ClimaCell

ClimaCell

ClimaCell is a Boston-based weather intelligence platform for automated weather predictions.

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ClimaCell's platform is powered through their use of open government weather dataweather data and their proprietary use of what the company calls virtual sensing data. One of the sources of this data is from microwave and satellite links from satellite receivers for televisions or cell towers, and signals from point-to-point networks built for hospitals, financial traders, cloud providers, and railways for weather-related data.

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With ClimaCell's data and weather forecasting platform, the company offers urban flood forecasting. This forecasting can be delivered up to 36 hours ahead of the flooding event. The platform works to predict flooding events through an understanding of city planning standards and historical events. The platform has been deployed in cities across Asia, South AmericaSouth America, Africa and Europe. And the company suggests the model is capable of predicting a coming flood and the floods severity level and expected flood time.

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ClimaCell offers an independent non-profit organization to offer reliable localized weather information for areas underserved by traditional weather solutions. The non-profit began in East AfricaEast Africa and worked with local governments, NGOs, and local communities to help the implementation of critical weather warning systems and data. ClimaCell's intended aim to reduce hunger and the incident of infectious disease by keeping people out of poor weather through early warnings.

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October 2018
Total funding amount (USD)
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Latest funding round date
July 28, 2020
Total funding amount (USD)
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ClimaCell Venture round, April 2019
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ClimaCell Series A round, November 2017
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ClimaCell Seed round, May 2017
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ClimaCell Series C round, July 2020
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Weather Assistant by ClimaCell
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Forecast & Radar by ClimaCell
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Health Operations Optimization Platforms (H.O.O.P.)
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ClimaCell is a developer of a hyper-local weather forecasting platform intended to improve weather forecasting with new micro weather information. The company's platform utilizes wireless signals, connected vehicles, satellite-to-ground microwave signals, street cameras, and other technologies along with traditional meteorological data sources to provide accurate, real-time, location-specific, and on-demand weather forecasts. ClimaCell's platform processes the data through proprietary models. The platform includes measurements on temperature, wind profiles, and precipitation data.

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Microwave and Satellite Links

ClimaCell's platform is powered through their use of open government weather data and their proprietary use of what the company calls virtual sensing data. One of the sources of this data is from microwave and satellite links from satellite receivers for televisions or cell towers, and signals from point-to-point networks built for hospitals, financial traders, cloud providers, and railways for weather-related data.

Typical cellular network topology in an area of 3000 km2. (credit:climacell.co)

Similar to these microwave and satellite links, ClimaCell uses weather data from airplanes and drones which transmit wind, humidity, and temperature data from various elevation levels and various regions.

Connected Cars

ClimaCell uses data from connected cars, which are able to detect the use of windshield wipers, the activation of ABS braking systems in the case of slippery conditions, and the use of fog lights in times of low visibility. ClimaCell says these points of data help inform their weather models with the context provided from traditional weather data to better understand the weather conditions.

Mobile Devices

ClimaCell uses data, which they say is anonymized, from mobile device sensors for possible observations about the weather. For example, if cell phone batteries are dying sooner in a specific area for all users, that can indicate colder weather. And virtual sensing technology can use cell phone sensors for barometric pressure data.

Mappng a mobile devices barometric pressure (credit: climacell.co)
Road Cameras

ClimaCell's platform also uses image processing and deep learning to process data from live outdoor camera feeds. The company also suggests this capability will be expanded to dashcams as the technology becomes more widespread. Their platform is capable of identify weather conditions such as precipitation type and intensity, fog, and cloud coverage.

CBAM

CBAM is ClimaCell's proprietary weather forecasting model. The company says the model is capable of ingesting data feeds from it's virtual sensing technology and providing forecasting for local regions. The modelling is capable of providing users information based on the desired location, resolution, coverage and user set parameters. ClimaCell says the platform is capable of offering users fine-scale terrain resolving, with real-time updates every fifteen minutes, and is delivered through their different climate forecasting products.

