Where weather meets the eye.

ask – Innovative
Visualisierungslösungen GmbH

ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH is an owner-managed company in the field of information technology, which specializes in the processing and visualization of meteorological, climatological, cartographic and technical data. In addition to its own products, the company offers turnkey solutions, IT consulting services, tailor-made software development and other services. The company was established over 25 years ago and its customers, some of whom have had contractual relationships since the founding days, include ten national and several private weather services, the German Air Traffic Control (DFS), the European Organization for the Use of Meteorological Satellites EUMETSAT and the Second German Television ZDF, just to name a few.

Hermin Beumer-Aftahi
Hermin Beumer-AftahiManaging Director, Owner, Founder
Dr. Florian Schröder
Dr. Florian SchröderManaging Director, Owner, Founder

The Idea

At the beginning of the 1990s, the first graphics calculators and the first modern numerical weather forecast models were available. At the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, Ms. Hermin Beumer-Aftahi, Mr. Florian Schröder and Mr. Kennet Karlsson were employed as young scientists and researched computer graphics especially in the areas of scientific-technical visualization and virtual reality. Together with the German Weather Service (DWD), the Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) and the Swedish Weather Service (SMHI), the idea of the three-dimensional media-friendly visualization of weather data was developed and brought to market readiness. In 1995, the Fraunhofer Society awarded the renowned Fraunhofer Prize for Information Technology to this research project and the company ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH was founded. DWD, HR and SMHI are still among the most important customers of the company.

Start-Up Phase

In the start-up phase, the company grew rapidly and opened up further business fields, for example in the automotive industry and the shoe industry. Participation in international trade fairs (Cebit in Hanover, IBC in Amsterdam, IABM in Barcelona, meteohydex in Geneva, etc.) opened up new markets. Renowned are the live broadcasts of the IFA 1997 in Berlin, where TriVis Weather Graphix for the first time fully integrated into a Virtual Studio was shown in the midday magazine of the ARD.

The New Location

By 2009 the company’s growth and the increasing demand on the technical and logistical infrastructure made it necessary to relocate the company to its present location in Darmstadt. In the newly constructed office building “The Eye”, the section of the building for ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH was jointly planned and completed taking under consideration the company’s needs and growth. In addition to ergonomic offices for productive work, a state-of-the-art server room and fiber-optic Internet are now also available. The convenient location near the Darmstadt Main Station and the Frankfurt Airport as well as the availability of several hotels within walking distance are also advantageous for the national and international customers.

Where We Are Today

Today ask – Innovative Visualisierungslösungen GmbH offers its solutions and services to customers all over the world. Our company’s philosophy focuses on customer satisfaction, reflected in the existing contracts of some our customers for over two decades. The national and international customers not only appreciate our professional competence, technical innovation and reliability, but also the type of  sustainable cooperation we provide as a distinguish owner-managed company.