Previsico to connect with €4.3bn Meteosat satellite system

Live flood alert insurtech, Previsico, is set to connect with the new Meteosat Third Generation satellite system for the rapid detection and nowcasting of severe weather events.

The new system will provide 50 times more data than existing Meteosat satellites, once fully operational, greatly increasing the accuracy of future nowcasts.

Jonathan Jackson, CEO of Previsico, said: “The cost of flooding to the global economy is significant, well-known, and forecast to increase greatly in the future due to increasingly volatile weather caused by global warming. Yet many of these flood impacts are entirely avoidable with the right technology in place. The data from Meteosat will enable Previsico to take our already world-leading service to the next level.”

This first satellite of the new system, launched on 13th December, will help meteorologists meet one of their main challenges – the rapid detection and forecasting of severe weather events – so that more timely and accurate warnings can be given. The system will ultimately consist of three satellites in geostationary orbit, 36,000km above the African equator. They will provide images of Europe every 2.5 minutes, including the first observations of lightning from space.

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