OTT HydroMet

OTT HydroMet

OTT HydroMet provides valuable insights for experts in water and weather applications to help protect lives, the environment and infrastructure. We go beyond simply providing solutions by partnering with our customers in designing effective answers to the challenges they encounter in their vital role of monitoring the world’s water and surface weather. When you choose to work with OTT HydroMet, you’re also working with over 580 years of combined expertise across seven strong brands that have come together to provide reliability and sustainability for monitoring networks. Our global team leverages decades of expertise from each market to shape modern technologies, engineering, and applications. They combine globalized innovation with tailored expert service and break local barriers by listening to your unique needs, so you can have better trust and confidence in your data for both water and weather applications.

Company details

Ludwigstraße 16 , Kempten , 87437 Germany

Subsidiaries

View in map

Find locations served, office locations, manufacturers and our distributors. Or browse our memberships .

Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Water Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1873
Employees:
101-1000
Turnover:
10,000,000 - 100,000,000 €

Image

OTT HydroMet provides valuable insights for experts in water and weather applications to help protect lives, the environment, and infrastructure.

We go beyond simply providing solutions by partnering with our customers in designing effective answers to the challenges they encounter in their vital role in monitoring the world’s water and surface weather.

When you choose to work with OTT HydroMet, you’re also working with over 580 years of combined expertise across seven strong brands that have come together to provide reliability and sustainability for monitoring networks.

Our global team leverages decades of expertise from each market to shape modern technologies, engineering, and applications. They combine globalized innovation with tailored expert service and break local barriers by listening to your unique needs, so you can have better trust and confidence in your data for both water and weather applications.

Image

In 1873 Albert OTT founded the 'Mathematical-Mechanical Institut A. OTT' in Kempten, Germany. In the founding years, development was focused on mechanical water level recorders, hydrometric current meters and planimeters. Albert Ott spared no effort he travelled the world and introduced his instruments to an international expert audience, like he did at the World Exhibition 1880 in Melbourne in 1880. Five year later, Albert Ott developed and launched the first current meter. After the early death of Albert Ott, his brother Max and later the Swiss, Mr. Adolf Steis took over the ownership of the OTT company. In the following years the OTT company grew, and the name “OTT” began to develop into a worldwide brand. In 1920, the company moved to a new building in the center of Kempten, Germany.

The OTT company was the first non-governmental institution which got its own rating/calibration tank in 1922. The period '40s-50s-60s' was characterized by challenges, new developments and first steps into automated data processing technologies- to make this happen people with ideas were key. The Conzen-OTT 'train-timetable-calculation' instrument developed in the 40s was still used by the Deutsche Bahn until the 80s.

Founded in 1959 in Austin Texas by Bud Garner, the Hydrolab idea was to reverse the workflow in water analysis tasks. Instead of transporting samples from the sampling location to the laboratory, Hydrolab sensors brought the lab to the site. OTT introduced its mechanic “punched tape water level recorder” for remote data transmission in 1965. The information age had begun...

With the OTT Allgomatic, an Innovative solution in electronic data processing was launched in 1970. It was capable of electronic data recording, data storage and data transmission. Eight years later, an OTT Allgomatic Desk Version was released, which was easily upgradable at any time and was not only used in the field of hydrology but also for meteorological and environmental applications. The OTT Hydrus datalogger introduced in 1985 rang in the new era of compact loggers.

The year 1990 brought the OTT HydroSens, opening a new chapter in the successful OTT data logger history - thanks to the CAN-fieldbus system, the exchange of data became considerably more efficient.

Two years later, Guenther Walcher and Lix Paulian founded the Adcon Telemetry GmbH in Vienna. With systems for monitoring, transmitting and evaluating of data, Adcon was active solely in the still young but strongly growing market of wireless telemetry. New premises directly located at the river Iller - the perfect place for a hydrometry company – were established in 1993. Only few months after the move to the new premises, the new, modern rating tank was inaugurated. For the exact calibration of current meters data were now transferred contact-free.

In 1994, OTT Pluvio – the first precipitation gauge with integrated data processing based on the weighing principle was released. In the same year in October, a Spanish OTT representation was founded with OTT Medioambiente. Operating from Madrid with its own sales and service office, the OTT subsidiary is the direct contact for customers on the Iberian Peninsula as well as in Angola and Cape Verde.

In the new millennium, the Datalogger OTT Logosens with flexible sensor connection concept set a new benchmark in the field of environmental monitoring.

Hydrolab and OTT became a part of the Danaher Corporation in the year 2002. Both companies have continued working as independent businesses.

In 2004, the new Hydrolab multiparameter sondes were launched. At the same time, the field 'water quality measurement' was added to the OTT product portfolio.

