Meteorlogix Awarded Patent On GIS Based Automated Weather Alert Notification System
Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix, DTN’s commercial weather services brand, announced that it was recently issued a U.S. patent for its GIS (Geographical Information System) Based Automated Weather Alert Notification System.
“Meteorlogix can now provide improved location specific weather support to businesses,” said Ron Sznaider, vice president of business development, Meteorlogix. “We have engineered an innovative merge of GIS technology with geo-referenced weather information resulting in an automated, location-based monitoring and alert system, with targeted message distribution.”
Meteorlogix’s database 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 system can continue to make additional notifications until the message is received and verified. The final option is how the contact person receives their weather alert – this can happen via cell phone, PDA, e-mail or pager—making sure no matter where key management personnel are located, they are kept up-to-date on developing weather conditions impacting their particular worksite.
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