- AccuWeather’s Chainlink node has gone live.
- The node will let AccuWeather provide weather data to smart contracts.
- Several other real world companies have partnered with Chainlink in recent months.
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AccuWeather’s Chainlink node has launched.
Blockchain Infrastructure Meets Weather Forecasting
AccuWeather has launched a Chainlink node.
Chainlink announced that the node had gone live in a Tuesday press release. The node is expected to give blockchain developers access to weather data, including “current weather by geolocation… current temp, max temp, min temp, and precipitation.” This will allow for weather data to be used in smart contracts powering decentralized applications.
Weather data bridges could potentially allow for novel use cases such as dynamic NFT art or games that could change with the weather. The update also opens the door up to weather prediction, hedging markets, and other weather-based blockchain apps.
Kurt Fulepp, Chief Product Officer at AccuWeather, said of the update:
“We look forward to seeing how hybrid smart contracts using AccuWeather data create value for farmers, business, and humans all over the globe, ultimately fostering a lasting social impact across developed and emerging markets.”
AccuWeather is an American company that provides weather data, forecasts, and warnings to over a billion people globally every day in one way or another. In addition to its own native channels, it delivers weather updates to roughly 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather will now be able to use its Chainlink node to circulate data across multiple blockchains, and the data will have its own cryptographic signature proving that the data came from AccuWeather.
Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network that allows blockchains to access external data. It’s become a crucial part of the DeFi ecosystem. According to AccuWeather, Chainlink was chosen for its node because it is time-tested, widely adopted, and required “little integration work.” Chainlink is by far the most used oracle network in the crypto space today.
Chainlink establishes new partnerships rather often, and not only with crypto natives. In October, the project announced a partnership with Associated Press, allowing for the firm to provide data related to U.S. elections and business financials, among other topics. It also appointed Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt to its advisory board last week.
Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author of this piece owned LINK and several other cryptocurrencies.
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