System for collecting and presenting real-time weather information on multiple media

  • US 5,848,378 A
  • Filed: 02/07/1996
  • Issued: 12/08/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/07/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for detecting weather conditions at multiple sites and reporting those conditions in real time via multiple interactive voice messages comprising:

  • a. multiple weather stations, each comprising;

    (1) one or more weather instruments, each capable of sensing a particular weather parameter, and converting said sensed weather parameter into an analog electrical signal;

    (2) converters for converting the analog signal from each said instrument into a series of digital electrical signals corresponding to the values of the sensed weather parameter over time;

    b. one or more base computers programmed to(1) receive digital signals in real time encoding weather data collected at a particular weather station;

    (2) store and retrieve said digital signals to and from local data storage;

    (3) communicate weather data with a centralized server database;

    c. a server database computer programmed to(1) receive digital data from said base computers in real-time encoding weather data collected at a particular weather station;

    (2) store and retrieve said digital signals to and from data storage;

    (3) transmit selected real-time weather data in response to requests received over a network;

    d. a telephone driver unit for(1) retrieving real-time weather data for selected weather station sites from one of said base computer'"'"'s local storage;

    (2) presenting voice menu options to a telephone user;

    (3) encoding said real-time data into voice messages and playing said voice message to callers in response to caller input.

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