IBM Launches Mobile Weather Alerts Functional Without Internet

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Mumbai: In a bid to connect people in areas with lower connectivity and data availability, IBM and The Weather Company, owned by IBM Business, on Monday launched the country’s first mobile alerting platform that will deliver weather alerts without Internet.

The technology uses peer-to-peer connections on a “mesh network” to send critical weather alerts to people in remote areas. The technology links other nearby phones to extend the signal to help keep citizens connected and informed, and in the most severe conditions, might even help save a life.

“Mesh Network Alerts networking technology is appropriately designed to notify of potential severe weather events or disasters – even in areas with limited Internet connection, or cellular networks are disrupted due to an outage,” said Himanshu Goyal, India Sales and Alliances Leader, The Weather Company, in a statement.

Peer-to-peer technology converts mobile devices into links within the mesh network, allowing devices to “talk” directly to each other without using cell tower infrastructure.

Each smartphone becomes a node that stores the message and securely passes it to the next nearest device, creating a daisy chain to reach more devices and remove the need for a cellular network.

Mesh network is designed for low-bandwidth environments but uses mesh technology to offers the same high-quality user experience and needed weather information, maps and alerts from The Weather Channel.

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