There are many ways that including weather into your app or SaaS enhances the experience for the user. Whether it’s a company app used internally to assist your delivery drivers where weather updates will prove useful, or a commercial app with the weather being seen as a “value add,” slotting in weather data into applications is easier than ever before.
There are different methods available to add weather information into your app or SaaS application. In this article, we run through a few of the possibilities.
Mobile App with API
Creating or updating existing mobile solutions with a weather tracking app feature adds greater value to what was there previously. Just being able to see current weather and what’s upcoming in the next few hours (or days) can prove invaluable to employees or other app users.
Using an API from aerisweather, it’s possible to implement weather data mapping in high-resolution by pulling the data into the website or SaaS app directly. The API makes all the right connections, providing enhanced mapping and viewing capabilities for the user without extensive additional coding being required from your staff. The team at Aeris have already done the heavy lifting for you, which saves time.
Unique Maps Platform
The unique Aeris Maps Platform offers access to graphical tiles filled with map and weather data which can be utilized in different ways. Using their AMP platform (not to be confused with the low-tech AMP website platform promoted by Google), it creates updated regional weather charts and integrates them with an available mapping library such as the open-source Mapbox, Google Maps or Apple’s mapping platform is done without any fuss.
The sophistication of the AMP system extends to creating layers depicting current temperatures, and likely rain or snow on the horizon too. Both satellite and radar data can also be depicted to provide a regional or multi-country viewpoint for multi-national corporations needing to plan ahead.
Weather Toolkits for App Developers and Programmers
Should the other solutions not be ideal, there’s the option of crafting your own using an SDK.
For instance, Aeris provides SDKs for both iOS (now with support for tvOS apps too) and Android mobile platforms to let app developers incorporate their state-of-the-art weather technology directly in as little time as possible.
With the wealth of different methods to include real-time and historical weather data and maps inside mobile apps and websites now, it’s only a question of how they can best be used. Developers must consider how best to provide the information at the relevant time so that it’s helpful to the user because it’s appropriate at that moment. Therefore, some thought needs to go into when and where to deliver weather data to ensure the user can make the best use of it.