Weather Direct Brings Hyper Local Forecasts to BusinessesBy Frank Ohlhorst | Print
For construction firms, landscaping contractors, amusement parks, charter boats and many other businesses, the question “How’s the weather?” can dictate the events of the day. Lacrosse Technology helps the channel answer that question and score some revenue at the same time.pagebreak title = Weather Direct: Forecasting Success:}
Solution providers will find it very easy to set up a
Weather Direct system. For our tests, we started off with the WD-3209U kit.
Initial setup consists of installing batteries into the Weather Monitor and then
plugging in the included transmitter into an Internet router.
We also installed batteries into the included remote temperature transmitter, which for our purposes we located in our server closet to monitor temperatures there. After plugging everything in, we needed to register the display and gateway at www.weatherdirect.com. Installers must create an account on the weatherdirect.com site to register the product. The products are also programmed from the weatherdirect.com site using a Web 2.0-style installation wizard. Setup is simple, yet tedious. Installers will have to remove and reinstall batteries, press registration buttons, input serial numbers and so on to set up a Weather Direct System.
Installers can also program the service to send alerts via text messages or e-mails to cellular phones, a handy option for landscapers or other outdoor workers who need to be warned of impending storm conditions.
For some, Weather Direct’s array of products may amount to little more than gadgets. For others, Weather Direct’s gizmos may prove to be important business tools. It's all up to the solution provider to figure out where the products will offer the most benefit for their customers and install accordingly. La Crosse Technology does not sell direct, and interested parties will need to contact the company to find out about partner opportunities and distribution methods. Some of the company’s products are available via mail order warehouses and retail outlets.