IBM Insights for Weather, a cloud-based weather data service, enables organizations to enrich applications and business users to discover levels of new insight across industries

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP15-0313
September 15, 2015

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IBM® Weather Data for Industries bundles over 40 Weather Company weather data APIs into cloud-delivered, industry-specific, weather data packages to inject weather insight to all types of business decisions across industries.

  • Insights™ for Weather for Insurance
  • Insights for Weather for Local Government
  • Insight for Weather for Energy and Utilities
  • Insight for Weather for Select Industries


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Insights for Weather, a set of data services, taps into the breadth and depth of The Weather Company's forecast and historical observational data. This offering is designed to allow clients to leverage these services to quickly begin incorporating weather data into line-of-business, web, and mobile applications.

Weather is perhaps the single largest, external swing factor in business performance across many industries and is responsible for significant economic impact worldwide, nearly half a trillion dollars in the US alone each year. Insights for Weather can help clients quickly begin to influence weather data to create deeper and richer insights to help reduce costs and optimize business processes and to help tap new revenue opportunities.

This set of data services is packaged by industry and is deployed in a cloud model to provide weather data feeds that are specifically curated from 44 weather data sources to enrich business decision making for industries (insurance, government, energy and utilities, and cross-industries).

  • Insights for Weather for Insurance. Provides access to nine APIs of weather data and includes severe weather disaster real-time, alerts and notification, tropical weather forecast, and historic roads and UBI data packages that are selected specifically to help insurers leverage weather data to alert policyholders, response planning, and risk assessments.
  • Insights for Weather for Energy and Utilities. Provides access to nine APIs of weather data, which include severe weather and real-time forecast, forecast data, tropical weather forecast, and weather imagery packages. They help utility companies forecast demand and load, and to proactively predict and respond efficiently to service outages.
  • Insights for Weather for Local Government. Provides access to nine weather data APIs. They include severe weather disaster real-time, alerts and notification, current-conditions tropical weather forecast packages that are selected specifically to enable governments to do more detailed emergency planning and faster and more focused response. This reduces loss of life and property, and infrastructure losses.
  • Insights for Weather for Select Industries. Provides access to eight common weather data APIs. They include alerts and notification, forecast data, weather imagery and seasonal forecast packages that can be applied to optimize operations, reduce costs, and uncover revenue opportunities across many industries, (retail, consumer packaged goods, life sciences, and transportation).


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Key prerequisites
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  • Supported browser
  • Internet connection

A monthly minimum on total Insights for Weather purchase may apply. Ask an IBM representative for details.



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Planned availability date
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September 15, 2015



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Description
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Insights for Weather

Insights for Weather for Insurance. Provides access through the Cloud to nine APIs that are specifically curated to enrich decision needs specific to Insurance companies. They include:

  • Severe weather disaster real-time data. Real-time severe weather data enables insurers to get one step ahead of claims whether their policyholders are adversely affected by ice, flooding, hail, or tornadoes. Immediately following a Property & Casualty (P&C) event, insurers have the best first-pass historical data to dispatch resources and proactively message policyholders in areas hard hit by severe weather.
  • Alerts and notification data. Receive government weather and geographical alerts the moment they are issued. With weather alerts from multiple countries and global tropical and earthquake coverage, insurers and policyholders expect nothing less than the gold standard of alerting when every second counts.
  • Current conditions data. This data includes the highest resolution weather observation network that is available in the field, Currents on Demand. Government issued weather sensors (METAR and SYNOP) are augmented by 125,000+ proprietary neighborhood weather stations. Weather Company technology uses this extensive database to computationally infer weather on a point by point basis anywhere in the world.
  • Forecast data. Get access to the most widely distributed and trusted weather forecasts available globally. Weather Company's forecast engine includes leading-edge ensemble model forecasting, 200 meteorologists and related scientists, and Weather Company's network of observations and radar to deliver the most accurate forecasts at 500 square meter resolution globally. To best represent rapidly changing conditions, especially in the next 24 hours, Weather Company forecasts are updated every 15 minutes.
  • Enhanced forecast data. When visualization matters for an insurance solution, whether for an insurer's policyholders or agents, this data provides the API tools to populate GIS platforms and interactive maps. In addition, the data includes the granularity an insurer needs to step through the forecast hour-by-hour out 15 days using the most accurate global forecast at 500 square meter resolution.
  • Historic severe weather data. Whether notifying recently impacted policyholders or targeting policyholders with relatable ad campaigns, the data arms insurers with the tools to better understand the situation on the ground. This includes historical data from Weather Company's 125,000+ proprietary network of personal weather sensors and radar-derived historical products for severe wind, hail and tornadoes.
  • Tropical weather forecast data. Prepare agents and policyholders with global 15-day, tropical forecasts by using the latest science and technology. Probabilistic forecast tracks and storm surge prediction will assist insurers in making smart decisions on resource availability and deployment and notifications to assist policyholders and catastrophe response teams.
  • Historic roads and User-based Insurance (UBI) data. Categorize policyholders with granularity insurers never had before with high-resolution, high-temporal historical weather data. While analyzing UBI data with sporadic, historical airport observations is highly misrepresentative, Weather Company radar analysis and high density network of 125,000+ personal weather sensors fill the gap and gives you precipitation type and amounts on a street by street basis.
  • Weather imagery data. To further embellish an insurer's visual data sets, Weather Company has aggregated available radar and satellite data. Make data-assisted decisions by using the latest radar data, which available throughout North America, Western Europe and Australia, and global satellite data to further assess severity and the ever-changing conditions on the ground.

