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San Diego Gas & Electric monitors wildfire conditions with DeTect’s RAPTOR™ XBS-BL Radar Wind Profiler

DeTect, Inc. ( announced that its RAPTOR XBS-BL Radar Wind Profiler is now part of San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) “early warning system,” helping the utility’s meteorologists determine if Santa Ana winds and associated wildland fire risk are in the forecast.

The two new mobile boundary layer wind profilers will update wind conditions every six minutes helping the utility predict where wind driven wildfire danger is greatest. “RAPTOR’s mobility means it can be set up quickly and easily wherever it is needed” said Scott McLaughlin, the company’s Vice President of its Meteorological Systems Group. “It can be moved from location to location as the wildfire moves providing critical information to the utility and firefighters.” The advanced wind profiler developed and manufactured by DeTect can be also be used to predict the track of chemical or toxic clouds, air pollution, and volcanic ash clouds.

About DeTect.  DeTect is headquartered in Panama City, Florida with radar engineering  and manufacturing facilities in Florida and Colorado and branch offices in Washington DC, Canada and England.  DeTect’s Meteorological Systems Group is the leader in wind profiler technology and developed a new generation of advanced, modern systems that incorporate the latest in digital processing technology and functionality delivering significantly improved system performance and reliability over legacy designs. Other DeTect radar products include airspace and marine security surveillance radars, drone detection radars, and avian radars for aircraft-bird strike risk avoidance, wind farm bird mortality risk mitigation, and industrial bird control and protection.