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IBM and The Weather Company to Improve Flight Operations with Data

By Ken Briodagh August 16, 2017

The Weather Company, an IBM Business, recently announced that it is enhancing its global flight operations solution WSI Fusion, with live flight tracking data from FlightAware. WSI Fusion provides early insight into changing flight, airport and airspace conditions in order to enable aviation providers to carefully plan and track flights, optimize operations and reduce the impacts of disruptive events. With the addition of FlightAware's data, including its private network of over 12,000 Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations in over 160 countries, WSI Fusion customers will have access to enhanced flight following capabilities worldwide.

The Weather Company said it plans to fuse flight tracking data from FlightAware with its own real-time and forecast weather information to provide early insight and an actionable view that enables operations to make more informed decisions for their crew and passengers.

"At FlightAware, we provide partners with the most comprehensive data by fusing hundreds of sources of flight tracking information through our proprietary data processing and delivery platform," said Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware. "Inputs from our ADS-B surveillance technology into The Weather Company's global flight operations platform will allow greater visibility into aircrafts' exact locations providing the end-user with improved situational awareness."

ADS–B is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft automatically determines its position and broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary radar, and it can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self-separation.

"The integration of FlightAware's world-class flight tracking data into WSI Fusion's powerful flight decision engine will help enhance operational decisions for our customers worldwide," said JP Gorsky, director of aviation solutions, The Weather Company.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

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