Miami Beach Selects Weather Alerting System (1/22)
Monday, January 22, 2007 | Comments
The city of Miami Beach, Fla., equipped lifeguards as well as park and recreation staff with a location-based wireless solution that sends alerts when severe weather conditions threaten public safety. The system uses Sprint Nextel's GPS-enabled Nextel handsets on the National Network equipped with WeatherBug Protect, a weather alerting and notification application. WeatherBug Protect integrates information from the National Weather Service with live, streaming weather data from the WeatherBug network of more than 8,000 U.S. tracking stations. The system matches weather alerts with a user’s specific location, weather profile, and mobile device – it then formats and delivers the appropriate alert message. The city of Miami Beach purchased 22 devices for key parks and ocean rescue locations. A WeatherBug tracking station was installed at the police headquarters. Installation of additional stations and cameras at the new emergency operations center and along the beach are planned for the spring.

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