New App First to Combine Professional-Grade Weather Data with NOAA Navigational Charts
Andover, MA (July 31, 2012) – WSI (Weather Services international), the global weather authority, today announced Intellicast Boating, the first application to integrate NOAA navigational charts with the most advanced weather data available in a rich interactive, customizable map environment. A must-have app for the more than 12.5 million registered boaters in the U.S., Intellicast Boating is an essential tool to help ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience on the water. The new app, providing expert-level content without advertisements, is available from iTunes at special introductory prices for the iPad ($6.99) and the iPhone ($4.99) until August 10th*. Intellicast.com is WSI’s expert consumer web and mobile service.
Combining sophisticated, meteorological sensing data, NOAA navigational charts and highly skilled forecasts, Intellicast Boating provides complete coverage for all those anticipating water-based activity in the continental US (CONUS), Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. The new tool is also the first professional marine application to include full North American Mosaic Radar with coverage throughout the United States, large sections of Canada and the Caribbean.
The technology tools used to create the hourly forecasts for Intellicast Boating provide point-specific, localized, short- and long-term weather updates for all ports-of-call. In addition, all National Weather Service watches and warnings can be viewed either as text bulletins or overlaid within the marine interactive map.
“Blending state-of-the-art forecasting and leading-edge radar tools with the latest NOAA navigational charts, Intellicast Boating is an easy-to-use, always-available mobile app that enables all boaters -- weekend fishermen, commercial ferry operators, harbor masters, water EMS personnel and all other on-the-water enthusiasts -- to gain access to expert-level tools and stay a step ahead of changing or threatening weather,” said Jim Menard, WSI's Vice President of Digital Initiatives. “Now boaters can receive marine forecasts, severe marine watches and warnings, tides, storm and hurricane tracking, buoy updates and C-Man (Coastal-Marine Automated Network) reports in a few simple screen taps. You won’t want to go on the water without it.”
The Intellicast Boating app provides:
- NOAA Navigational Maps
•Current NOAA navigational charts integrated into a rich interactive map environment
- North American Radar Coverage
• First marine app to include a full North American mosaic radar covering all or parts of:
– CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, PR, Bahamas, and Caribbean
• Forecast radar for CONUS
- Interactive weather overlays
• Decoded buoy and C-Man reports
• National Weather Service Marine forecasts
• Marine and severe watch and warning bulletins and map overlays
• Severe storm and tropical cyclone tracking
• Several other layers including temperature, wave heights, and satellite imagery
• Wind speeds
- Highly Skilled Forecasts
• Port-of-call observations and expert forecasts
- Additional tools for all the cities and ports on the selected route include:
• Latest observations and almanac
• UV forecasts
• Sunrise/sunset and moonrise/moonset times
• Detailed short term nowcasts for locations within CONUS
• Global hourly and 10-day forecasts
• Textual National Weather Service watch and warning bulletins for the United States
*After August 10th, pricing for the Intellicast Boating iPhone app will be $9.99 and for the iPad app, $14.99.
About WSI and Intellicast.com
WSI (Weather Services International) is the world's leading provider of weather-driven business solutions for professionals in the energy, insurance, aviation and media markets, as well as multiple federal and state government agencies. As a business unit of WSI, Intellicast.com has provided expert weather information to weather savvy users since 1996. With the most technically advanced site-specific weather forecasting system in the world today, the result of a multi-million dollar research project, Intellicast.com delivers site-specific forecasts for 60,000 sites in the U.S. and around the globe. From detailed local forecasts to hurricane tracks, severe weather warnings to international conditions, Intellicast.com has the active weather tools business professionals and outdoor enthusiast have come to rely on, consistently making it one of the top weather sites on the Internet.
About The Weather Channel Companies
The Weather Channel companies (TWCC) are made up of The Weather Channel® television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, WSI, and Weather Underground. The Weather Channel is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 100 million U.S. households. TWCC also operates Weatherscan®, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The most popular source of weather news and information, TWCC properties reach 60 million monthly Web consumers (weather.com and Desktop) and 30 million monthly mobile users (mobile Web and applications) and offers the second most popular mobile app on all smartphones. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. Online weather service Weather Underground is based in San Francisco and Ann Arbor, MI, and has developed the world’s largest network of personal weather stations. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.
For more information about WSI or Intellicast.com, contact Linda Maynard at 978- 983-6715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.