Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix, DTN’s commercial weather services brand, has announced that it was recently issued a U.S. patent for its GIS-based Automated Weather Alert Notification System.
Meteorlogix’s U.S. patent describes weather applications for GIS technology. Meteorlogix software cross-references weather with business assets — where they’re located and which set of weather parameters are of particular interest. For example, a golf course will want to know if lightning is expected to hit their course and can now take necessary actions to keep golfers and employees safe. Airports want to know about reduced visibility levels and highway construction crews are concerned about the onset of rain on their newly poured concrete. The weather parameters differ depending on the line of work and the varying types of weather conditions a business is concerned about. The selection of weather parameters and thresholds is entirely configured by the user.
Meteorlogix’s database also indicates who at a business needs to be contacted should weather conditions exceed the alert thresholds specified; the primary contact is notified when specified weather stands to impact their location. To follow the golf example, when lightning is expected to hit a golf course, the golf course manager is contacted. The secondary contact might be the greens superintendent.
The end result is completely customized location-based weather service. A weather alert notification system like Meteorlogix’s WINS technology (Weather Information Notification System) looks at a specific location (or set of locations) and determines the type of weather approaching these locations. Alerts are sent out in the manner in which contacts are sure to see them, and if primary contacts aren’t available, the technology sends alerts to secondary contacts to make sure people at the work site are informed and can make necessary decisions.