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NEA develops first mobile weather service with Microsoft

National Environment Agency and Microsoft

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has signed an MOU with Microsoft yesterday to develop the region’s first real-time mobile weather forecasting service – [email protected] – for users to access weather information from their mobile phones. 

Singapore, 23 March 2009 – The National Environment Agency (NEA) is developing [email protected], Singapore’s first mobile weather service to provide residents with weather information and forecasts via their mobile phones. 

As a one-year pilot project for [email protected], NEA will be using “Microsoft Virtual Earth” real time map services and development expertise. Both organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the launch of World Meteorological Day yesterday (23 March 2009).
The [email protected] will be designed to provide the public with mobile access to key weather products, currently available on NEA’s corporate website.

These include:

1. Current weather, together with a three-day forecast
2. Real-time rain areas animation
3. Temperature, wind speed and direction, and humidity information at various locations around the island

With [email protected], users will be able to access weather information anytime, anywhere.

This mobile weather service will harness the capabilities and resources of both NEA and Microsoft Singapore, by combining NEA’s real-time weather and forecast information on Singapore with Microsoft Singapore’s real-time map services. These mobile weather products are then delivered to mobile devices enhanced with rich graphics and an intuitive interface design.
With [email protected], which will be available later this year, NEA hopes to improve upon its customer-focused services and extend the reach of its weather services by leveraging on the high mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore. 

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