Microsoft has partnered with weather forecasting firm AccuWeather to integrate its weather data into Azure Maps. As the exclusive weather provider for Azure Maps, AccuWeather’s capabilities will add to the platform’s existing mapping data including traffic and public transport.
Azure Maps now includes AccuWeather’s severe weather alerts to provide people and businesses with critical information about dangerous weather conditions to ensure personal safety and business continuity. Microsoft customers can also use AccuWeather’s Weather Along a Route feature which provides real-time weather forecasts at every point along a journey.
According to AccuWeather, these new features are “vital to transportation and logistics companies for supply chain and ground operations and across numerous industries, including, energy production, insurance, retail and restaurants, empowering Microsoft clients with the convenience and ability to make better weather-impacted decisions for greater safety, situational awareness, operational efficiency, and increased profits”.
“Microsoft Azure Maps provides Microsoft enterprise customers with geospatial solutions through micro-services, benefitting from Azure cloud advancements and a micro-service architecture,” said Chris Pendleton, Azure Maps group program manager at Microsoft. “In order to move fast and focus on the future, we chose AccuWeather as our trusted partner to power Azure Maps Weather Services because of their rich, dynamic data, extensive global coverage and continued innovation and expertise in the field.”