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Vaisala Launches Xweather Insight Weather Confidence Platform

Our Bureau - : Jan 10, 2024 - : 10:52 am

Finland-based weather and environmental company Vaisala announced the launch of the Vaisala Xweather Insight weather confidence platform at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, United States on Tuesday (Jan. 9). It combines the company’s weather measurement technology, proprietary data sets, AI, and machine learning into a software and sensors solution to help businesses maximize safety, optimize operations, analyze risk, plan proactively, and make informed decisions.

“Only Vaisala offers the combination of instruments and intelligence to solve businesses’ environmental challenges,” said Indrajit Chaudhuri, Chief Platform Officer for Vaisala Xweather. “With Xweather Insight, we have created a weather confidence platform that delivers actionable weather intelligence and insights for every business and organization affected by the weather,” he added.

Underpinning the service is Xcast, a machine learning-based weather prediction technology (MLWP) that enhances short-term forecast accuracy and produces actionable insights using local measurements and observations. The company claims that Xcast-powered forecasts are up to 50% more accurate than the short-term forecasts generated by traditional numerical weather prediction (NWP) models, as well as reducing large errors (greater than 2.5 °C) in 24-hour temperature forecasts by up to 59%.

The Xweather Insight is a subscription-based platform consisting of three modules. Companies can mix and match these modules as needed to meet their business requirements.

The Protect module provides accurate severe weather monitoring and alerting solutions, giving industries like aviation, energy production, energy transmission, ports, and construction companies the ability to set up thunderstorm warning systems for their locations and keep people and assets safe from lightning. Fully configurable for the user, Xweather Protect provides early warning of approaching storms and notifies when it is safe to resume work.

The Explore module provides an intuitive global map powered by the world’s most accurate forecast and measurement data especially useful for businesses requiring macro and micro views of the weather and its impact. It includes more than 40 configurable weather and environmental data layers that show real-time weather impacts, as well as a forecast that helps companies take preventative measures against future disruptions.

The Observe module connects the Xweather Insight platform to local sensors. Companies can monitor and analyze real-time observations and historical data, manage devices remotely, and integrate data into business applications and services. The Observe module uses Xcast to produce hyperlocal observation-enhanced forecasts that cannot be achieved with traditional numerical weather prediction (NWP) models.

Xweather Insight is available as an API and web-based application. Future modules will introduce new capabilities such as alert integration and triggers from the platform into business processes and applications.


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