Contrail Software Updates in 2020 – A Year in Review

While 2020 has brought many challenges and changes in the way we all workwhat hasn’t changed is OneRain’s mission and commitment to the clients we serve.

Since January 2020, when OneRain first announced a major new software release and upgrade for our environmental monitoring Contrail® software suite, OneRain’s team of developers has been working hard all year to bring you a host of new features, functionality, and enhancements in our next generation Contrail® 8 platform. Upgrading to Contrail 8 was a big and important step for our customers. It means new capabilities, enhanced security, new features, add-ons, resources, and so much more.

While it’s been an unprecedented and challenging year, 2020 has been action-packed for us here at OneRain. In this article, we take a look back at the top Contrail 8 releases of 2020. And, as we look forward to 2021, we continue to be at the forefront of developing and innovating exciting new products and technologies to support the ever-changing needs of our real-time environmental monitoring clients. 

Contrail® 8 Update

As of December 7, 2020, OneRain is happy to announce that all versions of Contrail running around the world have been upgraded from Contrail 6 to the latest Contrail 8 version. The upgrade sets our partner agencies up for a sustainable software environment for years to come and is included in the annual support and maintenance of Contrail. In addition to updates in security, the upgrade includes a new modern front-end framework and updated visualization that optimizes for mobile devices.

Contrail New Features Added in 2020

Graphing

New graphing enhancements were added including historical comparison mode, data quality values, and axis configuration options. The historical comparison mode allows users to compare a time series to another while overlaid on the same graph and x axis. For example, a user could compare May 2020’s data to the previous May’s data, enabling the user to see trends in the data and respond accordingly. In addition, the user is also able to configure the axes to meet their needs, instead of defaulting to auto scaling the axes. 

Contrail Graphing Features

Map

The map module also received more data-centric features, including map statics, historical data, and camera image visualization. Once a sensor has been selected, new toggles appear allowing the user to show data statistics and historical data instead of the current data values. The statics section will show the average, minimum, and maximum of the sensor data selected over selectable time ranges. For example, the user is able to quickly see important summary information for maximum water level or temperature over that time range. In addition, the user can also go into historical mode, and view data on the map from a previous date and time. This feature is great to replay an event across the area.

Alarms

One of the most popular modules in the software also received some minor features, including the ability to send data in the alarm delivery from other sensors. Previously Contrail was only able to include data from that rule’s sensor. Now, the administrator can show current readings from other sensors that might be relevant to that alarm. Other features include the ability to copy groups and a quick reset button for alarms.

Data Formats

New data formats added in 2020 include: Earth Networks Weather Observations, Davis Instruments, FTS 360, Aeris, Lambrecht Ser[LOG], StormLink® LoRaWAN, ASCII EMIT, HOBOLink, ALERT2 Binary,and Intellisense RAFFARV5.

Data Overlays – Lightning Data

System administrators have the ability to overlay lightning, radar, and other storm-related data on the map. In addition, system administrators can add asset rings to visualize lightning relative to high-value locations. From there, rules can be written to notify contacts in the event of electrical activity in the area. We’ll be providing more information in the coming months about this new offering.

Widgets

Several new widgets for Contrail Dashboards have been added, including Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Rose, Wind Direction Distribution, Contrail Camera Image browser for easily viewing previous images, Contrail Files, Google Drive and Microsoft for embedding documents, YouTube, Twitter, Earth Networks, and National Weather Service (NWS), and more.

Contrail Wind Widgets

Contrail Camera

Add Rules to be notified of image latency, and more! An e-mail alert can be generated if Contrail Camera has not received an image in a predetermined amount of time. Additionally, Contrail Camera can alarm on certain image metrics of interest over particular time periods, including if duplicate images are received, a camera is over reporting, or if image data exceeds certain thresholds.

Data Annotations

Users can easily add more information within their data with data annotations. Contrail now includes annotations for documenting any additional information the system administrator would like to show: marking the start/end of a historical event, noting an instrumentation change, or indicating the beginning of a procedural change.

Contrail Services

New Collector and Services Manager allow for more easily configuring, including easily switching data collection and services between instances of Contrail instances for faster disaster recovery. In addition, enhanced support tools allow for the Contrail team to more easily diagnose and troubleshoot any issues with the software.