In 2011, ADCON Telemetry also became a part of the Danaher Corporation. From there on, three innovative companies join their forces in the OTT Hydromet Group: OTT, Hydrolab and ADCON Telemetry. Sharing a common vision these companies are providing innovative solutions and measuring systems for hydrometric, meteorology and environmental monitoring. In 2016, the environmental measurement technology supplier Lufft was added to the new company group, followed by Kipp & Zonen in 2018 complementing the portfolio with solar radiation sensors.

Lufft Logo

G. Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH, located in Fellbach near Stuttgart, has been developing and producing professional components and systems for climate and environment measurement for more than 135 years.

Tradition - Quality - Precision

The precision workmanship of highly skilled specialists has enabled the LUFFT label to be known and the products to be purchased worldwide. Intelligent meteorological sensors form the basis of highly available measuring networks along roads, rail and at airports all over the world. Meteorological services and environmental bodies appreciate the precise and long lasting Lufft quality as do building equipment manufacturers and energy suppliers as well.

Quality and precision are the first priority for Lufft. With the certified quality management system in accordance with the requirements of the international known standard ISO 9001, which the company follows since 1995, Lufft not only prove to the outside world that quality orientation in every process determines how you think and act.

Lufft underlines its claims to high quality by operating its own calibrating laboratory

In January 2016 Lufft agreed to be acquired by OTT Hydromet, located in Kempten, Germany. We are proud to be part of a group of six companies (OTT, Hydrolab, ADCON Telemetry, Sutron, Lufft and Kipp & Zonen), that serves customers with high quality and reliable instruments focused on environmental monitoring solutions for natural resource and oceanographic applications.

Designed, developed and made in Germany:

We develop and manufacture exclusively in Germany. This is the only location offering optimum framework conditions and the qualified skilled personnel which ensure that you receive firstclass sensors and instruments. Development, manufacture, warehouse and dispatch are all under the same roof. This enables us to respond quickly and flexibly to possible changes during order processing.

Quality standards:

For over 135 years, the name LUFFT has stood for outstanding, innovative, high-quality products. Our high quality standards are part of the corporate culture and are supported by several pillars.

Planning:

We listen to our customers and analyze their behavior during data collection and evaluation. With the knowledge of what our customers really need, we develop systems and solutions that advance progress.

Development:

The latest research findings, innovative technologies and the utmost diligence are the basis for design and development. Each individual development step is tested before the finished product is subjected to a thorough quality assurance procedure. Final product tests in conjunction with customers are the last important touchstone before market launch.

Production:

Optimized standard processes ensure smooth production. After the production cycle, each measuring instrument is individually inspected, tested and, if necessary, calibrated. A FAT (Factory Acceptance Test certificate) confirms that the product has left our factory in perfect condition. This is supplied with each device.

Consulting:

Sales engineers with specific expertise in the field of hydrology, meteorology or data technology are reliable partners. They advise our customers and work with them to develop individual solutions.

Service:

At the customer's request, experienced service staff accompany all installation steps - from mounting sensors through configuration to cabling the individual components. The final functional test ensures fault-free operation from the start.

ISO 9001:2015:

We are ISO 9001:2015 certified. The ISO certification is audited every year. The certification proofs that Lufft successfully operates and maintains a quality management system in accordance with the guidelines of ISO 9001:2015.

The certificate confirms that our products and services meet our customers’ quality standards as well as statutory and regulatory requirements. Naturally, we only work with ISO-certified suppliers.

Kaizen – striving for continuous improvement:

We strive to constantly improve the existing status of our standards, such as safety, quality and supply capability. Just as with our products, we regularly scrutinize the processes in the company and analyze these for potential improvements. Here, managers and employees work closely together. They identify the potential for improvements, agree on goals, formulate action plans and initiate the necessary measures. The sub-goals achieved are constantly reviewed in order to take countermeasures in good time if the need arises. In this way, we optimize not only internal processes, but also product and service quality - and thus the satisfaction of employees and customers.

Adcon Building

ADCON in its present form was established in October 2003. Its Headquarters are located in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, the capital of Austria. This is where the R&D Team of ADCON designs and develops digital radios for data transfer, based on UHF and GSM/GPRS technology.

In April 2011 the ADCON Telemetry Group was purchased in its entirety by the OTT Hydromet Group, based in Kempten, Germany. This has largely improved our standing in the market, as now being part of a group of companies specialised on providing monitoring and decision support solutions for the Meteorological, Hydrological and Agricultural market.

