ClimaCell has closed $45 million in Series B funding. The company captures millions of new hypersensing points such as those from wireless and IoT networks and thus, finds and forecasts location-specific, short-term weather.
ClimaCell aims to become the default microweather platform for the emerging technology economy, including autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and on-demand services, all while serving traditional consumers of weather products, like aviation and utilities.
The funding was led by Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Envision Ventures, Canaan, Fontinalis Partners, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. The latest investment will be used by the company to expand its global presence, especially its sales team, and continue the company’s research and development of new weather sensing and forecasting methods.
The need for better weather data and forecasts is greater than ever, with an increasing frequency of weather events. However, the low density and slow update times of radars and weather stations can leave data gaps. Plus, radar can’t sense at low altitudes, and this makes weather more unpredictable, and dangerous.
Since new hypersensing technologies capture millions of data points about ground-level weather, high-resolution data, like ClimaCell’s, means more accurate forecasts. Finally, ClimaCell speeds up forecasting using big data techniques and high-performance computing.
With ClimaCell’s global expansion, the next six months will see new coverage areas for the company, including places that have little to no weather forecasting infrastructure, like much of the developing world.
ClimaCell’s current offerings serve customers across both traditional and emerging industries, including aviation, automotive, shared mobility, UAVs, and utilities.
Its microweather products include HyperCast™ a web-based interactive HD weather map, HyperCast™ Aviation, and the Microweather™ API, which provides a live weather data stream for integration with other software and platforms. Customers include JetBlue, Delta, Via, and Autodesk.