Contrail Search

Improved and updated Search allows users to quickly get to the information more easily.

Contrail Software Localization

While the functionality of adapting the software for localization and data formats was implemented in 2019, Spanish, German, and French have now been added in as localization options in Contrail. New language support will be able to be added at any point.

Contrail Help

An all new “Help” website has been created to make it easier to find the relevant information for general users and system administrators. The website, found at help.onerain.com, includes Knowledge Base, Articles, Glossary, FAQs, and provides the opportunity to Chat with our Contrail Support team during normal business hours.

About Contrail

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

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New Release of OneRain’s Contrail Field Decoder Software

LONGMONT, CO, May 19, 2020 – OneRain is happy to announce the immediate availability of Contrail® Field Decoder Software release version 1.5.1159 used with our StormLink® IQ Decoder and StormLink® RF Receiver in-the-field products.

Contrail Field Decoder Software
Contrail® Field Decoder Software enables field staff to readily test, trouble-shoot, and verify that gauge sites and configurations are correct in an ALERT/ALERT2 hydrologic warning network.

Optimum network design and the peak performance of gauging stations are critical for the reliable delivery of data in real-time flood warning monitoring systems.

OneRain’s Field Decoder Solutions enable best field practices and testing techniques with the ability to receive and decode ALERT/ALERT2 radio communication signals at a site directly into a laptop. Field staff can readily test, trouble-shoot, and verify that gauge sites and configurations are correct.

What’s new

– Added security with support for decoding encrypted ALERT2 messages

– High data throughput with added support for decoding FEC modes 1 and 2

– Lower IP data usage with configurable IND1.1 Binary output

 

 

Compatible with all ALERT2 products, including High Sierra Electronics‘ transmitters and repeaters. The same OneRain-developed features are available in the HSE Model 1012 ALERT2 Decoder.

 
New encryption tab in the user interface
New collector output protocols

 

How to upgrade

This software update is available to licensed Contrail Field Decoder users whose annual standard software maintenance and technical support is active.  To update:

  1. Go to Settings > About > Check for Updates
  2. You’ll be prompted that updates are available. Click the text next to the Check for updates button to go to the Download page and follow the steps to install the latest version.

As long as your license key is under active maintenance and support, you can run the latest version.

COVID-19 Statement To Our Valued Customers and Partners

Dear Valued Customers and Partners,

First, our hearts and prayers are with those that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we thank all those who are working diligently to stop its spread and reduce its impact.

Further, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to challenge public health and communities globally, OneRain wants you to know we have taken necessary action to ensure we continue to meet your needs while also protecting our employees. As severe weather and extreme natural events will be among the few things not impacted by the COVID-19 virus, we recognize that our products and services must continue to provide reliable data and insights for key decision makers to save lives, protect property and support safe and efficient operations.

Please be assured that we will continue to deliver the highest level of support and service through our software and field support teams. Our support will continue to be available via e-mail and phone.

This is a dynamic and rapidly changing situation but OneRain is committed to providing you uninterrupted service and support. Whether working at our offices or from our homes, we remain here and fully engaged to assist you when you need us.

Stay safe.

 

Your OneRain Team

 

Phone: +1 303.774.2033

Software Support: contrail.support@onerain.com

Hardware/Field Support: customer.support@onerain.com

Online Help: help.onerain.com

OneRain Announces Release of Contrail® 8 Software Suite

Published on January 6, 2020 [Updated April 16, 2020]

Contrail® 8 is here! — OneRain Incorporated is pleased to announce a major new software release for its flagship platform.

In keeping pace with the ever-changing technologies, advances in security, and evolving requirements of their clients, OneRain announced the release of Contrail® 8—the next generation of their flagship software suite for real-time environmental monitoring.

 

Contrail is the leading enterprise-level software platform that collects, processes and delivers real-time environmental sensor data from local hydrometeorological networks and other external sources for Web-based dissemination, visualization, monitoring and automated alerting. The software provides critical information to help users understand and manage their environmental monitoring-related missions—from flood and road weather safety, to dams, stormwater, wastewater and water resource management—and is key to effective situational awareness and timely decision-making.

Included in this major update is the core Contrail software package, as well as Contrail Inventory plus, Contrail Camera, and Contrail TDMA Manager.

