About StrikeStar
What is StrikeStar?
StrikeStar is client/server system, exclusively designed for the NexStorm software and Boltek hardware. StrikeStar allows multiple, standalone lightning detectors to form a real-time lightning locator network with much better positional accuracy.

StrikeStar Europe is a public, large scale and community based lightning detection network that we have made available as a unique added-value program for users of our NexStorm software.
Who develops StrikeStar?
StrikeStar is developed by Astrogenic Systems. We are specialized in making software for single antenna lightning detection and affordable, lightning-centric early warning and analysis systems. Visit our web site for more information.
How can I join the StrikeStar network?
First, you need a Boltek lightning detector and the NexStorm software installed and running. Your NexStorm copy must also be registered. Next, you must contact us and provide some details about your location and system setup so that we can add your lightning detector site to the central processing server database. After this is done, you will receive an add-on module that you install and run on your NexStorm/Boltek PC. The module, called StrikeLink, will send your detector's lightning data in real-time to our central processing server located in Oslo, Norway.

If you decide to join, please provide the following information:
  • NexStorm serial number
  • Location name
  • Location latitude and longitude - This must be in Decimal Degrees format, convert here if necessary
Send this information to the email address listed below:

(Note that you have to enter the address manually in your e-mail client!)
Who can join?
Basically, everyone with a Boltek detector and the full, registered version of our NexStorm software. Some qualifications apply however:

-We prefer if your system is online 24/7. Future (planned) presentations on this web site which will contain historical information may suffer from large fragments of missing data if stations are going online and offline arbitrarily. Also, because your online status is flagged on the StrikeStar maps, people living in your area and visiting the StrikeStar web site may find the service unreliable if they note that sensors are available there but are frequently offline. Therefore it is in the best interest of everybody that your site is online as much as is possible. Occasional exceptions to this rule may be made if your site is located in a strategic position where no other sensor is available.

-Your site must be located within a 400 km radius of another site. While you are welcome to join even if this prerequisite is not fulfilled, we cannot guarantee that any lightning activity will be detected in your area. Simply put, the farther away you are from the nearest sensor, the less lightning activity will be detected in your area. One very important thing to keep in mind however, if you are in a situation like this, is that your participation will most likely cause others living in your vicinity to join in due time. In other words, do join and don't despair if your site appears to be isolated on the map!

How much does it cost to join?
Absolutely nothing!
Can I setup my own StrikeStar network?
Yes but be aware of that StrikeStar is a commercial system so you will have to purchase a license. The cost of a complete, four client StrikeStar system (software only) is about that of a professionally developed, medium sized web site. Or in other words, very affordable!

If you need it, StrikeStar also supports integration of Boltek EFM-100 Atmospheric Electric Field Monitors alongside the directional StormTracker or LD-250 lightning detectors, as well as remote monitoring of up to 50 EFM-100 sensors over the Internet or a LAN.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and pricing!
Join the World's only true real-time, community based lightning detection network today!