Tele Atlas, a provider of digital map databases and real-time traffic information in the United States, and Meteorlogix, a commercial weather services provider, announced that the two companies are working together to deliver real-time, location-specific weather information.
Tele Atlas says it will combine Meteorlogix's technology, which forecasts weather-specific incidents down to one square kilometer, with its digital map database, Tele Atlas True Time Maps and real-time traffic information.
Meteorlogix real-time weather feeds will be incorporated with Tele Atlas' location codes to power applications that can track and forecast storm cells to a specific road segment. This will enable applications to reroute and also calculate revised travel times based on weather and consequent road conditions. Weather information will be forecasted in three-hour increments.
According to the companies, the integration of dynamic weather content with Tele Atlas' turn-by-turn digital map database and real-time traffic information offers more accurate travel time forecasting. This content will enable alerting services to deliver specific road conditions at certain times en route, forecast total travel time based on road conditions, estimate safe, relative travel speeds and reroute or calculate new travel times.
Meteorlogix and Tele Atlas say they can power applications that enable improved field force management by alerting outdoor work crews of forthcoming adverse weather conditions based on address information.
Location-enabled phones, wireless PDAs and telematics/navigation systems will be able to identify users' locations and expected weather and traffic situations they could encounter.
The delivery of this dynamic, actionable data will allow users to make better and more informed decisions based on real-time weather and travel information.
About Tele Atlas
Tele Atlas is a provider of digital maps. Its North American subsidiary is based in Menlo Park, California. The company says it enables its customers' successes through unsurpassed leadership in delivering both digital maps and real-time traffic information for business and consumer applications. Tele Atlas focuses on providing content to key market sectors including Telematics/Automotive Navigation, Location Based Services (LBS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For more information on Tele Atlas products and services, please visit www.teleatlas.com
) is a portfolio company of VS&A Communications Partners III, LP, the billion dollar equity affiliate of Veronis Suhler Stevenson. Based in Minneapolis, the company delivers industry-specific weather management capabilities for its customers to manage weather-related business risks, maximize personal safety and minimize financial loss. Meteorlogix serves more than 22,000 customers with a focus on public safety, broadcast media, transportation, energy and aviation industries. Its client roster includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Reuters, Bloomberg, Union Pacific Railroad, Tennessee Valley Authority, US Airways, CBS-owned WBBM-TV, City of Orlando and Travelocity.