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.
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.
Remote Sensing Technology
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.
Signal Processing Technology
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metro Weather Co., Ltd.
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.
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.
Metro Weather Co., Ltd.
No. 6, Uji Venture Incubation Factory,. 1-25 Nishinohata. Okubo-cho, Uji City, Kyoto, 611-0033, Japan
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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