Weather Solutions, the first weather-centric social enterprise in the Philippines, now uses Internet of Things (IoT) to improve its weather network, integrating improvements in the field of weather forecasting and weather data consumption.
With the complexities of severe weather conditions happening in the Philippines, it is high time that we create an enhanced system that will help both businesses and communities through highly accurate weather data. This is the goal of the partnership established between Weather Solutions and Packetworx, recently signed at NAC Tower, Bonifacio Global City.
Weather Solutions is the an Aboitiz-led social enterprise established to sustainably fund WeatherPhilippines Foundation. Meanwhile, Packetworx is a technology social enterprise focused on enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) in the Philippines. IoT involved connecting any device to the Internet and to other connected devices. It is a network of things that sends, receives, and collects information. With this technology, businesses can make better decisions.
With this, the two social enterprises are partnering to establish a network that will provide accurate weather data, which Weather Solutions will be forwarding to its clients and stakeholders. Through highly accurate weather data, businesses and communities can reduce the risk that severe weather poses on their assets. Whatever the season is, weather affects societal aspects such as demand for certain goods and services. As many businesses operate in geographically-diverse locations, knowing weather patterns enables an organization to maximize gains and mitigate risks. Being weather-inclusive is therefore now seen as a necessity to raise financial performance.
Through the signed Memorandum of Agreement between Weather Solutions and Packetworx, the latter is providing 37 lightning sensors. These sensors will be installed in the coming months and will detect the presence and approach of potentially hazardous lightning activity in the vicinity and provides estimation on the distance to the head of the storms. The embedded lightning algorithm checks the incoming signal pattern to reject the potential man-made disturbers. This will eventually improve Weather Solutions’ forecasting capabilities.
With this partnership, Packetworx extends Weather Solutions’ weather sensing capabilities to 15km radius from an Automated Weather Station (AWS) using cost effective weather sensors. This enables Weather Solutions to provide even more granularity compared to its already impressive localized weather information from its over 800 AWS deployed across the Philippines,” says Arnold Bagabaldo, Founder and CEO of Packetworx.
According to Weather Solutions President Jojo Marasigan, “This partnership with Packetworx will not only help us improve the services that we are currently offering to our stakeholders. Through this engagement, we will be on the lookout for more opportunities to apply IoT and integrate it with our weather data.” He added that this is only the beginning of the partnership for improvement with Packetworx, as both teams are looking forward to creating solutions involving technologies such as air quality monitoring, soil fertility/moisture, and the use of water level sensors.
About Weather Solutions
Weather Solutions, Inc. (Weather Solutions) is the first weather-centric social enterprise founded by the Aboitiz Group. As the first of its kind in the Philippines, we offer available historical and real-time weather data, forecasting, and consultancy to organizations across various industries.
We seek to address the weather needs and fill in the information gaps of business and communities. In the coming years, we are looking forward to providing highly accurate, platform-based weather information that will help businesses improve their operations and decision-making processes.
Weather Solutions support the Aboitiz Group’s weather-oriented foundation, WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Inc.
Packetworx is a technology social enterprise which focuses on enabling IoT in the Philippines. It is a member of the LoRa Alliance, a world-wide alliance of over 500-member companies that support the standardization of LPWAN with the LoRaWAN specification and has created a certification and compliance program to ensure interoperability among its members.
It is the official host of the regional LoRaWAN network for Philippines and Southeast Asia through its partnership with The Things Network (TTN), the largest community of startups, businesses and developers globally building a public IoT data network.
For more information on Packetworx and its products and solutions, visit www.packetworx.com.