City of Hoboken announces 1-year partnership with weather and climate security platform

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The City of Hoboken has announced a one-year partnership with a weather and climate security platform that offers real-time hyperlocal information such as wind direction, precipitation, temperature, air quality, and up-to-the-minute flooding data.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“It is imperative that the City of Hoboken continue to be proactive in its approach to preparing for and responding to extreme weather events as climate change continues to increase the frequency and severity of storms we face,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.

“With this cutting-edge technology, we will be able to pinpoint the exact location and time when certain areas of our City will experience severe weather and so much more, which will not only allow us to deploy City resources more efficiently, but ultimately save our residents money and offer them peace of mind.”

He also thanked Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and the New Jersey Department of State’s New Jersey-Israel Commission for bringing Tomorrow.io to the city’s attention.

The cloud-hosted weather prediction service will increase the climate security and resiliency of municipal operations and allow the City to compare and analyze historical weather trends.

“As climate change continues to have a major impact on New Jersey and the world, we are proud to see Israeli innovation helping cities like Hoboken face this unprecedented challenge,” added New Jersey-Israel Commission Executive Director Andrew H. Gross.

“This office will continue to seek out opportunities to pair game changing Israeli technology with our state to stay ahead of the curve and protect lives.”

Through this partnership, the city will be able to more accurately predict Hoboken specific storm surge, wind, rain, snow, ice, and more for the exact time of impact, duration of the storm event, and the storm’s severity.

This data will allow the City’s Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Transportation and Parking, and the Department of Environmental Service to more efficiently deploy no parking signs, barricades, staff, and resources prior to and during future storms.

Currently, the city relies on historical knowledge and nonspecific regional weather predictions from the National Weather Service to prepare for weather events.

“We’re thrilled to work with the City of Hoboken to help improve climate resiliency through weather intelligence, which will help every city department improve operational efficiency and adapt quickly to incoming weather,” noted Tomorrow.io Co-Founder and Chief Strategy officer Rei Goffer.

“With so many cities struggling to adapt to a changing climate, we’re excited to partner with the innovative leaders in Hoboken to keep residents safe no matter the weather.”

With Tomorrow.io, the city will look to save operational expenses related to overtime, material use, and maintenance, in addition to private savings corresponding to flood damage in public or private facilities.

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