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AccuWeather's Batting a Thousand with the Little League World Series

August 23, 2013; 4:06 AM
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State College, PA, August 22, 2013 - The Little League World Series has ramped up safety and security this year, by utilizing an application developed by AccuWeather, the world's leading multimedia weather information source, and Esri, the leading GIS mapping software development company. The web app provides a common operating picture (COP) should severe weather play a role in this year's tournament to ensure the safety of all involved with the highly attended event.

The interactive mapping system uses Esri-enabled technology to help the Little League World Series mitigate the risks of severe weather to their operations throughout the series. Translated into visually compelling animations and illustrations, this application integrates the league's assets with all manner of weather. This includes current conditions, forecasts and severe weather warnings including lightning, rainfall, winds, extreme temperatures, and tornados.

By receiving advanced warning of high impact weather events, the league can safely shelter players, spectators and employees and put emergency protocols into action. Site-specific warnings can also alert key personnel when weather is in the vicinity of the ball fields, but will not directly impact them - limiting unnecessary downtime and interruptions of the games.

This application also features an updated interface, taking advantage of the latest Esri Flex technology, which allows for enhanced interactivity and ease of use. The Message Center now displays more details about each warning, including severity indicator and hover-over warning functionality to view full details. It also includes a ticker; indicating last update time, number of active warnings, and next expire time for constant update of warnings situation.

Because seconds count when severe weather hits, AccuWeather supplied the league with 100 licenses to access this application through mobile devices, ensuring a swift response by delivering site-specific severe weather warnings directly into the hands of the end user - all combined with the quick and direct access to the league's standard operating procedures for weather-specific emergencies.

The Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., began Thursday, August 16th, and will continue through with the Championship game on Sunday, August 25th.

About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For businesses, government agencies, media, and institutions around the world, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions delivers mission-critical, weather-driven solutions that help protect people, property and profits from the effects of weather. AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' products include the most accurate, site-specific, customized severe weather warnings, short- and long-range forecasts, and applied weather information.

Every day one billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ for nearly 3 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, wired and mobile internet sites, connected TVs and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news and weather content and video for more than 72,000 third-party websites.

Visit AccuWeather.com/EnterpriseSolutions for additional information.

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