 

 

WHAT NEW FEATURES TO EXPECT WITH CONTRAIL 8

Contrail 8 features include the latest base operating system and core libraries, updated Web design with modern framework, and all-new widgets and graphing features. The release of Contrail 8 comes with a bevy of new features and improvements.

Latest Operating System

Contrail 8 runs on the newly released major version of Enterprise Linux operating system, CentOS 8. CentOS 8 incorporates important advancements in security hardening and optimized performance. It’s one of the most robust operating systems available, where the reliability and stability of systems is key. With this new operating system, Contrail utilizes all of the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, Python, Perl, etc.

Modern Design

A new front-end framework uses modern libraries and updated visualization that optimizes for mobile devices.

Contrail Administration screen

New Graphing Features

New graphing enhancements to easily visualize the data that is important, including historical mode, data quality values, easier axis scaling.

Contrail Graphing Features

Lots of New Widgets

Several new widgets for Contrail Dashboards have been added, including Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Wind Rose, Wind Direction Distribution, Contrail Camera Image browser for easily viewing previous images, Google Drive for embedding documents, YouTube, Dark Sky, Twitter, Earth Networks, and National Weather Service (NWS), and more…

Contrail Wind Widgets

 

Contrail Camera Widget

New Data Formats

Contrail is now able to collect new and expanded data formats and offers seamless integration for sending SHEF data to the National Weather Service and others.

Contrail Data Formats for National Weather Service and others

Create New Alert Rules for Contrail Camera

Add Rules to be notified of image latency, and more! An email alert can be generated if Contrail Camera has not received an image in a predetermined amount of time. Additionally, Contrail Camera can alarm on certain image metrics of interest over particular time periods, including if duplicate images are received, a camera is over reporting, or if a image data exceeds certain thresholds.

Alert Rules for Contrail Camera

 

All-New “Help” Website

An all new Help website has been created to make it easier to find the relevant information for general users and system administrators. The website can be found at help.onerain.com, includes Knowledge Base, Articles, Glossary, FAQs, and the opportunity to Chat with our Contrail Support team.

OneRain Help Website

Data Annotations

Users can easily add more information within their data with data annotations. Contrail now includes annotations for documenting any additional information the system administrator would like to show: marking the start/end of a historical event, noting an instrumentation change, or indicating the beginning of a procedural change.

 

Data Annotations

Much More…

New collector and services managers allow for more easily configuring, including easily switching data collection and services between instances of Contrail instances for faster disaster recovery. Users can add notes to any alarm rule to document with additional information. Updated search allows users to quickly get to the information more easily. Enhanced support tools allow for the Contrail team to more easily diagnose and troubleshoot any issues with the software. Additional software configuration options for base station owners.

 

UPGRADING TO CONTRAIL 8

Contrail 8 is considered a major operating system and application upgrade from Contrail 6, which will now be placed into Long-term Support (LTS). This software upgrade is available to all OneRain-hosted Contrail Web and Contrail Server users as well as licensed on-premise Contrail Base Station users current with standard maintenance.

This upgrade is automatic for Contrail Shared Web and Contrail Cloud Server instances—there’s no need for these customers to take action to receive the update.

For agencies that are running licensed on-premise Contrail Base Station, OneRain’s Contrail Support team will work directly with the agency’s IT department to provision a new server to facilitate the upgrade and migration from existing servers, and enable the running of systems in parallel for a period during the transition.

 

About OneRain Incorporated
Since 1992, OneRain has been providing solutions that optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, OneRain’s software and services deliver mission critical information to serve clients responsible for flood early warning, dam safety and reservoir operations, water resources, stormwater and wastewater management. For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 800-758-RAIN (7246).

OneRain is proud to be part of Advanced Environmental Monitoring – a family of innovators.

Earth Networks Joins Union Park Capital’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring Family of Companies

Earth Networks, a global provider of high quality, high resolution weather data and environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network, joins the AE Monitoring family of companies.

Germantown, MD – Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial technology investments, today announced the acquisition of Earth Networks, based in Germantown, MD.

For over 25 years, Earth Networks has helped organizations across the globe mitigate financial, operational and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather networks. Operating over 1,700 sensors across 100 countries, the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network is the most advanced lightning detection network in the world. Its ability to comprehensively monitor both in-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning enables the creation of faster severe weather alerts, lightning-derived radar alternatives and real-time storm visualization.

