Raymetrics S.A.

Raymetrics S.A.

Raymetrics has been in operation since 2002, making us probably the first atmospheric LIDAR company in the world. Back then, the only people using aerosol LIDARs were researchers. We therefore come from a background in LIDAR science - and to this day we maintain strong links with the academic community. Over the last 16 years we have developed a range of highly customizable products suitable for academic uses, commercial uses (aviation, mining, heavy industry), and operational uses (meteorology, enviromental). Our LIDARs are located all over the world, with systems in the USA, India, China, Africa, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, the UK and many more (see map). Over the years, the company has built up an extensive client list which includes such prestigious organizations as the Met Office (UK), European Space Agency (ESA), National Environment Agency (Singapore), Direccion Meteorologica de Chile, and the German Weather Service (DWD). ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Company details

32 Spartis, Metamorfosis , Athens , 14452 Greece
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Meteorological Monitoring
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2002
Employees:
11-100
Turnover:
$1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US

The reason a small company based in Greece has been able to do all of this is because of the quality of our products. Raymetrics LIDARs are extraordinary because of our unusual approach to product development - we follow the science instead of the usual commercial trend of producing smaller-faster-cheaper equipment. Our aim is always to produce instruments with the power, functionality and accuracy demanded by academics, combined with the robustness and ease-of-use required by commercial clients. A Raymetrics LIDAR is the most powerful tool of its type on the market and, because of our dedication to LIDAR science, the most accurate.  

This aproach has led to Raymetrics becoming the foremost aerosol LIDAR company in the world, and a trusted brand among the LIDAR community and beyond.

Raymetrics is a manufacturer of advanced Raman and backscatter lidar systems for atmospheric analysis. Applications for our products vary from aerosol monitoring, to volcanic ash detection, to pollution tracking, to remote visibility measurement.

Why Raymetrics?

  1. Experience: Raymetrics has been in the commercial LIDAR market longer than most other manufacturers, with backscatter LIDARs available commercially since 2002, Raman LIDARs since 2004 and 3D scanning LIDARs since 2008.
  2. Knowledge: Raymetrics has a background in LIDAR science, having helped to bring the technology from academia to the marketplace. Our close ties to the scientific community allow us to benefit from new developments, leading to designs which have continually evolved and improved.
  3. Partnerships: We have a strong association with the European LIDAR Network (EARLINET), ensuring quality and compatibility. Raymetrics has more LIDARs in this network than any other manufacturer. We are also an official Associated Partner of the Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network (ACTRIS) and its follow-up, ACTRIS II. This is a European Project aimed at integrating European ground-based stations equipped with advanced atmospheric probing instrumentation for aerosols, clouds, and short-lived gas phase species.
  4. Standards: Raymetrics LIDARs conform to all necessary standards and requirements. Aviation systems conform to ISO 28902-1:2012 Air Quality - Environmental Meteorology Part 1: Ground-based remote sensing of visual range by LIDAR. Eye-safe systems are according to the European Standard on Laser Safety EN 60825-1:2008. The company is certified as being in compliance with standard ISO 9001:2015. All Raymetrics LIDARs are built to EARLINET recommended standards for LIDAR design, including a purpose-built depolarization unit designed specifically for EARLINET’s +/-45 degree test for calibrating the depolarization constant, specialist tools for performing the Telecover Test for accurate alignment, etc.
  5. Prestigious Client List: Our client list includes many prestigious institutes and organizations.
  6. Reputation: Raymetrics has a reputation for delivering exceptional products which perform to the levels we specify.
  7. International Presence: Raymetrics exports its products all over the world, with systems in North America, Africa, Europe, South America and Asia - see map.
  8. In-house Software and Hardware Development: All optical designs, mechanical designs and software are developed in-house, meaning that the company understands all elements of LIDAR function and integration. We build LIDARs and only LIDARs.
  9. Customization: Raymetrics LIDARs are designed to be modular. This allows users to adapt the specification to exactly their needs without incurring additional costs. It also allows for simple upgrades.
  10. Transparency: Raymetrics has a policy of being open about the capabilities and limitations of its products. We provide the full specifications and original manufacturer names of all components. We advocate transparency because we only use high quality components. We do not provide 'black boxes' with hidden specifications.

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    Experience

    Raymetrics has been in the commercial LIDAR market longer than most other manufacturers, with backscatter LIDARs available commercially since 2002, Raman LIDARs since 2004 and 3D scanning LIDARs since 2008.

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    In-house Software and Hardware Development

    All optical designs, mechanical designs and software are developed in-house, meaning that the company understands all elements of LIDAR function and integration. We build LIDARs and only LIDARs.

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    Transparency

    The company has since its establishment adopted a transparent purchasing, sales and partnerships policy, as well as a highly responsible attitude to clients.

