Started by a team of former military officers from the Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan, ClimaCell is leveraging emerging technologies to develop new weather prediction tools for use in autonomous cars, aviation, construction, broadcasting, finance, on-demand mapping and natural disaster emergencies around the world. In May 2018, the company announced the launch of its Micro Weather API, “built for mobility and on-demand businesses as well as others making snap decisions based on tiny pockets of weather.”
Central to ClimaCell’s unprecedented approach to weather forecasting is the use of cellular communication towers and technology that are now ubiquitous around the world. ClimaCell is the first and only company to use data from new sensing technologies, including wireless communication networks, to sense the weather. This provides for real-time, ground-level data that delivers more accurate and current “nowcasting” information to those whose livelihoods depend on knowing the latest weather.
The company recently announced that it has closed $45 million in Series B funding. Clearvision Ventures led the financing round with participation from new investors Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Envision Ventures, and existing investors Canaan, Fontinalis Partners, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. The latest investment will be used to expand ClimaCell’s global presence, especially its sales team, and continue the company’s research and development of new weather sensing and forecasting methods.
ClimaCell products track and report historic and current weather data including air temperature, “feels like” temps, dew point, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, wind gust speed, barometric pressure, precipitation intensity, precipitation type, visibility, cloud cover, moon phases, sunset and sunrise times. Customers can customize ClimaCell products to suit their individual needs and preferences, including specific alerts and other settings.
And where other private or government forecasters update their data every minute, that data can be as much as five to 20 minutes old. ClimaCell’s data is updated every minute with no lag time.
“Our mission is to map all of the weather data in the world to build the default micro weather engine for the new economy,” said ClimaCell founder and CEO Shimon Elkabetz.