Technology Reveal: How Does ClimaCell Predict the Weather More Accurately
ClimaCell Utilizes The Infrastructure Of The Connected World To Address One Of The Biggest Challenges In Weather Forecasting Today
19 Mar, 2019, 09:00 ET
BOSTON, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, three years after the launch of the company, ClimaCell reveals a key element in its technology that helps to bring more accurate forecasts to billions of people around the world. ClimaCell is developing and commercializing methods to extract weather observations from the infrastructure of the connected world.
ClimaCell is repurposing already existing infrastructure, and turning it to weather sensors. This unique approach allowed ClimaCell to add millions of new virtual weather sensors all around the globe, in less than three years. What was previously just a cellular tower, vehicle, aircraft or a satellite dish, is now receiving new life as a weather sensor, contributing to the company's understanding of the weather conditions and helping it to generate far more accurate forecasts.
A world pioneer in virtual sensing, ClimaCell has already operationalized many of its patented technologies, including the following:
- Wireless signals that power cell phone and media communications: changes in the atmospheric conditions impact signal propagation. ClimaCell has partnered with the world's largest telecom operators to turn their networks into massive sensor arrays, across dozens of countries.
- Millions of connected vehicles reporting parameters such as temperature, wiper status, and fog lights.
- Satellite-to-ground microwave signals: similarly to terrestrial wireless signals, space-to-earth transmissions can tremendously help in reconstructing a more accurate depiction of the atmosphere, adding the vertical aspect as well.
- Street cameras, using machine learning, images can be analyzed to infer precipitation conditions, visibility and more.
- IoT devices reporting various surface weather parameters at ultra-high density.
- Airplanes and drones transmitting wind, humidity and temperature data from various elevation levels, and poorly sensed regions.
ClimaCell is looking at weather differently. EVERYTHING around us can be a weather sensor.
As of today, we still rely on governments to deploy expensive sensors such as radars and weather stations, and that simply isn't good enough. Even in wealthy countries, forecasts fail to tell us if we need an umbrella this morning, whereas in developing countries the situation is dire and can cost in people's lives.
ClimaCell's proprietary weather forecasting systems are being used by blue-chip companies, emerging technologies, and software developers alike. To name a few: Delta, JetBlue, and United, as well as sports teams like the New England Patriots and agtech companies like Netafim. ClimaCell's applications span both traditional industries and emerging technologies. ClimaCell's products help drones and autonomous vehicles, last-mile transportation, airlines, and smart cities operate more safely and efficiently. The company's API powers custom applications in the on-demand economy and mobility industries, which ultimately helps people experience better weather - no matter where they live.
Rei Goffer, ClimaCell's chief strategy officer and a co-founder: "Weather observations are the 'currency' of meteorology – without them, forecasting doesn't work. But due to outdated thinking, this currency is in short supply, and badly distributed, often not reaching places where it would do the most good. If weather affects nearly everything, then nearly everything can be a weather sensor. ClimaCell's global data partnerships help us reach into nearly unlimited geographies. The best part is that it can be deployed rapidly in the developing world."
ClimaCell is coining the new term "Microweather". ClimaCell is proud to help the world outsmart weather and aims to keep people safer in a volatile climate caused by global warming.
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