The Weather Underground brings weather service to mobile phone users
Weather conditions and forecasts to be available to users of AT&T PocketNet, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Cellscape and GTE SuperPhone services
ANN ARBOR, Mich.(May 13, 1997) - The Weather Underground today announced that their innovative weather forecast service will be available on the Unwired Planet(TM) UP.Link Platform(TM) to users of digital phone services such as AT&T PocketNet, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Cellscape and GTE SuperPhone.
The Weather Underground's Web site (http://www.wunderground.com) provides visitors with current weather conditions and forecasts for thousands of cities all over the world. In addition, it provides ski conditions for major US ski resorts.
"The Weather Underground is pleased to expand our data to the UP.Link(TM) Platform," said Jeff Ferguson, director of communications at The Weather Underground. "We have always been interested in bringing our information services to new technologies, and we anticipate mobile endusers to become loyal, repeat visitors." "Handheld devices present a unique challenge because of their small size and varying form factors," said Alan Steremberg, director of technology for The Weather Underground. "Unwired Planet's HDML open specification allowed us to focus on our content expertise and our experience in building easy-to-use interfaces to retrieve weather information."
"We are very excited to have the Weather Underground service become available on mobile phones," said Ben Linder, vice president of marketing for Unwired Planet. "Weather information is very valuable to business and leisure travelers, our primary market for the UP.Link Platform."
Web site information is merely formatted using HDML to make the information visible to handheld devices running the UP.Browser.(TM) HDML is an open and freely available markup language optimized for interactive Web access from wireless handheld devices, such as mobile phones and pagers. HDML-based services can be deployed rapidly since they can be created using existing Internet content, development tools and programming skills. The HDML specification was developed and contributed to the industry by Unwired Planet, and has been submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). HDML is in use by The Weather Underground, as well as over a thousand other Web developers today, including Bloomberg, Data Broadcasting Corporation, InfoSpace, and One-On-One Sports.
About Unwired Planet
Unwired Planet was founded in 1994 to deliver an open platform for wireless Internet appliances. Unwired Planet's first product, UP.Link, is a comprehensive, open, communications platform including browser, server, and HDML markup language. UP technology is network-and device-independent and has been adopted by leading wireless carriers, including AT&T Wireless Services, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, GTE Mobilnet, and others, as well as major device manufacturers worldwide, including AEG, Alcatel, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nortel, PCSI, QUALCOMM, Samsung and Sharp. For more information, visit Unwired Planet's Web site at http://www.uplanet.com.(TM)
About The Weather Underground
The Weather Underground was founded in 1995 as an Internet content publisher, specializing in real-time data delivery and the reformatting of meteorological information into text and imagery products. The founders of The Weather Underground have supplied Internet users with weather information since 1990, with highly visible TelNet, Gopher, Email, FTP, World Wide Web and Java interfaces. The Weather Underground services include custom, value-added data streams for endusers and distributors. For more information, visit http://www.wunderground.com .
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