WeatherSignal wants to create crowdsourced weather reports using Android phone sensors


If you’re a fan of OpenSignal, the mobile app that creates independent maps of mobile phone network coverage based on information crowdsourced from mobile phone users, then you may be interested to learn of a new standalone weather app the company’s currently trialing. WeatherSignal is available on Google Play from today, alongside its website, and is setting out to create a new way of collating weather data based on the native sensors on Android devices. Indeed, OpenSignal is calling this “the most ambitious weather crowdsourcing project ever,” but it’s worth noting here that it is still very early-stage. Given it relies on users installing the app, at launch it won’t be drawing on too much data. But there is a handful of phones currently contributing data, so there will be something in there. However, the idea is that it shouldn’t take long to start gathering useful weather-related data even with just a few thousands downloads. “The ubiquity of the modern smartphone means that for the first time it is possible to collect weather data at a level and frequency unavailable to current weather station networks,” the company says in its announcement. “We hope that by collecting and displaying this data we will be able to improve the granularity of weather readings – leading to more accurate, localised forecasts in the future.”
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WeatherSignal wants to create crowdsourced weather reports using Android phone sensors


If you’re a fan of OpenSignal, the mobile app that creates independent maps of mobile phone network coverage based on information crowdsourced from mobile phone users, then you may be interested to learn of a new standalone weather app the company’s currently trialing. WeatherSignal is available on Google Play from today, alongside its website, and is setting out to create a new way of collating weather data based on the native sensors on Android devices. Indeed, OpenSignal is calling this “the most ambitious weather crowdsourcing project ever,” but it’s worth noting here that it is still very early-stage. Given it relies on users installing the app, at launch it won’t be drawing on too much data. But there is a handful of phones currently contributing data, so there will be something in there. However, the idea is that it shouldn’t take long to start gathering useful weather-related data even with just a few thousands downloads. “The ubiquity of the modern smartphone means that for the first time it is possible to collect weather data at a level and frequency unavailable to current weather station networks,” the company says in its announcement. “We hope that by collecting and displaying this data we will be able to improve the granularity of weather readings – leading to more accurate, localised forecasts in the future.”
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