Understory Receives Patent for Weather Stations

Weather stations built with commoditized components can be deployed anywhere in the world

Published online: Jul 11, 2018 New Products
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Understory, the weather network and analytics company, today announced that it received a patent for its cost-effective method of manufacturing weather stations. On the heels of its mechanical strain-based weather sensor patent, this secondary patent significantly lowers the costs of creating resilient weather sensors. This positions Understory to radically alter the global weather sensing infrastructure.

“Scientific-grade weather sensors previously costs around six figures due to components, assembly, installation, service maintenance, and the necessary layer of communication to receive data,” said Alex Kubicek, CEO and founder of Understory. “In contrast, Understory’s method of manufacturing weather stations utilizes commoditized components that cost an order of magnitude less. With the cost barrier significantly lowered, we are creating resilient sensors that can be deployed anywhere in the world and last up to ten years in the field without human interaction.”

Understory’s weather networks are comprised of patented weather stations that form full-stack, rugged, tamper-proof, maintenance-free, precision weather solutions. These stations, with their patented solid-state technology, measure 50,000 times a second to provide research-grade hail, wind and rainfall data year round. Additionally, these measurements power a cloud-based artificial intelligence core that stitches measurements together to provide unprecedented damage understanding at every point in Understory’s networks.

With this patent, Understory is the only company capable of deploying cost-effective weather sensor technology worldwide to enable the collection of real-time and accurate weather data. Its patented, no-moving part creation method enables the collection of real-time, directional weather data at a fraction of the cost. 

Understory is recreating the weather data infrastructure from the ground up. With 500 stations deployed across five major U.S. metropolitan areas, a national expansion underway to increase its sensor network to 5,000 sensors by the end of 2019, and a growing international presence. Understory is globally enabling better access to real-time, granular weather data to drive more informed decisions across industries.