Weather Telematics (Nepean, Ontario), a company that designs and integrates mobile sensing systems for vehicles, created 40 million weather points it its first year. Weather Telematics used mobile assets to carry sensors along major Interstates throughout the United States, pulling readings every ten seconds. This means that weather data is pulled, on average, every 300 meters or 10 seconds at 60 MPH.
“Most weather reports come from fixed weather stations on the ground or Doppler radar,” says Bob Moran, CEO of Weather Telematics. “They don’t travel. Essentially it’s like we are 10 billions weather stations connecting all the dots.”
The sensors read road surface temperature, humidity, ambient, dew point (calculated), precipitation, light intensity, ozone (for the environment protection agency) and barometric pressure.
This system allows for weather elements such as fog, terrain-related, stagnating air or valley phenomena, which are usually not represented, now to be picked up to create a more accurate picture and forecast of the weather conditions.
Weather Telematics partnered with Mobile Devices (Villejuif, France), a technology provider and manufacturer of ready-to-use connected devices.
Mobile Devices' vice president of sales & marketing, Cyril Zeller, says, "This project is unlike any other. The C4 is at the centre of a system that picks up weather data, processes it on-board then feeds it back in real-time to the driver, the fleet manager and the weather stations."
The trucks carrying the sensor system also benefit from live information from sensors underneath the truck that detect the formation of black ice.
Weather Telematics provides the sensor box, and the National Weather Service approved the proprietary solution to interpret the collected data, which is distributed in three ways:
- The US governmental agencies (National Weather Service)
- Consumer services: branded weather services
- Fleet management systems: for temperature-sensitive goods, the weather management capability enables route calculation depending on the weather. Weather alerts can also be used to re-route long haul transporters
Bob Moran, CEO of Weather Telematics, says about the partnership with Mobile Devices, "Mobile Devices allows Weather Telematics to actually do telematics work. Its open architecture let us create and update our application directly on the box."
Beyond the initial 1,500-unit rollout of its mobile weather platform, Weather Telematics estimates that its surface climate network will expand to include an additional 10,000 units within the next two years.
Mobile Devices will be demonstrating the C4 range of Blackboxes and the Morpheus3 OS and SDK at the forthcoming Telematics Detroit Show on 8-9 June in Novi, Michigan.