Amazon Web Services Summit: Earth Networks, Owner of WeatherBug, to Present Cloud Computing Case Study on Delivering Mobile Lightning Alerts in Real-time

Germantown, MD – April 18, 2012 Earth NetworksSM, the owner of WeatherBug® mobile apps and the operator of the largest weather, lightning and climate observation networks, announces it will be presenting at the Amazon Web Services Summit at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York on April 19. AWS Summits are an international series of one-day events designed to bring AWS customers and those interested in cloud computing together to meet, share ideas and learn about the latest technology trends and some of the most interesting AWS Cloud use cases.

During a breakout session, Development Director Eric Weller and Lead Software Engineer Edward Dingels will present how Earth Networks successfully leveraged the cloud-based Amazon Web Services DynamoDB NoSQL managed database service to quickly and efficiently develop a new lightning-based alerting system for use with the WeatherBug family of smartphone apps. This project, which will scale to 2 billion connections per day, harnesses data from more than 500 lightning sensors around the world within the proprietary, patent-pending Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN) and runs geospatial queries based on each user’s location. When lightning is detected, information is processed within Amazon’s state-of-the-art cloud-based environment and rapidly travels from the sensor to the app – enabling the prompt delivery of potentially lifesaving alerts.

WHAT: Building Scalable Database Applications on AWS – Earth Networks Case Study.

WHERE: The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm on April 19, 2012.

Media may schedule one-on-one interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Hunt 301-250-4046,

About the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network
To help stay safe from lightning and other forms of severe weather throughout the year, early warnings and alerts from advanced weather networks are critical. The
Earth Networks Total Lightning Network is the largest global sensor network for the detection of both in-cloud (IC) pulses and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning. The network includes more than 500 sensors worldwide and, importantly, detects both cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning. The presence of in-cloud lightning often indicates the potential of severe weather phenomena, including heavy rain, large hail, dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, tornadoes and downburst winds. When lightning rates exceed a “severe” threshold and there is an increased threat for severe weather, Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) are issued via the Earth Networks - WeatherBug website, desktop application, and mobile apps.

Earth Networks
As a provider of comprehensive atmospheric data for nearly 20 years, Earth Networks is Taking the Pulse of the Planet with the world’s largest weather observation, lightning detection, and greenhouse gas monitoring networks and is establishing a network for collecting data within the planetary boundary layer. The company’s popular WeatherBug website, desktop application and mobile apps for major smartphone platforms provide real-time neighborhood-level weather and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Enterprise solutions from Earth Networks enable organizations and markets, including energy and utilities, agriculture, schools, sports and recreation, emergency operations and government entities, to safeguard lives, prepare for weather and climate events and improve business operations. Founded in 1993, Earth Networks ( is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.

Earth Networks: Powering WeatherBug & WeatherBug Home

For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet® using the world’s largest weather, lightning and greenhouse gas monitoring networks. Our sensors across the planet keep consumers, businesses, and governments informed, updated and alerted. Our popular WeatherBug® brand provides neighborhood-level weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions. Our WeatherBug Home offering taps big weather and connected home data for improved energy efficiency and comfort. Enterprises such as schools, airports, professional sports teams, utilities and government agencies rely on our early warning solutions to safeguard lives, prepare for weather events, and optimize operations. Know Before®.

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