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    International Presence

    Raymetrics exports its products all over the world, with systems in North America, Africa, Europe, South America and Asia - see map.

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    Knowledge

    Raymetrics has a background in LIDAR science, having helped to bring the technology from academia to the marketplace. Our close ties to the scientific community allow us to benefit from new developments, leading to designs which have continually evolved and improved.

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    Standards

    Raymetrics LIDARs conform to all necessary standards and requirements. Aviation systems conform to ISO 28902-1:2012 Air Quality - Environmental Meteorology Part 1: Ground-based remote sensing of visual range by LIDAR. Eye-safe systems are according to the European Standard on Laser Safety EN 60825-1:2008. The company is certified as being in compliance with standard ISO 9001:2008 (support provided by CORALLIA). All Raymetrics LIDARs are built to EARLINET recommended standards for LIDAR design, including a purpose-built depolarization unit designed specifically for EARLINET’s +/-45 degree test for calibrating the depolarization constant, specialist tools for performing the Telecover Test for accurate alignment, etc.

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    Prestigious Client List

    Our client list includes many prestigious institutes and organizations.

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    Partnerships

    We have a strong association with the European LIDAR Network (EARLINET), ensuring quality and compatibility. Raymetrics has more LIDARs in this network than any other manufacturer. We are also an official Associated Partner of the Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network (ACTRIS) and its follow-up, ACTRIS II. This is a European Project aimed at integrating European ground-based stations equipped with advanced atmospheric probing instrumentation for aerosols, clouds, and short-lived gas phase species.

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    Reputation

    Raymetrics has a reputation for delivering exceptional products which perform to the levels we specify.

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    Customization

    Raymetrics LIDARs are designed to be modular. This allows users to adapt the specification to exactly their needs without incurring additional costs. It also allows for simple upgrades.

    LIDAR stands for LIght Detection And Ranging. LIDAR is analagous to RADAR, only uses light from a laser instead of radiowaves to remotely sense distant objects. Because the wavelength of light is small, LIDARs can detect very small objects.

    The LIDAR Technique

    An aerosol LIDAR works by emitting a laser beam into the atmosphere. The laser light is scattered by particles, with some “backscattered” to a telescope placed alongside the laser. Because the speed of light is known, the distance to the particle layers can be determined from the time taken for the light to return.

    More advanced LIDARs can also take advantage of the properties of the returned light. From these, certain characteristics about the atmosphere can be determined, such as optical depth and particle identification (volcanic ash, smoke, marine aerosols, dust).

    LIDARs plot every laser pulse individually. This means that energy per pulse is of the highest importance, since the more energy a laser pulse has, the further it will reach into the atmosphere before being scattered away. Stacking or integrating data can improve data quality but cannot do much for the range. This is why Raymetrics LIDARs use some of the most powerful industrial lasers on the market.

    Uses of LIDAR
    LIDARs have been around since the 1960's, but only recently have the applications for this technology begun to become more widely known. Raymetrics has been in operation since 2002, providing LIDARs initially to the academic community. Over the past few years however, clients have increasingly come to Raymetrics from operational and commercial sectors.

    Probably the most well-known atmospheric LIDAR is the wind Doppler LIDAR. These are different from the aerosol type LIDARs produced by Raymetrics. Wind LIDARs detect movement of particles, whereas aerosol LIDARs detect the particles themselves.

    Aerosol LIDARs are increasingly becoming standard technology, particularly in the aviation and meteorology sectors. Ceilometers are in effect basic model LIDARs, with small telescopes and low-energy lasers in order to detect the cloud base. LIDARs can however provide much more information (e.g. incoming cloud base, fog detection, and remote visibility measurement). 'ISO 28902-1:2012 - Ground based remote sensing of visual range with LIDAR' shows that LIDAR is now a standard technique for measuring visibility. LIDAR is also able to solve specific issues such as absolute identification of volcanic ash, along with providing ash layer altitudes.

    As time goes on, the applications for atmospheric LIDARs are rapidly increasing and Raymetrics, as the first atmospheric LIDAR company in the world, now finds itself at the forefront of a new and booming industry.

    The company

    Raymetrics is the global leader and most experienced atmospheric LIDAR manufacturer in the world, with more than 15 years in the industry and with sales made all over the world. The company produces backscatter, depolarization and Raman LIDARs for atmospheric applications, as well as LIDAR components such as telescopes designed specifically for LIDARs. Through a combination of experience and expertise, Raymetrics can offer some of the most powerful systems available commercially.

    The LIDAR technique is very well established among the scientific community for more than 40 years. Recently however, Lidars have been used not only for scientific purposes but alsfor more operational applications like: meteorology, aviation, pollution monitoring etc. Raymetrics has therefore become a world leader at the forefront of a new wave of remote monitoring technology.