ADCON focuses on telemetry solutions, based on its own ultra low-power radio technology and GSM/GPRS/UMTS modems, both being integrated into our own range of loggers.
What makes the ADCON solution unique is a range of unrivaled product features:

  • Unsurpassed user friendliness of its whole product line
  • Extremely low power consumption, using the smallest solar panels in the industry
  • Extremely high receiver sensitivity, resulting in very high transmission distances,
    the networking capability of each long-range station, which can at the same time function as relay for others
  • The integration of all of these devices into one Telemetry Gateway, that can manage all of them,
    a powerful SCADA software, collecting, distributing, storing, processing and visualizing all of this data.

With all these features in place ADCON has gained a very strong position in many countries, being the market leader particularly in agricultural applications.

Mission

In the steadily growing market of wireless telemetry solutions our mission is simple: we want to be the best! We have already achieved an excellent position with our turn-key solutions for environmental monitoring, agriculture, hydrometrics, drinking and waste water companies. They all need data, 24/7, and they need it fast, reliably and affordably.

Best radios around

ADCON has focused on building compact and robust devices, which are extremely simple to install and operate, and excel thanks to their superior hardware technology.
Our target is building networks that cover huge areas, be it a large farm, the distribution network of a drinking water supplier, a province, a state or even an entire country. To achieve this target we have developed a series of data loggers, that cover all applications and all areas.

Powerful software package addVANTAGE Pro
At the same time as supplying excellent hardware products we would like to provide our customers with a convenient and powerful software tool that lets them visualize the data we deliver comprehensibly, process it easily and distribute it back to their customers via the Internet.

We build what our customers want
That's why we permanently stay in touch with our clients and their clients, to understand the problems that need a solution. We believe in market driven development, where the client defines the job he wants done - but where Adcon defines how it's been done.

Strong R&D Team
Consistent, ongoing research and development, in which we invest a high percentage of our turnover, will help us maintain our lead!

 

Kipp & Zonen

Kipp & Zonen provides class-leading instruments for measuring solar radiation and atmospheric properties in Meteorology, Climatology, Hydrology, Industry, Renewable Energy, Agriculture and Public Health.

Kipp & Zonen is the specialist in the measurement of solar and sky radiation, from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. We offer a complete range of high quality instrumentation and accessories, from reliable cost-effective products to the best performance available. Our pyranometers, for example, are used in meteorological networks around the world.

Furthermore, our expertise and close links with the scientific community have led to high-end solutions for the measurement of atmospheric properties such as stratospheric Ozone, UV Spectra and evapo-transpiration.

Our mission is to satisfy the fundamental need to monitor atmospheric properties related to climate change, classical meteorology, agriculture, renewable energy and the available water budget.

Kipp & Zonen is an independent organisation with its head office in Delft, The Netherlands. This is where the heart lies of our passion for the profession with the following specialised departments:

  • Research & Development of products, technology and software
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Service & Calibration
  • Manufacture & Quality Control
  • Logistics, Purchase & Finance

Kipp & Zonen is certified to ISO 9001:2015

All our company processes, from production to marketing, comply to the international standard of ISO. Our ISO 9001:2015 certificate is available as a download here.

We support the RoHS and are a member of the Dutch WEEE recycling network (Wecycle) and therefore will subcontract the collection, transport and disposal of the returned instruments as appropriate.

HMEI member

Kipp & Zonen is a member of The Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI). 
The association's goal is to establish and maintain communication between developers, manufacturers and service providers within the hydro-meteorological instruments and systems industry worldwide and to provide a forum for discussion and resolution of matters of mutual concern.

SUTRON Logo

OTT Hydromet and Sutron Corporation have combined companies to provide the most comprehensive, end-to-end solutions available for environmental water monitoring professionals.

Complete monitoring solutions

OTT HydroMet’s extensive family of water quality, level, flow, and precipitation sensors are now paired with the highly advanced dataloggers, satellite communication, and data management technologies of Sutron, providing customers with a seamless solution for nearly all environmental applications.


Comprehensive support

The expertise and reach of the combined teams means even greater consulting, support, and on-site assistance for our customers across the US.


Long-term innovation

Brand engineers now work in unison to create new monitoring solutions to improve measurement simplicity and stretch your resources further.

HYDROLAB

HYDROLAB water quality instruments and software help environmental scientists and managers monitor the increasingly important changes in our water resources by providing continuous water quality data, reliability, and usability you can trust.

The new HL7 multiparameter sonde maximizes deployment life, minimizes maintenance, and provides unmatched ease of use producing comprehensive and valuable data sets supported by metadata.

MeteoStar Logo

MeteoStar offers Software for:

  • Weather forecasting
  • Weather models
  • NAM Soundings
  • Aviation
  • Marine
  • Model Statistics
  • NWS Discussions
  • Tropical
  • GFSX COOP MOS