The world of weather is changing, the global temperature is warming and with this is appearing a range of wild conditions that are leading to natural disasters on a seemingly more frequent basis. And along with these notable changes within weather fronts, is an increasing pressure upon Weather APIs to be more accurate than ever before to feed relevant data at the right time, to the right people. All of which, when dealing with such increasingly dramatic weather, can be the literal difference between life and death.
Within such a world, developers of weather apps are demanding and need ever more reliable data upon which to build their applications. It is with this in mind that this blog will explain exactly why the world of weather location-based APIs are meeting these challenges in a robust way with ever more accurate data.
The GPS capabilities of the average Smartphone
Even by today’s standards Smartphones are now seriously smart. Their processing powers are increasing at a staggering rate and the specification of the hardware that homes impressive applications is becoming ever more advanced with every model that is made.
Such advancements are then equally matched by the GPS capabilities of our Smartphones and given that GPS has featured even upon the earliest of Smartphones today we look forward to positioning technology that can be harnessed both actively and passively.
The employment of GPS technology: From social media through to entertainment
GPS technology is being utilised for both in-app uses (such as is seen within weather apps) as well as sending data directly back to app developers, which in turn help them to understand just when, where and how their apps are being utilised. And whilst all weather apps and the team behind them understand the importance of data accuracy, few outside of the development world appreciate that GPS technology is being harnessed by apps that range from social media right through to entertainment based apps. This is then in turn harnessed by an ever evolving collection of location-based APIs, which are consequently stronger and more reliable as a result.
Overcoming security misunderstandings
Whilst the evolvement of GPS and location based APIs is great news for many developers, one issue that many an app developer who uses location based technology faces is the mammoth problem of overcoming security misunderstandings about apps that track their users’ location. In short all too often such users may see the initial app installation screen as a list of potential for snooping upon their data. This situation isn’t helped by the recent scandals that have seen both the US and UK government alike reading, listening and intercepting data upon massive scales.
Unfortunately short of including an explanation within developer documentation or user install screens about how location data is utilised, it seems that overcoming the mass of misunderstandings can really only be tackled by a large scale educational effort.
This would likely involved a collection of companies within the technological realm on an all-out campaign to educate users that install permissions to track location aren’t really some underhand Governmental plan to spy on their every move, but are instead a way of simply delivering the most accurate of weather reports for whatever location the user finds himself in.
Of course our seemingly suspicious nature of technology, as is underlined again and again by debates around topics such as AI, do little to help this challenge, and whilst the accuracy of location based APIs may continue to improve, it appears that for some, consumer willingness to benefit from such advancement may well remain decidedly stuck in the past.