APIs enable website owners to directly hook into another service provider’s data and then make use of it on their own site. This technology could be used for providing pricing information, for example up to date prices from Amazon.com, inserting a Twitter feed to a blog, or providing upcoming weather information to travelers.
An API eliminates the need for website owners to create their own code, and helps those who have coded APIs to spread the word about their service. In this article, we’re going to focus on weather APIs and take a look at three different industries that can benefit from this data.
Smart Building Technologies
The smart building industry has seen rapid growth over the past few years, and many homeowners and businesses have been upgrading their systems and products to make use of the current technology. Many smart technologies integrate into a central system via the IoT (or Internet of Things).
Using a weather API, it’s possible to incorporate the data to optimize the use of air conditioning and heating systems, and also adjust things like computerized windows and blinds. This can save homeowners and businesses a lot of money over the course of a year.
Every REIT (real estate investment trust) will have a team of employees that is in charge of maintenance tasks on their various properties. Weather maps, such as those available from AerisWeather, can help them to receive location specific forecasts for either the present day or a day in the future. This can make it easy to track the weather in each property’s location.
The reason why this data can help property management companies is because there are always tasks that need to be completed outdoors. With up to date weather tracking technology, property management companies can determine whether to send staff to work on outdoor jobs, or whether to send them to indoor ones. To save outdoor maintenance tasks from building up, they can plan these ahead of time for when the tracking data shows that clear weather is expected.
The trading industry often uses weather maps and tracking data to make their economic models more accurate. Some financial instruments and traded commodities rely on regional weather conditions, and the data these APIs provide can provide traders with a noticeable advantage over those who ignore, or are unaware of how to obtain, this information.
Private traders can also make use of this same data, and many will even build their own personal models that can help them to compute every possibility ahead of making a trade. This technology is especially useful for those who don’t have access to large mainframes.
Weather APIs are extremely important in many different industries, and the above three are just a sample to show you how useful they can be. If you run a business that is weather-reliant, do some research into how weather maps and tracking data can help you. You may be surprised!
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