WEATHER SOLUTIONS, Inc., a newly created unit of the Aboitiz Group, is partnering with Japan-based Weathernews, Inc. (WNI) for the delivery of hyperlocal weather information to Philippine businesses.

In a statement released over the weekend, Weather Solutions said it signed a memorandum of understanding with WNI, which will allow the companies to collaborate on various areas such as providing training for meteorologists, consumer services, and new tools.

Weather Solutions, described as the country’s first weather-centric social enterprise, provides available historical and real-time weather data, forecasting, and consultancy to companies across different industries.

WNI, the world’s largest private weather service company, has over 30 years of experience, technology and operating systems that “can help local businesses interpret how weather data can be used to mitigate operational risks and/or drive industry-specific solutions to boost performance.”

Weather Solutions President Jojo Z. Marasigan said WNI would help analyze the available weather data for companies.

“For instance, in retail, WNI’s data analysis can predict which specific products are supposedly sellable for a particular time of the year. We are excited to take this journey with WNI, possibly creating breakthrough platforms that will change the way businesses operate, especially around the communities that they support. In incorporating use of weather data for business, we are seeing growth in our prospective partners’ gains,” Mr. Marasigan was quoted as saying.

With its partnerships with WNI and Aboitiz Group’s WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Inc., Weather Solutions can “create a robust and reliable data-as-a-service (DaaS) solution for its customers.” The company offers customizable weather datasets that companies and individuals can use for decision making.

“This partnership with Weather Solutions is a very big step in moving forward. We understand that the company has already installed around 800 automated weather stations (AWS), and this is a very good thing. We appreciate what you have done and we feel very honored to be a partner,” WN Weatherstreet Philippine Branch General Manager Hirokazu Koro was quoted as saying.