Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken will launch a new 1-year program with Tomorrow.io, a state-of-the-art Weather and Climate Security Platform that will enable the City to better predict, prepare for, and respond to future storm events.
It will offer real-time hyperlocal information such as wind direction, precipitation, temperature, air quality, up-to-the-minute flooding data at specific City intersections, and more.
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.
“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,” said Mayor Bhalla. “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. Thank you to Gov. Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Department of State’s New Jersey-Israel Commission, and resident Morielle Lotan who were instrumental in bringing this kind of state-of-the-art technology to the City.”
“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,” said Andrew H Gross, Executive Director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “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.”
“Israel and New Jersey remain global leaders in innovation, and today’s announcement by Hoboken reaffirms that when these two States work together, we can see life changing achievements,” said Mark S Levenson and Karin Elkis, Co-Chairs of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. “We congratulate the City of Hoboken and Tommorow.io for reaching this exciting agreement.”
Through this partnership with Tomorrow.io, 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 as 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.” said Rei Goffer, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Tomorrow.io. “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.
Over the last several years, the City of Hoboken has become a leader in sustainability and resilience, adapting to mitigate flooding caused in part by climate change and rising sea levels.
The City has created two resiliency parks capable of withholding hundreds of thousands of gallons of stormwater and is in the midst of constructing its third and largest resiliency park in Northwest Hoboken. Further, through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the City has broken ground on the Rebuild by Design project that will ultimately help mitigate flooding caused by storm surge.
To learn more about the City’s resiliency and sustainability efforts go to https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/sustainability.
Tomorrow.io is the World’s Weather and Climate Security Platform, helping countries, cities, businesses, and individuals manage their weather and climate security challenges. Fully customizable to any industry impacted by the weather, customers around the world including Uber, Delta, Ford, National Grid, and more use Tomorrow.io to automate decision-making and enable climate adaptation at scale. Tomorrow.io’s satellite constellation, with initial launches planned for late 2022, will provide the first-ever global precipitation dataset updated hourly, enabling improved forecasts globally to help organizations tackle weather and climate security challenges.