Visualization of ClimaCell's data feed and CBAM's data ingestion capability. (credit: climacell.co)
Road Risk Scores

Through ClimaCell's CBAM model, they offer users road risk scores. The risk is scored on a five-point system, where a one represents little-to-no weather related risk and a five represents poor visibility, heavy precipitation, and poor road coverage. A five can also represent flooding present. The system is intended to offer transportation, construction, and general consumers better information for route planning up to eighteen hours before reaching an impacted area.

Flood Warnings

With ClimaCell's data and weather forecasting platform, the company offers urban flood forecasting. This forecasting can be delivered up to 36 hours ahead of the flooding event. The platform works to predict flooding events through an understanding of city planning standards and historical events. The platform has been deployed in cities across Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. And the company suggests the model is capable of predicting a coming flood and the floods severity level and expected flood time.

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ClimaCell

ClimaCell's business-to-business product of the same name, their all-in-one weather dashboard, provides users with real-time weather information and data. Users receive historical data, real-time data, and forecasting for twenty different weather parameters and offers various map layers. The dashboard offers users global weather coverage, and local weather data, including precipitation, lightning, and air quality.

The ClimaCell also allows users the chance to set up customized weather parameters and alerts for specific locations and weather conditions. The industries ClimaCell suggests their dashboard is best for include:

  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Sports and Outdoor activities
  • Energy
  • Drones
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Overview of ClimaCell's Dashboard. (climacell.co/climacell/)

As well as their dashboard, ClimaCell offers a weather data API for their weather data and forecasting and offering customizable parameters.

Weather for AI - WAI

ClimaCell's Weather for AI (WAI) offers users historical weather information for locations worldwide to help those users train artificial intelligence models and predictive weather models and their possible impacts. WAI users are also supposed to be capable of defining the location, resolutions. coverage, and parameters for their needs. The industries ClimaCell believes are best served by WAI include:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Restaurants and Retail
  • Sports
  • Technology
Health Operations Optimization Platform

ClimaCell's Health Operations Optimization Platform (H.O.O.P.) offers users air quality data combined with hyper-local weather data through their weather dashboard and their weather API. The air quality data includes historical air quality, real time air quality, and forecasted air quality data. The data offered for air quality through H.O.O.P. includes:

  • Health recommendations
  • O3
  • PM10
  • PM2.5
  • CO
  • NO2
  • SO2
  • Primary Pollutant
  • Global AQ index
  • Pollen
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Gridded air quality data capture visualization. (credit: climacel.co/air-quality/)

Speaking on their launch of their air quality information, CEO and co-founder of ClimaCell Shimon Elkabetz said:

Air quality impacts everyone's lives in ways big and small, and the recent fires in the Amazon are a reminder of its impact. ClimaCell is uniquely positioned to leverage its Weather Operating System to provide historical, real-time, and forecasts of air quality anywhere in the world.
ClimaCell Forecasting Mobile App

Since 2019, ClimaCell has offered a business-to-consumer weather forecasting mobile application. The mobile app was initially launched on iOS in August 2019 under the name Forecast & Radar by ClimaCell. The application was launched on Android in February 2020 under the name Weather Assistant by ClimaCell. Through the mobile weather app, users receive local weather forecasting and current condition information driven by ClimaCell's data.

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ClimaCell offers an independent non-profit organization to offer reliable localized weather information for areas underserved by traditional weather solutions. The non-profit began in East Africa and worked with local governments, NGOs, and local communities to help the implementation of critical weather warning systems and data. ClimaCell's intended aim to reduce hunger and the incident of infectious disease by keeping people out of poor weather through early warnings.

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ClimaCell Delivers Innovative Weather Prediction

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ClimaCell Launches Air Quality of Things, Hyper-Accurate Air Quality Forecasts. Partners with Via to Offer New Yorkers Discounts When Travelling to "Clean Air Gems" Across New York City.