Earth Networks will join Union Park’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring platform (“AE Monitoring”) and will partner with the current businesses within the AE Monitoring family, including Davis Instruments, OneRain, High Sierra, Vieux & Associates, FTS, and Lambrecht Meteo. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Together, these entities can provide full-stack, end-to-end application solutions for customers across a multitude of industry applications.

“We are delighted to add Earth Networks to the AE Monitoring family. Having built the world’s largest lightning detection network, Earth Networks is playing a critical role in delivering weather safety solutions to protect people and assets in markets around the world,” says Peter McGuire, Partner & Co-Founder at Union Park Capital. “Their global data services and alerting applications enable differentiated value driven from their proprietary environmental networks,” said Peter.

“We are very excited for Earth Networks to join the Advanced Environmental Monitoring family,” says Rich Spaulding, CEO of Earth Networks. “By combining the unique technology and assets of Earth Networks, with the proven capabilities within other companies in the AE Monitoring portfolio, we are extremely enthusiastic about bringing broader and deeper solutions to our clients.”

About Earth Networks, Inc.
Earth Networks helps organizations mitigate financial, operational and human risk by providing environmental intelligence from the world’s largest hyperlocal weather network. Schools, airports, sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events and optimize operations. Companies across all industries use our weather data to automate decisions regarding risk management, business continuity, and asset protection. For more information, visit www.earthnetworks.com.

About Advanced Environmental Monitoring
Advanced Environmental Monitoring (AE Monitoring) was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018. AE Monitoring is combining global leaders to provide reliable and innovative environmental monitoring and analysis solutions. Our family of innovators offer world-class technologies and services, including sensors, dataloggers, telemetry, and software that provide advanced analytics and prediction. These technologies enable decision makers to improve their reaction time to weather and environmental events, helping to protect communities, people and infrastructure. For more information, visit www.aemonitoring.com.

About Union Park Capital
Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA, and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.

Davis Instruments Joins Union Park Capital’s AE Monitoring Family of Companies

Davis Instruments Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of precision weather, marine, and environmental instrumentation, joins the AE Monitoring family of companies.

Boston, MA – July 31, 2019. Union Park Capital, a Boston based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial technology investments, today announced the acquisition of Davis Instruments Corporation (“Davis”), based in Hayward, CA. For over 50 years, Davis has been recognized as a leader in developing and manufacturing precision weather, marine and environmental instrumentation. With customers across the global, Davis has become the trusted brand for meteorologists, educators, farmers, students, and discerning hobbyists. The business will join Union Park’s Advanced Environmental Monitoring platform (“AE Monitoring”), and will partner with the current businesses within the AE Monitoring family, including OneRain, High Sierra, Vieux & Associates, FTS, and Lambrecht Meteo. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are delighted to have Davis join the AE Monitoring family. Davis has a strong product offering and history of excellent customer service,” says Peter McGuire, Partner & Co-Founder at Union Park Capital. Davis is the world leader in weather stations for agriculture and discerning hobbyists. “The value of their product is unmatched within the customer applications they target,” said Peter.

“We are very excited for Davis to join the Advanced Environmental Monitoring family,” says Jim Acquistapace, former owner of Davis Instruments. “Becoming part of a larger platform will allow the business to take advantage of collaborations with AE Monitoring’s other companies in meteorology, hydrology, and broader environmental monitoring parameters. Davis has best in class product development, world class manufacturing, and a broad set of potential applications and end markets to take its products. As a part of the AE Monitoring family, I am excited to see Davis continue to grow and innovate across these large global market opportunities.”

About Davis Instruments Corporation
Davis Instruments was founded in 1963 and has become recognized throughout the world for manufacturing affordable, precision weather and marine instruments to meet the needs of value-minded professionals and consumers who demand the best. From the sleek, full-featured Vantage Vue to the customizable, industrial-grade Vantage Pro2 to the market leading Windex Wind Vane, Davis Instruments has engineered products for meteorologists, educators, farmers, students, and discerning hobbyists. For more information, visit www.davisinstruments.com.

About Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings
Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (AE Monitoring) was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018 to create a family of companies focused on monitoring of critical environmental parameters, including meteorology, hydrology, air, and soil. Social demands for environmental responsibility continue to increase, leading to growing initiatives and regulations for the development of environmental friendly industries, increased focus on disaster prevention and extreme weather (floods, hurricanes, droughts, thunderstorms, etc.), and advances in technology enabling real-time, more accurate monitoring in hazardous applications and environments. For more information, visit www.aemonitoring.com.

About Union Park Capital
Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA, and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.

OneRain Announces Title Sponsorship of National Hydrologic Warning Council’s 13th Biennial Conference

OneRain Incorporated, a leading provider of software, instrumentation, and systems integration to the Water Resource Management, Flood Warning, Post-Wildfire Mitigation, and Road Weather industries, is the title sponsor for the National Hydrologic Warning Council’s 13th Biennial Training Conference & Expo, June 17-20, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 200 attendees from local, state, and emergency response agencies from around the U.S. and abroad are expected to attend the event being held in Galt House Hotel.

“This is a really important conference as we continue to see the growing risks of flooding with the steady increase in extreme hydro-meteorological events, dam failure and levee breach incidents, and destructive wild fires that are impacting the world.” said OneRain’s CEO, James Logan.

This year’s conference is devoted to real-time hydrologic warning systems and how these systems and associated technologies assist local officials with hydrologic hazard preparedness, emergency response, recovery and mitigation. It is the largest conference focused on this topic in the United States.

OneRain, part of the AE Monitoring family of companies, will present on best practices for creating more reliable decision support systems and risk reduction through innovative technologies used in real-time early warning systems. Several educational sessions and training workshops will be presented by the AE Monitoring family over the course of three days:

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

8:30 am – 10:00 am: “Enhancements to HSE Hardware“, presented by Carrie Lery and Tom Ogden, High Sierra Electronics, CA

8:30 am – 10:00 am: “How Do You Model a Flood Anyway?“, presented by Baxter Vieux, Vieux & Associates, OK

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: “Twenty-Twenty Vision – Leveraging the Power of Live Cameras in Contrail®“, presented by Charles Yost and Scott Bores, OneRain Incorporated, CO

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

11:00 am – 11:30 am: “The Internet of Things and Seven Things You Should Know About How It Will Impact the Flood Warning, Dam Safety, and Levee Safety lndustries“, presented by James Logan, OneRain Incorporated, CO

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: “Bexar County Texas HALT System“, presented by Dave Wegman, Bexar County, San Antonio, TX and Tom Ogden, High Sierra Electronics, CA

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

9:00 am – 9:30 am: “South East Queensland ALERT2 Trial – Increased Reliability & Accuracy of Flood Warning Data in Australia“, presented by Mike Zucosky, OneRain Incorporated, CO

9:30 am – 10:00 am: “Enhancing Hydro-Met Warning Systems with the Internet of Things“, presented by Zoë Fyfe, FTS Inc., BC, Canada

10:30 am – 11:00 am: “System Resiliency, Eliminating Single Points of Failure“, presented by Scott Bores, OneRain Incorporated, CO

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: “ALERT2 Network Design” presented by James Logan, OneRain Incorporated, CO and Carrie Lery, High Sierra Electronics, CA

 

The full conference agenda and schedule is available here.  For more information about the 2019 NHWC Training Conference & Expo and event registration, go to www.hydrologicwarning.org

 

About OneRain Incorporated
Since 1992, OneRain has been providing solutions that optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, OneRain’s software and services deliver mission critical information to serve clients responsible for flood early warning, dam safety and reservoir operations, water resources, stormwater and wastewater management. For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 800-758-RAIN (7246).

Vistage Recognizes James Logan with the 2018 Leadership Award

DENVER, CO, May 22, 2018Vistage, the world’s leading CEO peer-advisory organization, today announced that James Logan is the recipient of the Leadership Award. The Vistage Leadership Award honors members for their achievement in leadership. These members embody Vistage’s values of trust, caring, challenge and growth and make great decisions that benefit their companies, families and communities.

James Logan, award winner for Leadership, is CEO of OneRain (onerain.com) and High Sierra Electronics (HSE, hsierra.com), providers of software, instrumentation, and systems integration to the Water Resource Management, Flood Warning, Post-Wildfire Mitigation, and Road Weather industries. Through OneRain’s and HSE’s impactful work, federal, state, and local U.S. government agencies are able to safeguard the public from extreme rainfall, flood risks, dam failures, post-fire debris flows, and hazardous weather driving conditions. For example, in a matter of months after the recent Sonoma County Tubbs and Nuns deadly wildfires in California, OneRain and HSE facilitated the successful installation of a county-wide flood warning system.

