Idea in Brief:

  1. Weather influences the everyday activities of both individuals and businesses. While specific sectors are affected, more than others, by weather, no one is entirely immune. 
  2. Monitoring the weather and understanding its patterns is extremely important in forecasting future trends and preventing or reducing any damage to people and the economy.
  3. Ambee has launched an upgraded version of weather API to help reduce weather-related risks.

Our daily lives are affected by the weather, either directly or indirectly. From planning day-to-day activities to organizing business operations, we are highly dependent on weather data and forecasts. This data can help people track upcoming weather patterns, plan or schedule their activities, and understand past trends to help prepare for the future. 

And that’s just the start of what’s possible.

Weather data can help understand climate change activities as well. By tracking and forecasting the weather, future climate trends can be determined to help prevent immediate or long-term damages. Weather events such as rainfall, fog, and snowfall, as well as hurricanes, tornados, and cyclones, can cause severe damage to lives and businesses.

While certain sectors like agriculture, aviation, or logistics, are more deeply tethered to the weather, other sectors of the economy are still not completely immune to its effects. This makes monitoring the weather and understanding its patterns essential to forecasting events to prevent or reduce any damages to people and the economy.

To better arm companies and users with accurate weather intelligence, Ambee launched a new optimized version of the Ambee weather API, which generates real-time, hyperlocal, and global weather data with high accuracy.

Benefits of Accurate Weather Data

With the help of Ambee’s weather API, monitoring the weather and scheduling the most appropriate time for any activity becomes prompt and easy.

Ambee’s weather data has information on the state of the atmosphere, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, cloud coverage, visibility, and dew point. Combining this information with proprietary artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, intelligence can be generated with high accuracy and efficiency. 

This helps produce actionable insights that customers can collect, measure, and analyze to deliver flexible and meaningful outcomes. The data can be used by a wide range of markets that depend on or are affected by the weather. 

Availability: The Ambee weather API makes it easy for customers to generate data with just a few clicks. By entering the location or postal code, data can be generated for any location around the world. 

Accuracy: Ambee’s proprietary algorithms generate extremely accurate data. The system aggregates information from multiple sources and combines it with on-ground sensors, satellite imagery, and publicly available open-source information. This is then processed by the algorithms, resulting in real-time intelligence being delivered via APIs.

Real-time with no lag: The data is generated, processed, and displayed very quickly, reducing data collection and analysis time. This helps organizations optimize their time to integrate and utilize weather data without delay.

Cost-effective: Ambee’s data is cost-effective, to begin with, and has a double impact on customer bottom lines by helping monitor and mitigate any impending risks on businesses that can be caused by weather in the future, saving revenue. 

Highly Optimized Technology for a Better Customer Experience 

The latest version of Ambee’s weather API is the result of our constant push to be ahead of the curve when it comes to climate data. Ambee has always strived to improve the lives of people and their businesses while battling issues related to climate Developing or upgrading the products not only helps the businesses achieve their sustainability goals but also mitigates the impending risks of climate change. This highly optimized version of the weather data is a step towards achieving that goal.

When asked about the reason for launching a new optimized version of weather data, Ambee’s CTO and co-founder, Madhusudan Anand said, “Ambee’s products deal with mission-critical elements and issues related to the environment and climate. Ambee’s latest release of weather data upgrade is a result of continuous research and development. We aim to fill the gap of actionable, insightful, and accurate data to help people, businesses, and administrations equip themselves better for the impact of climate change.”

This upgrade sees a significant change in terms of a numerical weather prediction model for calculating weather patterns and trends while improving accuracy rates. 

Some of the new additions and improvements on this latest version are:

Optimized and increased parameters: We have optimized the parameters of weather data collection and added a few more: 

  • Weather Summary: Human readable interpretation of data
  • Air temperature and apparent (“feels like”) temperature in degree Fahrenheit
  • Dew point in degrees Fahrenheit
  • Relative humidity—between 0 and 1
  • Sea-level air pressure in millibar
  • Wind speed and wind gust speed in miles per hour 
  • Wind bearing—direction that the wind is coming from, in degree with true north at 0°
  • Percentage of the sky covered by clouds—between 0 and 1
  • UV Index 
  • Average visibility in miles – up to 10 miles
  • The columnar density of total atmospheric ozone at the given time in Dobson units

New data sources: Along with our existing methods of data collection that include on-ground sensors, satellite imagery, and open-source data centers that get processed through our proprietary algorithms, we have also added multiple other new global data sources to increase the accuracy rate. 

Increased accuracy: The latest version witnesses an increase of 5% in data accuracy rates. Our present accuracy rates ranges between 89% – 93%, varying from location to location.

Enhanced resolution: Optimized our spatial resolution; present resolution lies at 5sqkm at any point across the world.

Decreased response time: Reduced API response time to sub-second; gigabytes of data can be generated within an hour.

Bigger infrastructure: Shifted to larger and better data infrastructure to accommodate big data and scale, as per customer needs.

Historical data: Customers can also access historical weather data for up to 30 years in the past, which helps forecast and analyze trends. 

Hazard alerts: Ability to generate hazard alerts to inform users of any abnormal weather activities or upcoming events. 

Optimized time and location features: Customers can get data from any location globally, using just city/location names or postal codes. The API also helps users get data and information using geographical coordinates and give daily, hourly, and even by-the-minute forecasts, predicting weather conditions for up to 48 hours in advance.

To get a detailed description of all of Ambee’s APIs, visit our documentation page.

Scope of Ambee’s Weather Data

Numerous sectors of businesses and government departments can utilize Ambee’s weather data specifically for their required use cases. The weather APIs allow organizations to access weather data to plan for risk and optimize operations, all on a budget. The data can play a crucial role in weather-related risk assessment and management as it is easy to integrate and can be used to add value for various industries in terms of application. 

Some examples of industries that use Ambee’s weather data are:

Aviation

Aviation relies heavily on environmental data such as weather prediction for a safe and timely operational activity. The aviation industry can use weather data to predict weather conditions for safe and smooth operations to avoid delays. They can also analyze and monitor on-route weather conditions and design safety measures against locations with harsh weather and climate conditions. With Ambee’s resolution and forecasts, airlines can save cost and time while being operationally efficient. Ambee’s partnership with Airbus caters to the global aviation market and the need for hyperlocal data.

Agriculture

While soil parameters are significant in agriculture, weather forecasting is also extremely important. Agricultural stakeholders can use weather data to efficiently manage operations based on weather conditions, resulting in better crop yields.

Logistics and Operations

Operational activities require precise planning, and a simple failure to properly consider weather events can hamper the entire operation. Whether it is a huge inter-city material delivery or local food delivery, weather data can optimize efficiency and curb operational inefficiencies. Businesses can formulate weather-proof plans and create long-term strategies with accurate weather data.

Travel and Tourism

One of the major sectors that depends on weather, is the travel and tourism industry. Businesses and individuals associated with travel and tourism can use weather data to create travel itineraries and recommendations based on weather forecasts, while minimizing risks caused by weather hazards. This can also help them invest in sustainable business opportunities, such as sustainable tourism, and curate experiences based on weather.

The list doesn’t end here. 

Weather data can help sectors such as sports, insurance, retail, construction, among others, to improve efficiency and positively impact the bottom line. Marketing and advertising can also use this data to create exciting and valuable campaigns based on real-time weather activities. 

These use cases are just some instances of how Ambee’s data can help different sectors find solutions to their weather-related issues. Our data isn’t limited to just these sectors. If you have a use case for our data, get in touch with our experts, and we can help provide a solution for your business. 

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