Insights for Weather for Local Government. Provides access through the Cloud to nine APIs that are specifically curated to enrich decision needs that are specific to governmental agencies. They include:

  • Severe weather disaster real-time data. Real-time severe weather data enables government and emergency managers to be one step ahead of disaster whether their communities are adversely affected by rapidly developing thunderstorm threats, flooding, or hazardous winter weather. Immediately following a damaging weather event, emergency managers have the best first-pass, historical data to dispatch resources and make better decisions by responding to affected areas that are adversely affected by severe weather.
  • Alerts and notification data. Receive government weather and geographical alerts the moment they are issued. With weather alerts from multiple countries and global tropical and earthquake coverage, government and emergency managers expect nothing less than the gold standard of alerting when every second counts.
  • Current conditions data. This data includes highest resolution weather observation network available in the field, Currents on Demand. Government issued weather sensors are augmented by 125,000+ proprietary neighborhood weather stations. Weather Company technology uses this extensive database to computationally infer weather on a point by point basis anywhere in the world.
  • Forecast data. Get access to the most widely distributed and trusted weather forecasts that are available globally. Weather Company's forecast engine includes leading-edge, ensemble model forecasting, 200 meteorologists and related scientists, and Weather Company's network of observations and radar to deliver the most accurate forecasts at 500-square-meter resolution globally. To best represent rapidly changing conditions, especially in the next 24 hours, Weather Company forecasts are updated every 15 minutes.
  • Enhanced forecast data. When visualization matters for an insurance solution, whether for an insurer's policyholders or agents, this data provides the API tools to populate GIS platforms and interactive maps. In addition, the data includes the granularity an insurer needs to step through the forecast hour-by-hour out 15 days by using the most accurate global forecast at 500 square meter resolution.
  • Historic sever weather data. Whether notifying emergency managers of recently impacted communities, assessing damage, or post-analyzing response, this data arms government and emergency managers with the tools to better understand the situation on the ground. This includes historical data from Weather Company's 125,000+ proprietary network of personal weather sensors and radar-derived historical products for severe wind, hail and tornadoes.
  • Historic roads data. Dive deep into post-analysis of traffic congestion, weather-related, road hazards, and vehicle accidents with Weather Company's radar analysis and high-density network of 125,000+ personal weather sensors to give you precipitation type and amounts on a street-by-street basis.
  • Tropical weather forecast data. Prepare government and emergency management with global, 15-day, tropical forecasts by using the latest science and technology. Probabilistic forecast tracks and storm surge prediction assist in making smart decisions on resource availability and deployment and assist messaging to the public.
  • Weather imagery data. To further embellish data sets visually, the Weather Company has aggregated available radar and satellite data. Make data-assisted decisions by using the latest radar data, which is available throughout North America, Western Europe and Australia, and global satellite data to further assess severity and the ever-changing conditions on the ground.

