iOS/Android & Wx Apps 8/29/12

What makes a Weather app a great weather app?  Most apps are a sun or cloud and a temperature display.  One of the most useful apps out there is RadarScope that gives current radar data at the palm of your hand, though to properly interpret it, you need to be trained in it.

I was asked in a interview the question about the best type of weather app possible.  We are limited today in just what iOS and Android allows in system resources in your phone (more resources and screen real estate on your iPad and Android tablet).  Weather depends on where we are and is dependent on the location services built into your device.

This leads to overlap with the Telematics industry.  Telematics is the industry of location of assets.  In-vehicle dashboards display information for truckers and delivery drivers (UPS, FedEx).  It allows you to track vehicles and their contents you can also display directions and other information (in this case weather) in the display.

There is the national 511 Road-Weather-Information System (RWIS) so you can call, get the highway you are on and get a detailed forecast for the next few hours.  This system is taking RWIS to the next level.  Imagine your in-car GPS taken to the next level.  The technology already exists with in-car navigation systems on higher end models and is working its way down to economy models.  There has to be different levels for settings, basic settings for the average driver, to pass along relevant information and keep their eyes on the road to advanced settings for meteorologists, storm chasers and weather enthusiasts.

(c)2012 Charles Schoeneberger


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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