Press release archive: 2005

International recognition for the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s mobile weather services

2.11.2005 12:00

Among Finnish mobile content providers, the Finnish Meteorological Institute was selected by TeliaSonera to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SurfPort Awards Gala held on 28 October. The award was granted for the Finnish Meteorological Institute's pioneering development work to promote content services designed for mobile phones and for the popularity and high quality of the services offered.

International recognition for the Finnish Meteorological Institute's mobile weather services. Among Finnish mobile content providers, the Finnish Meteorological Institute was selected by TeliaSonera to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SurfPort Awards Gala held on 28 October.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has a long history of developing mobile phone services. Long-term efforts to develop mobile phone services have continued since 1995, and it can be said with reason that the FMI has been a forerunner in this field in the whole of Europe.

The FMI has always wanted to be among the first to utilise the latest technology. Under the Weatherproof brand, the FMI has provided mobile services for six years. In the sector of WAP and MMS services, the FMI has also been a pioneer.

The Weatherproof service offers the latest weather information for each postal code area in Finland and for the major regions on all continents. The weather services are tailored to serve several purposes and interests. For instance, the range includes golf weather, holiday weather, fishing weather, rain radar animations, boating weather, as well as several graphical weather services tailored for videophones. The services have received positive feedback from customers, and they have won several prizes, says Vesa Kurki, Account Manager at the FMI.

More information on the services is available on the Internet at www.weatherproof.fi, or directly through WAP at wap.weatherproof.fi. A separate service available through WAP is the popular Rainman service, which provides real-time information on the movement of rain areas. The Rainman service can be accessed at wap.rainman.fi.

For further information:

Vesa Kurki, Account Manager, telephone +358 9 1929 3132 or +358 50 583 9075

More information about the services is given at www.weatherproof.fi