Insights for Weather for Energy and Utilities. Provides access through the Cloud to nine APIs that are specifically curated to enrich decision needs specific to governmental agencies. They include:

  • Severe weather, disaster real-time data. Real-time severe weather data enable government and emergency managers to be one step ahead of disaster whether their communities are adversely affected by rapidly developing thunderstorm threats, flooding, or hazardous winter weather. Immediately following a damaging weather event, emergency managers can have the best, first-pass historical data to dispatch resources and make better decisions by responding to affected areas hard hit by severe weather.
  • Alerts and notification data. Receive government weather and geographical alerts the moment they are issued. With weather alerts from multiple countries and global tropical and earthquake coverage, government, and emergency managers expect nothing less than the gold standard of alerting when every second counts.
  • Current conditions data. This data includes highest resolution, weather observation network that is available in the field, Currents on Demand. Government issued weather sensors are augmented by 125,000+ proprietary neighborhood weather stations. Weather Company technology uses this extensive database to computationally infer weather on a point-by-point basis anywhere in the world.
  • Forecast data. Get access to the most widely distributed and trusted weather forecasts available globally. Weather Company's forecast engine includes leading-edge ensemble model forecasting, 200 meteorologists and related scientists, and Weather Company's network of observations and radar to deliver the most accurate forecasts at 500 square meter resolution globally. To best represent rapidly changing conditions, especially in the next 24 hours, Weather Company forecasts are updated every 15 minutes.
  • Enhanced forecast data. When visualization matters for an insurance solution, whether for an insurer's policyholders or agents, this data provides the API tools to populate GIS platforms and interactive maps. In addition, the data includes the granularity an insurer needs to step through the forecast hour-by-hour out 15 days by using the most accurate global forecast at 500-square-meter resolution.
  • Historical severe weather data. Whether notifying emergency managers of recently impacted communities, assessing damage, or post-analyzing response, this data arms government and emergency managers with the tools to better understand the situation on the ground. This includes historical data from The Weather Company's 125,000+ proprietary network of personal weather sensors and radar-derived historical products for severe wind, hail and tornadoes.
  • Tropical weather forecast data. Prepare government and emergency management with global 15-day, tropical forecasts by using the latest science and technology. Probabilistic forecast tracks and storm surge prediction will assist in making smart decisions on resource availability and deployment and assist messaging to the public.
  • Weather imagery data. To further embellish data sets visually, the Weather Company has aggregated available radar and satellite data. Make data-assisted decisions by using the latest radar data, which is available throughout North America, Western Europe and Australia, and global satellite data to further assess severity and the ever-changing conditions on the ground.
  • Seasonal forecast data. With the need to maximize information for forecasting energy and utility consumption, this data includes monthly seasonal forecasts for temperature and precipitation anomalies out four months. In addition, seasonal weather experts provide deep insight into the confidence and reasoning behind the forecasts to better assist decision making and hedge risks.

Insights for Weather for Select Industries. Provides access through the Cloud to eight APIs that are curated to enrich decision needs across varied industries, which include Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Life Sciences and Transportation.

