Vaisala’s Automated Weather Observing System chosen for Gulf of Mexico platformVaisala, Inc.’s Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) will be installed on the BP Atlantis Deepwater Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Vaisala’s AWOS III system was purchased by Stratos, the Communication System Integrator for all four of BP’s deepwater oil platforms. Vaisala’s system will be used to report aviation weather conditions to assist incoming helicopters for BP Atlantis.Stratos will be designing all mounting systems for the AWOS system and will be responsible for design documentation, installation and commissioning of Vaisala’s AWOS system. The expected completion date is third quarter, 2005. The system will report temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, wind gusts, visibility, cloud height and sky condition, precipitation and density altitude.Vaisala is an international company that develops and manufactures products and services for environmental and industrial measurements. Core customers include national meteorological services, meteorological research institutes, road and aviation authorities, defense forces, land and water resource management agencies, insurance companies, public utilities and industrial companies. Vaisala employs over 1,100 professionals and achieved net sales of EUR 189.2 million in 2003. In 2003, exports accounted for 96.6% of net sales. Vaisala’s A-series shares are listed on the Helsinki Exchanges (HEX).