Microweather startup eyes global coverage
Instead of relying on only traditional weather industry sensing methods, the company captures millions of new hypersensing points such as those from wireless and IoT networks to find and track weather. The company says it aims to become the default microweather platform for the emerging technology economy – including autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and on-demand services – all while serving traditional consumers of weather products.
The latest investment, says the company, will be used to expand its global presence, especially its sales team, and continue its research and development of new weather sensing and forecasting methods. New coverage areas will include places that have little to no weather forecasting infrastructure, like much of the developing world.
“The ClimaCell engine is built to map all the weather data in the world,” says ClimaCell CEO and Co-Founder Shimon Elkabetz, “and brings critical weather data to its every corner with new hypersensing technologies and microweather forecasting. We are excited to have teamed up with some of the most innovative investors to develop the next generation of weather data, microweather with global coverage, that will enable traditional and next-generation use cases to operate in a safer, more efficient way.”
The company’s current offerings are being used in both traditional and emerging industries, including aviation, automotive, shared mobility, UAVs, and utilities. Its microweather products include its HyperCast web-based interactive HD weather map, HyperCast Aviation, and the Microweather API, which provides a live weather data stream for integration with other software and platforms.
The financing round was led by Clearvision Ventures with participation from new investors Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Envision Ventures, and existing investors Canaan, Fontinalis Partners, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Square Peg Capital.
Marcy Klevorn, Executive Vice President and President, Mobility, Ford Motor Company says, “Forming a strategic relationship with ClimaCell will deliver value across our business. High-definition, microweather information supports multiple mobility and AV initiatives, including route planning, the services we can offer to customers via FordPass, and sharing information via the Transportation Mobility Cloud. In the future, real-time data will allow autonomous vehicles to be routed around bad weather.”
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