Mr. Logan has been a member of Vistage since 2007. With the continued growth of OneRain and following the acquisition of High Sierra Electronics in 2016, James enrolled his next-level management team in Vistage. Today, the OneRain/HSE team has six members in Vistage. More recently, James is leading the newly-created Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (AE Monitoring, aemonitoring.com) group with OneRain and HSE as its foundation companies. AE Monitoring was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018 to create a family of companies focused on monitoring critical environmental parameters, including meteorology, hydrology, air, and soil.

After learning of the award, James Logan said, “I am honored to receive this Leadership award. Vistage has given our next-generation leadership a common communication language which has been instrumental in helping us build a strong team and successful businesses that serve our core mission.”

“I have been impressed with the leadership and demonstrated success that James and his team have achieved since he joined my Vistage group six years ago.” said Bill Treadwell, Vistage Chair.

 

Vistage leadership awards James Logan, CEO OneRain

 

About OneRain Incorporated
OneRain Incorporated was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, with additional offices in Australia and Germany. In August of 2016, OneRain’s owners acquired High Sierra to expand product offerings and strengthen their position in the weather safety market. OneRain and High Sierra both have in-house development and direct sales forces in the U.S. For more information visit www.onerain.com.

About High Sierra Electronics
High Sierra Electronics was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Grass Valley, California, with additional offices in San Antonio and Fort Worth, TX, and Louisville, KY. High Sierra specializes in flood warning sensors, equipment, and transmitters for public and improved traffic safety. For more information visit www.hsierra.com.

About AE Monitoring
Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (AE Monitoring) was formed by Union Park Capital in 2018 to create a family of companies focused on monitoring of critical environmental parameters, including meteorology, hydrology, air, and soil. Social demands for environmental responsibility continue to increase, leading to growing initiatives and regulations for the development of environmental friendly industries, increased focus on disaster prevention and extreme weather (floods, hurricanes, droughts, thunderstorms, etc.), and advances in technology enabling real-time, more accurate monitoring in hazardous applications and environments.​ Learn more at aemonitoring.com.

About Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
Vistage Worldwide is an organization designed exclusively for high-integrity CEOs and executive leaders who are looking to drive better decisions and better results for their companies. Our members — 22,000 strong in more than 20 countries — gather in trusted, confidential peer advisory groups where they tackle their toughest challenges and biggest opportunities. Leveraging the Vistage platform, our members have demonstrated the ability to refine their instincts, improve their judgment, expand their perspectives and optimize decision-making. CEOs who joined Vistage in the past five years grew their companies 2.2 times faster than average small and midsize U.S. companies, according to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data. Learn more at Vistage.com.

Rapid Deployment of Flood Warning System for County of Sonoma Following Devastating Wildfires

In October 2017, the Sonoma County region experienced several firestorms that left a blazing path of destruction and killed at least 25 people. In the aftermath, the communities faced a new danger as they struggled to recover. The resulting fire burn scars and ground conditions throughout the Tubbs and Nuns area had left the region highly vulnerable to life-threatening flash flooding and debris flows during heavy rainstorms. As they headed into California’s rainy season, Sonoma County and City of Santa Rosa officials knew that a flood warning network was needed as quickly as possible to assist the County and National Weather Service in detecting potential flooding conditions.

rain-gauge-installed-after-wildfires-sonoma-county

Led by Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) and working collaboratively with a team from OneRain and other local agencies, a plan was put in place to implement a new flood warning network for the region that would provide advanced warning for potential flash flood threats to the communities as they struggled to recover.

The timing and speed of installation of the new ALERT2-based radio telemetry network was critical. Strategic monitoring site locations within and downstream of the burn scar areas were chosen. OneRain conducted a radio path analysis and designed an optimized network plan that would leverage other existing ALERT2 networks in the area.

