BBC Weather has broadcast the new weather service, provided by MeteoGroup, for the first time today following a staged digital roll-out across all platforms
In the shipping sector, MeteoGroup supplies SPOS, RouteGuard and FleetGuard, helping the world’s largest shipping operators keep their vessels, crew and cargo safe and realise substantial savings on ship operations
MeteoGroup, the global weather authority and leading supplier of weather solutions for the shipping industry, is now providing the BBC with the highest quality forecasting and state-of-the art graphics solutions for weather services on all BBC platforms, TV, radio, web and mobile, worldwide.
Over the past few weeks, MeteoGroup has been introducing exciting new updates to the BBC’s weather service. Millions of users of the BBC Weather website and applications on iOS, Android and Kindle have already seen a number of improvements before launching on broadcast today.
MeteoGroup’s service has brought the BBC more forecast data, overhauled the technical architecture behind the online weather services by moving to Cloud technology and improved the way that weather is displayed across all platforms. MeteoGroup, working together with the BBC editorial and technology teams, have made improvements to BBC Weather online and via the BBC Weather App which include:
· New 14-day forecast: The BBC Weather site and apps now have access to more data than ever before which means viewers can be shown up to 14 days of hourly forecast data for UK locations and major international cities.
· New forecast features: In addition to new moving graphics, the updated weather service adds new data fields such as ‘chance of rain’ and ‘feels like’ temperature, to provide additional information and help viewers plan their days.
· More locations: Thousands of new locations have been added to the database, including many international locations, to make sure viewers can find the weather for where they are and wherever they want to go.
· New interactive map: Available on the desktop website and rolling out across mobile browsers a new weather map for all forecast locations will be visible, helping to show the bigger picture of the weather ahead which will be personalised to the user.
Peter Ruchatz, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, MeteoGroup, said: The team at MeteoGroup are proud to be working with the BBC to ensure that viewers receive the best possible weather service. The new service will provide BBC viewers with accurate forecasting and new state-of-the-art graphics. The successful implementation of these weather services across all BBC platforms – TV, radio, web and mobile, worldwide – has required a high level of technical expertise, rigorous planning and a lot of hard work from both parties. MeteoGroup and the BBC have been relentlessly pursuing excellence together, and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this service for BBC viewers.”
Liz Howell, BBC Head of Weather, said: “We know how important weather is to all of our audiences both in the UK and globally, so I am delighted to be able to bring them a refreshed look, new data and additional functionality. The story doesn’t end on the day we launch – we have plans for exciting innovation on all platforms which we hope will help BBC Weather stay world leading for many years to come.”
In the shipping sector MeteoGroup is the supplier of SPOS, the world’s leading onboard weather routing system, and RouteGuard/FleetGuard, the state of the art ship routing and fleet monitoring from shore services, led by Master Mariners. The European market-leader, MeteoGroup has been supporting the shipping industry for more than 20 years, helping some of the world’s largest shipping operators keep their vessels, crew and cargo safe and realise substantial savings on ship operations. In total, MeteoGroup supports some 6,000 vessels on a daily basis.
MeteoGroup is providing the BBC with its advanced WeatherSuite product. WeatherSuite is the weather solution for the world’s leading media companies providing viewers with the very highest accuracy, visualization quality and consistency across TV, online and mobile platforms. WeatherSuite offers customers a full range of tools which enables presenters to tell an engaging story and producers to deliver an efficient, cost-effective and reliable production
BBC Weather today is a fully multimedia operation, offering up-to-the minute weather information within the UK and globally across TV, radio, online and mobile. Today, BBC Weather produces more than 400 weather broadcasts a day, and forecasts for thousands of locations around the globe, compared to one broadcast a day in the early years on TV.
MeteoGroup, the global weather authority, combines accurate science with advanced technology and local expertise with global reach. MeteoGroup is trusted by hundreds of government agencies, thousands of companies and millions of consumers.
Founded in 1986, MeteoGroup has over thirty years’ experience of delivering weather solutions to the media and other weather-critical markets worldwide. Headquartered in the UK, it delivers local services to a global audience, through 450 employees in 16 countries around the world. Quality is at the heart of all its operations and internationally the success of the company has been based on its ability to deliver demonstrably better weather forecasts and solutions. Our team of expert and experienced meteorologists is available 24/7 to deliver the highest quality analysis and advice.
In addition to the weather solutions we provide to corporate, industrial and media customers, MeteoGroup is also the company behind the best-selling mobile apps WeatherPro and MeteoEarth and numerous weather websites.
MeteoGroup is backed by General Atlantic, one of the largest private investments firms in the world whose focus is building industry leaders in high growth sectors.