Vaisala recently launched the Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. The subscription-based products utilize historical lightning data from Vaisala's National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) and - for the first time - historical data from Vaisala's Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360.
The Lightning Integrator is an application program interface (API) that allows companies and governments to ingest lightning data straight into their systems, so users can quickly gain access to historical lightning data after a storm. While Lightning Integrator is more developer friendly, the Lightning Exporter is a different platform that is easier to use and does not require technical training. The Lightning Exporter website enables personnel to download lightning data for a location and time period anywhere they have active operations. Lightning can significantly impact industries in two main ways: it can put the safety of employees who work outside at risk as well as cause damage to outdoor infrastructure.