More than 25 HSE automated rainfall and streamflow gauges were installed by OneRain’s Field Services team. Soil moisture sensors were later installed to track saturation and potential slope destabilization in at-risk areas. OneRain’s Contrail® software platform provides SCWA with secure 24/7 real time data collection, archiving, monitoring, and visualization used in decision support. SCWA and other officials and responders receive advanced notifications of potential flood-threatening conditions via email and SMS. The data feeds sent from Contrail to the National Weather Service are used in developing their official active hazardous weather warnings and advisories. The general public can also view up-to-the-minute rainfall, streamflow, and other data at https://sonoma.onerain.com/.

The entire ALERT2™ Flood Warning network was fully operational in less than four months.

 

“The need on the heels of the October fires was imminent, and the pace at which we had to act was daunting. OneRain definitely stepped up to the plate to help us navigate this rapid deployment of our gauge network. Their expertise and professionalism were invaluable throughout the process,” said Jay Jasperse, Chief Engineer, Sonoma County Water Agency.

 

 

In a press release issued by the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa, Brian Garcia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service said, “Knowing what is going on in real time is vitally important to the issuance of life-saving warnings, such as flash flood warnings. During rain storms we continually monitor the network of instrumentation across Sonoma County to maintain situational awareness.”

 

About OneRain Incorporated
Since 1992, OneRain has been providing solutions that optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, OneRain’s software and services deliver mission critical information to serve clients responsible for flood early warning, dam safety and reservoir operations, water resources, stormwater and wastewater management. For more information, visit www.onerain.com or call 800-758-RAIN (7246).

 

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Union Park Capital Announces Investment in OneRain and High Sierra Electronics

LONGMONT, CO – March 8, 2018. OneRain Incorporated (“OneRain”), Longmont, CO, and High Sierra Electronics, Inc. (“High Sierra”), Grass Valley, CA, are pleased to announce their entry into a new project with Union Park Capital (“Union Park”), a Boston-based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial technology investments. OneRain and High Sierra will serve as the core platform in Union Park’s newly created Advanced Environmental Monitoring Holdings (“AE Monitoring”).

OneRain and High Sierra provide environmental monitoring systems and software to better understand and manage water-related missions and to protect lives and property. Since 1992, OneRain has helped shape the next generation of real-time hydrometeorological monitoring technology, allowing clients to optimize water management, heighten regulatory compliance, achieve successful civil works, and save lives. High Sierra, also founded in 1992, designs and manufactures systems to help identify threats posed by the weather, including flooding, dangerous road conditions, and vulnerable dams and levees. Together, with a focus on advanced technology and customer satisfaction, OneRain and High Sierra are leaders in flood warning, road weather safety, and water and wastewater management.

“We are thrilled to be joining the Union Park family,” says James Logan, who will remain as President of both OneRain and High Sierra. “As our relationship with Union Park developed, we quickly realized our vision for the future could not have been more aligned. Their strategy of keeping businesses operating autonomously and their willingness to allow us to continue to pursue our goals was very appealing. With the investment from Union Park, we’ll have the resources to expand our product and service capability for our customers.”

“James Logan and his team have done a fantastic job leading these two wonderful businesses,” notes Peter McGuire, Partner at Union Park Capital. “We have the utmost respect for what they have accomplished and could not be happier to have James continue at the helm of OneRain and High Sierra. It’s rare to find an organization with a combination of deep technical knowledge, product and service strength, and management capability. We look forward to helping these businesses grow and we are thrilled to begin the journey,” said Peter.

About OneRain Incorporated
OneRain Incorporated was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, with additional offices in Australia and Germany. In August of 2016, OneRain’s owners acquired High Sierra to expand product offerings and strengthen their position in the weather safety market. OneRain and High Sierra both have in-house development and direct sales forces in the U.S. For more information visit www.onerain.com.

About High Sierra Electronics
High Sierra Electronics was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Grass Valley, California, with additional offices in San Antonio and Fort Worth, TX, and Louisville, KY. High Sierra specializes in flood warning sensors, equipment, and transmitters for public and improved traffic safety. For more information visit www.hsierra.com.

About Union Park Capital
Union Park Capital is a private equity firm solely focused on lower middle-market industrial technology companies. Union Park takes a long-term perspective to help stakeholders build value over time and drives value creation through profitably growing a business, not financial engineering. Union Park Capital is based in Boston, MA, and has extensive investments and expertise in the analytical instrumentation sector. For more information, visit www.union-park.com.