced in alignment with the trend toward making aircraft larger. Wake turbulence is extremely dangerous if it is present during takeoff and landing, and it is consequently necessary to abort takeoff and landing until the wake turbulence has dispersed.

However, the fact that it is not possible to actually measure conditions prevalent in wake turbulence creates an enormous problem in the operation of airports, so we installed Doppler lidars capable of detecting wake turbulence at airports or mounted them on airplanes to provide the information required for monitoring wake turbulence. Controlling the intervals between aircraft adaptively in alignment with wake turbulence conditions contributes to greatly increasing the capacity of airports capable of securing safety, and to the safe operation of aircraft.

Drones

Rapid advances in drone technology are attracting much attention for using drones for infrastructure inspections and maintenance purposes, and for distribution purposes. However, the wind becomes very turbulent near to ground level where drones fly, and this can cause various large- and small- scale turbulence, which drones hate.

Amid an environment in which drones are enjoying rapid expansion, we have established compact Doppler lidars across urban areas to acquire data on three-dimensional wind conditions in a wide range of areas so that we can provide wind condition information to drone operators and traffic controllers.

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ABOUT US

Metro Weather Co., Ltd. is a startup company for the purpose of developing high-performance Doppler lidars capable of observing wind direction and wind speed from several kilometers away by monitoring the minute movements of microparticles in the atmosphere. Based on many years of research by Kyoto University, Japan enabled us to complete an unprecedented three-dimensional wind condition map, and our aim is to contribute to the safety of the skies.

 
Kuniaki Higashi
CEO

After being appointed postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University in 2009, was involved in the development of air turbulence detection and prediction technology using atmospheric radars, and the development of high-resolution weather forecasting simulations. Gained experience in environmental assessment work for two years at a private weather forecasting company. Having retired his position as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014, established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. as a startup company launched by Kyoto University in 2015 together with Junichi Furumoto after completing preparations that lasted for one year.
CEO, Doctor of Kobe University (science) and certified weather forecaster

Junichi Furumoto
Director

Assistant professor at Kyoto University's Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere. In addition to using his knowledge of measurement, control and communications, etc., to develop new radar observation technology, was also involved in research directly connected to solving social issues and recently developed a high-performance coherent Doppler lidar making full use of the development of state-of-the-art observation technologies and devices. Established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2015 together with Kuniaki Higashi under the belief that the innovations from universities should be brought to the fore. Involved in many initiatives aimed at the social implementation of research results for solving social issues and contributing to society. Doctor of Kyoto University (informatics) and engineer.

Hisao Nishimura
Director

Joined Bank of Kyoto after graduating from the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, in 1974. After serving as the assistant manager of the New York office and the vice-director of the Investigation Department in the Head Office, gained experience as the president of semiconductor manufacturing unit manufacturer TOWA, a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Has many years of experience in the financial industry and as an administrator for a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Appointed director of Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2017.

Rieko Kakibara

After serving as a secretary to a professor in the registrar’s office of Kyoto University, has been working on general affairs in Metro Weather since it was first founded. From the experience gained in clerical work at the university, has mastered all tasks involved in receiving financial assistance from public institutions, accounting work and the work involved in general affairs. Gained experience as a programmer for a major electronic appliance manufacture before joining the university registrar’s office, and is also known as an engineer in addition to a general affairs specialist. Indispensable to the administration of Metro Weather.

TEAM
CEO
Kuniaki Higashi

After being appointed postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University in 2009, was involved in the development of air turbulence detection and prediction technology using atmospheric radars, and the development of high-resolution weather forecasting simulations. Gained experience in environmental assessment work for two years at a private weather forecasting company. Having retired his position as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014, established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. as a startup company launched by Kyoto University in 2015 together with Junichi Furumoto after completing preparations that lasted for one year.

CEO, Doctor of Kobe University (science) and certified weather forecaster

Director
Junichi Furumoto

Assistant professor at Kyoto University's Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere. In addition to using his knowledge of measurement, control and communications, etc., to develop new radar observation technology, was also involved in research directly connected to solving social issues and recently developed a high-performance coherent Doppler lidar making full use of the development of state-of-the-art observation technologies and devices. Established Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2015 together with Kuniaki Higashi under the belief that the innovations from universities should be brought to the fore. Involved in many initiatives aimed at the social implementation of research results for solving social issues and contributing to society. Doctor of Kyoto University (informatics) and engineer.

Director
Hisao Nishimura

Joined Bank of Kyoto after graduating from the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, in 1974. After serving as the assistant manager of the New York office and the vice-director of the Investigation Department in the Head Office, gained experience as the president of semiconductor manufacturing unit manufacturer TOWA, a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Has many years of experience in the financial industry and as an administrator for a company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Appointed director of Metro Weather Co., Ltd. in 2017.

Rieko Kakibara

After serving as a secretary to a professor in the registrar’s office of Kyoto University, has been working on general affairs in Metro Weather since it was first founded. From the experience gained in clerical work at the university, has mastered all tasks involved in receiving financial assistance from public institutions, accounting work and the work involved in general affairs. Gained experience as a programmer for a major electronic appliance manufacture before joining the university registrar’s office, and is also known as an engineer in addition to a general affairs specialist. Indispensable to the administration of Metro Weather.

 
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RECRUIT

Message from our CEO

Metro Weather is a venture company developing Doppler lidars that use infrared lasers to analyze the light reflected from microparticles in the atmosphere to acquire data on wind direction and wind speed from the speed and direction in which the microparticles move.

We are currently in the process of strengthening our system of administration and development in preparation for expanding our business affairs. We are extremely interested in employing people capable of making the best possible use of their backgrounds to show passion in the development, manufacture and sale of world-leading products. We look forward to realizing our dreams together in a worthwhile and bright workplace.

Kuniaki Higashi

CEO

Metro Weather Co., Ltd.

 

Software Engineer

Metro Weather develops and manufactures Doppler lidars that use infrared lasers to analyze the light reflected from microparticles in the atmosphere to acquire data on wind direction and wind speed from the speed and direction in which the microparticles move. We are currently searching for personnel to take charge of system software that applies pulse compression technology to Doppler lidars to contribute to disaster prevention, wind power generators, drone control and aviation safety, etc.

Optics and Mechatronics Engineers

Metro Weather develops and manufactures Doppler lidars that use infrared lasers to analyze the light reflected from microparticles in the atmosphere to acquire data on wind direction and wind speed from the speed and direction in which the microparticles move. We are currently searching for optics and mechatronics engineers to develop Doppler lidars that have even higher levels of performance and are more compact and lightweight.

CFO Candidates

Metro Weather completed the series A round of capital financing in September and acquired Drone Fund, Real Tech Fund and independent investors as new shareholders.

We are now planning to expand our business affairs and initiate large-scale fund-raising in 2019, and are searching for CFO candidates able to tie our administration and finances together and achieve our ideals.

代表者コメント

当社は赤外線レーザーを用いて大気中の微粒子からの反射光を解析し、微粒子の移動速度や方向から風向・風速のデータを取得する、ドップラー・ライダーを開発するベンチャー企業です。


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Metro Weather Co., Ltd.

No. 6, Uji Venture Incubation Factory,. 1-25 Nishinohata. Okubo-cho, Uji City, Kyoto, 611-0033, Japan

TEL: +81-774-46-2002

15-minute walk from Okubo Station on the Kintechu Kyoto Line

17-minute walk from Shinden Station on the JR Nara Line

 
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