    LIDAR systems

    Raymetrics LIDAR systems are used for remote observation of the atmosphere (pollution, desolate or volcanic dust, clouds, etc.). LIDAR works like a 'visual' radar: it emits light pulses and records the radiation that is backscattered on the components of the atmosphere (molecules, aerosols, clouds, etc.). The time the radiation needs treturn determines the distance of the scatter, while spectral radiations give some information about the type of scatter (size, shape, refractive index). In this way, a standard LIDAR system gives information on the ground from up t15km.

    Status

    Raymetrics is not just a manufacturing company but alsa system integrator. Through our cooperating companies we create synergies which form the basis for providing optimal solutions that meet the needs of clients and are beneficial for all parties involved.

    Raymetrics, is flexible enough tadjust tthe requirements of broader synergistic ensembles and our technological expertise makes us an ideal partner covers a broad range of applications and services in the field of research, meteorology and aviation.

    Applications-Products

    Specific Applications Lidars

    • Volcanic Ash Detector - for meteorological agencies and aviation authorities
    • 3D Dust Tracker - for use in large mines and industrial applications
    • Visual Ranger / Fog Detector - for military and civilian airports (fire detection also)
    • 3D Ceilometer- Civilian and Military Airports
    • Temperature and Humidity LIDAR-for meteorology and aviation
    • Fluorescence LIDAR/Oil spills and water pollution monitoring
    • Gas Detection LIDAR (e.g. CH4, H2S etc) – for pipelines, oil & gas sector heavy industry (in development)

    • Founded in 2002 in Athens, Greece
    • Designs, assembles, supplies and maintains a range of laser based remote sensing instruments ( and associated components such as
    • special telescopes
    • Develops integrated solutions software, mechanical constructions, data analysis packages, systems interconnection, maintenance as well as synergies with satellite observations to fully cover atmospheric observation Solid customer base, which includes world renowned Universities and Institutes as well as leading Meteorological services
    • Global leader and most experienced atmospheric LIDAR manufacturer in the world, with more than 15 years in the industry
    • Has a solid client base
    • Constantly developing its LIDAR technology for new applications (volcanic ash detection, air pollution monitoring, visibility for aviation, gas leak detection)
    • HQ Athens, Greece
    • Legal Status Societe Anonyme (S.A.)
    • Employees 20 (mainly experienced professionals with postgraduate education key advisor president of ICLAS International Coordination Group for Laser Atmospheric studies)

    • Raymetrics is the global leader and most experienced atmospheric LIDAR manufacturer in the world, with more than 15 years in the industry and with sales made all over the world.
    • The company produces backscatter, depolarization and Raman LIDARs for atmospheric applications, as well as LIDAR components such as telescopes designed specifically for LIDARs.
    • Through a combination of experience, synergies and expertise, Raymetrics can offer some of the most powerful solutions available.
    • Research
    • Meteorology
    • Environmental/Civil Protection Agencies
    • Aviation

    • Raymetrics is not just a manufacturing company but also a system integrator Through our cooperating companies we create synergies which form the basis for providing optimal solutions that meet the needs of clients and are beneficial for all parties involved.
    • Raymetrics, is flexible enough to adjust to the requirements of broader synergistic ensembles and our technological expertise makes us an ideal partner covers a broad range of applications and services in the field of research, meteorology and aviation.

    Raymetrics Added Value

    • Experience: Raymetrics is the global leader and most experienced atmospheric LIDAR manufacturer in the world, with more than 15 years in the industry
    • Partnerships: Raymetrics has a strong association with many Scientific projects, thus ensuring the quality and standardization/compatibility of Raymetrics lidars
    • Standards: All Raymetrics lidars are built to EARLINET recommended standards for LIDAR design
    • Knowledge: Raymetrics has a strong background in LIDAR technology within the scientific community
    • Prestigious Client list: Our list of clients includes many prestigious institutes and organizations
    • Excellent Reputation: Raymetrics has a reputation for delivering exceptional products
    • Strong International presence: Raymetrics exports its products all over the world
    • In house software and hardware development: All software is designed in house
    • Customisation: Raymetrics LIDARs have been designed to be modular This gives us flexibility, allowing us to easily modify each design to suit clients’ needs without incurring additional costs
    • Certification: Raymetrics is the first atmospheric LIDAR manufacturer able to offer certifications for its products, and for their systematic uncertainties, from LiCAL / the only centre worldwide providing such certification Raymetrics is ISO certified

    2015

    • EBA awards 2015 Gold National Champions for Greece in the 2015 European Business Awards
    • Greek Exports Awards 2015 Gold Top Manufacturing Company

    2016

    • EBA awards 2016 Gold National Champions for Greece in the 2016 European Business Awards
    • Hellenic Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 Funding Support for new business ventures