ClimaCell

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September 19, 2019

ClimaCell Launches HyperCast 2.0: A Revolutionary Weather Forecasting Platform Businesses Can Actually Rely On

ClimaCell

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July 15, 2019

ClimaCell weather app features better accuracy and alerts--for a price

Alex Perry

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August 17, 2019

Climacell's New Weather App Uses 600 Million Devices to Forecast Areas as Small as a City Block

Aaron Pressman

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August 13, 2019

Cloud for Clouds: ClimaCell Leverages Cloud HPC to Deliver Weather Micro-Forecasting

Oliver Peckham

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August 1, 2020

How ClimaCell Uses Parallel Processing to Forecast Hyperlocal Weather by the Minute

Nona Tepper

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April 24, 2020

How the ClimaCell Microweather API Is Changing the Game

Eran Hollander

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August 16, 2018

JetBlue Tracks Microweather with New ClimaCell Software

Nick Zazulia

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July 20, 2018

Meet The Company Helping Determine When And How Sports Will Return From Coronavirus Shutdowns

Daniel Marcus

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April 30, 2020

SB Energy Invests in ClimaCell to Accelerate Deployment of its Revolutionary Weather Forecasting System

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April 8, 2019

Study Confirms the Impact of Cold Weather on COVID-19

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November 26, 2020

Technology Reveal: How Does ClimaCell Predict the Weather More Accurately

ClimaCell

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March 19, 2019

WAI To Go! ClimaCell Launches Historical Weather Data Archive For AI-Model Training That Can Predict Weather's Precise Impact On Businesses and Industries

ClimaCell

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January 16, 2020

Weather tracking tech developer ClimaCell raises $15 million

Jonathan Shieber

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November 27, 2017

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ClimaCell - CBAM in India

January 7, 2020

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes Talking About ClimaCell On Washington Post, Oct. 24, 2019: The C-Suite View

October 30, 2019

Watch Now: ClimaCon 2020 Keynote

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MeteoGroup
Founder
Rei Goffer
Full address
25 Dorchester Ave, Rm 52150, Boston, MA 022055541 Central Avenue West, Suite 270, Boulder, CO 8030183 Clemenceau Avenue, 2nd Floor, Singapore, 239920Platinum Tower, 21 Ha'Arba'a St., 20th floor, Tel Aviv, 6473921
Investors
SoftBank Group
Location
Singapore
Number of Employees (ranges)
100–249
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Timeline

July 28, 2020

ClimaCell raises $23M Series C for its weather intelligence platform.

July 9, 2020

Israeli agriculture startup SupPlant partners with ClimaCell for weather insights.

July 7, 2020

ClimaCell Inc. and SupPlant announced on Tuesday a partnership that combines weather intelligence and autonomous irrigation based on the Internet of Things (IoT).

February 17, 2020

ClimaCell launches weather assistant consumer app on Android

February 6, 2020

Uber partners with ClimaCell to improve ETA estimates with local weather data

January 16, 2020

ClimaCell, the weather technology company, announced today the launch of a new product, WAI - Weather for AI, a historical data archive for the training of AI models.

January 8, 2020

Google Partners With ClimaCell to improve weather forecasting in India

December 3, 2019

Private weather company ClimaCell to spin off nonprofit to tackle weather forecasting, early warnings in Africa.

September 19, 2019

ClimaCell Launches Air Quality of Things, Hyper-Accurate Air Quality Forecasts. They announce a partnership with Via to offer New Yorkers discounts when travelling to "clean air gems" across New York City.

August 17, 2019

ClimaCell weather app launches for iOS.

July 15, 2019

ClimaCell launches HyperCast 2.0: A weather forecasting platform for businesses.

October 4, 2018

ClimaCell Raises $45M in Series B Funding

July 20, 2018

JetBlue partners with ClimaCell to help track microweather and forecasting.

November 27, 2017

ClimaCell, a weather forecasting technology developer, raises $15 million.
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ClimaCell

Predict, automate, and solve weather challenges.

ClimaCell is a Boston-based weather intelligence platform for automated weather predictions.

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