  • Severe weather, real-time data. Real-time severe weather data assists in protecting a company's assets by staying one step ahead of adverse weather, such as hail, lightning, severe wind, and tornadoes. Immediately following a major weather event, managers and dispatchers have the best first-pass, historical data to redirect resources and proactively message customers and drivers in areas hard hit by severe weather.
  • Alerts and notification. Receive government weather and geographical alerts the moment they are issued. With weather alerts from multiple countries and global tropical and earthquake coverage, retailers and dispatchers should expect nothing less than the gold standard of alerting when every second counts.
  • Current conditions data. This data includes the highest resolution weather observation network that is available in the field. Currents on Demand. Government issued weather sensors (METAR and SYNOP) are augmented by 125,000+ proprietary neighborhood weather stations. The Weather Company's technology uses this extensive database to computationally infer weather on a point by point basis anywhere in the world.
  • Forecast data. Get access to the most widely distributed and trusted weather forecasts available globally. The Weather Company's forecast engine includes leading-edge ensemble model forecasting, 200 meteorologists and related scientists, and The Weather Company's network of observations and radar to deliver the most accurate forecasts at 500 square meter resolution globally. To best represent rapidly changing conditions, especially in the next 24 hours, The Weather Company's forecasts are updated every 15 minutes.
  • Enhanced forecast data. When visualization matters for a retailer or fleet solution, this data provides the API tools to populate GIS platforms and interactive maps. In addition, the data includes the granularity needed to step through the forecast hour-by-hour out 15 days by using the most accurate global forecast at 500-square-meter resolution.
  • Tropical weather forecast data. Prepare retailers and fleet dispatchers with global 15-day, tropical forecasts using the latest science and technology. Probabilistic forecast tracks and storm surge prediction l assist in making smarter decisions on resource availability and deployment and notifications to assist managers and customers attain critical consumer goods in advance of high-impact, high-profile tropical weather events.
  • Weather imagery data. To further embellish a retailer's or fleet dispatcher's visual data, the Weather Company has aggregated available radar and satellite data. Make data-assisted decisions using the latest radar data, available throughout North America, Western Europe and Australia, and global satellite data to further assess severity and the rapidly changing conditions on the ground.
  • Historical severe weather data. Whether notifying individuals or enterprises of recently impacted locations, assessment of damage, or post-analyzing response, this data arms operations personnel and the customers they touch with the tools to better understand the situation on the ground. This includes historical data from The Weather Company's 125,000+ proprietary network of personal weather sensors and radar-derived historical products for severe wind, hail and tornadoes.



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5725-X74 SaaS IBM Insights for Weather for Insurance
5725-X75 SaaS IBM Insights for Weather for Utilities
5725-X76 SaaS IBM Insights for Weather for Local Government
5725-X38 SaaS IBM Insights for Weather for Select Industries


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Product Group: Insights for Weather

Product Category: Insights for Weather

Insights for Weather for Insurance (5725-X74)

Part number Part description
D1JF8LL IBM Severe Weather Disaster Realtime for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JF9LL IBM Alerts and Notification for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFALL IBM Current Conditions for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFBLL IBM Forecast Data for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFCLL IBM Enhanced Forecast Data for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFDLL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFELL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Insurance per Export One Time Set up
D1JFFLL IBM Tropical Weather Forecast for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFGLL IBM Historic Roads Usage Data for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month
D1JFHLL IBM Historic Roads Usage Data for Insurance per Export One Time Set up
D1JFILL IBM Weather Imagery for Insurance per Million US Dollars Premium Collected per Month

Insights for Weather for Utilities (5725-X75)

Part number Part description
D1JFJLL IBM Severe Weather Disaster Realtime Forecast for Utilities per 10000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFKLL IBM Alerts and Notification for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFLLL IBM Current Conditions for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFMLL IBM Forecast Data for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFNLL IBM Enhanced Forecast Data for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFPLL IBM Historic Weather for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFQLL IBM Historic Weather for Utilities per Export One Time Set up
D1JFRLL IBM Tropical Weather Forecast for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFSLL IBM Weather Imagery for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month
D1JFTLL IBM Seasonal Forecast for Utilities per 1000 Meter Devices per Month

Insights for Weather for Local Government (5725-X76)

Part number Part description
D1JFULL IBM Severe Weather Disaster Realtime for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JFVLL IBM Alerts and Notification for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JFWLL IBM Current Conditions for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JFXLL IBM Forecast Data for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JFYLL IBM Enhanced Forecast Data for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JFZLL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JG0LL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Local Government per Export One Time Set up
D1JG1LL IBM Historic Roads Usage Data for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JG2LL IBM Historic Roads Usage Data for Local Government per Export One Time Set up
D1JG3LL IBM Tropical Weather Forecast for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month
D1JG4LL IBM Weather Imagery for Local Government per 1000 Population per Month

Insights for Weather for Select Industries (5725-X38)

Part number Part description
D1JG5LL IBM Severe Weather Realtime for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JG6LL IBM Alerts and Notification for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JG7LL IBM Current Conditions for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JG8LL IBM Forecast Data for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JG9LL IBM Enhanced Forecast Data for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JGALL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JGBLL IBM Historic Severe Weather for Select Industriesper Export One Time Set up
D1JGCLL IBM Tropical Weather Forecast for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month
D1JGDLL IBM Weather Imagery for Select Industries per Million US Dollars Total Revenue per Month

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