Weather Company Broadcast Alerting delivers automated, hyper-local, and customizable weather alerting controlled from anywhere with an internet connection

IBM United States Software Announcement 222-193
July 26, 2022

Table of contents
OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
Statement of general directionStatement of general directionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberRegional availabilityRegional availability
PublicationsPublications


At a glance

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Weather Company Max Alert Live, a component of Weather Company Broadcast Alerting, helps broadcast emergency weather alerts to your audience. Weather Company Max Alert Live offers the following:

  • Fully automated watches and warnings that instantly display crucial and potentially life-saving information from the National Weather Service
  • Rich, engaging graphics that match your brand and can be customized by priority and frequency
  • Streamlined workflows that use a Max-based interface to create the output graphics as well as a cloud-based command interface so you can control the solution from anywhere with an internet connection


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Overview

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Weather Company Max Alert Live enables stations to more rapidly broadcast severe weather news with customizable automated alerts, a user-friendly Max-based interface, and a cloud deployment so you can control the action even from outside the studio.

By directly integrating data from the National Weather Service, Weather Company Max Alert Live automatically triggers messages that scroll across the bottom of the screen when predetermined weather conditions occur. You can also display other optional information, such as a map that provides a clearer view of hazard areas and additional weather data. Messaging can be placed anywhere on screen and feature logos for your brand or other sponsorships.

Because the solution is cloud-based, meteorologists can log in from anywhere with an internet connection to view the current situation, choose trigger conditions, and control the video output. You can match your current on-air look with modern graphics that dynamically adapt to the changing weather to convey the urgency of the emerging threat. Information can be set to display automatically or manually depending on the severity level. Output can also be triggered locally when no internet is available.

Key benefits of Weather Company Max Alert Live:

  • Can trigger broadcast alerting presentations, including but not limited to crawling text, a map with warning polygons and radar, and map legend text to inform viewers of breaking or life-threatening weather conditions
  • Is accessible from anywhere, by meteorologists with an internet connection, to view the current situation, choose trigger conditions, and control the video output
  • Delivers customizable, dynamically changing display, which automatically enables visual differentiation for various alerts
  • Includes a cloud-based interface for enabling authorized users to monitor and control what is being sent to the broadcast from anywhere that has an internet connection
  • Has available Text-to-Speech feature to display content in text crawl messages, supporting FCC regulations

Weather Company Max Alert Live solutions are supported by Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4, a workstation that helps facilitate timely notification of weather and other significant events, such as tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm watches, amber alerts, and more, to the television audience.



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Key requirements

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Weather Company Max Alert Alive requires the following:

  • Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4 workstation
  • Weather Company Max Alert Alive software


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Planned availability date

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August 29, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Accessibility by people with disabilities

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Accessibility Compliance Reports (previously known as a VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance to standards, including the Worldwide Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, European Standard EN 301 349, and US Section 508, can be found on the IBM® Accessibility Conformance Reports website.



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Statement of general direction

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By the end of 2024, Weather Company Max Alert Live, a component of Weather Company Broadcast Alerting, is expected to replace the Weather Company LiveWire system, providing organizations with enhanced functionality due to the integration of Weather Company Max solutions.

Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Program number

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Programs

Program number VRM Program name
5900-AR3 Cloud service Weather Company Broadcast Alerting
5900-A92 Cloud service Weather Company Max Solution Services

Weather Company workstation

Product name Part number Program number Machine type-model
Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Z4G4 D0A7QZX 5737-H23 2132-LW1


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Offering Information

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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage® and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications

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For more information, see the Weather Company Max Alert Live web page.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Physical hardware specifications

Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4

Dimensions:

  • Width: 169 mm (6.65 in.)
  • Depth: 445 mm (17.5 in.)
  • Height: 386 mm (15.2 in.)
  • Standard weight: 11.3 kg (24.9 lbs)

Power supply: 750 Watts, 100-127 Volts, 12 Amps

Standards

Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4 conforms to the following standards:

  • FCC: Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class B
  • UL/IEC 60950-1

Temperature and humidity

Operating:

  • Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
  • Relative humidity: 10 to 85%, noncondensing, 35°C maximum wet bulb
  • Altitude: 0 to 1524 meters (5,000 feet)

Above 1524 m (5,000 feet) altitude, the maximum operating temperature is reduced by 1°C (1.8°F) for every 305 m (1,000 feet) increase in elevation.

  • With rotational hard drives: 3,048 m (10,000 feet)
  • With only solid state drives: 5,000 m (16,404 feet)

Nonoperating:

  • Temperature: -40°C to 60°C (-40°F to 140°F)
  • Relative humidity: 10 to 90%, noncondensing, 35°C maximum wet bulb
  • Altitude: 0 to 12,192 meters (40,000 feet)

Shock

Operating: 1/2-sine: 40g, 2-3 ms (approximately 62 cm/second)

Nonoperating:

  • 1/2-sine: 160 cm per sec, 2-3 ms (approximately 105g)
  • square: 422 cm per sec, 20g

Note: Values represent individual shock events and do not indicate repetitive shock events.

Vibration:

  • Operating random: 0.5g (rms), 5-300 Hz
  • Nonoperating: random: 2.0g (rms), 10-500 Hz

Note: Values do not indicate continuous vibration.

Software requirements

Weather Company Max Solution products require an internet connection and web browser.

IBM Support

The Weather Company® Community is your gateway to technical support tools and resources that are designed to help you save time and simplify support. The community can help you find answers to questions, download fixes, troubleshoot, submit and track problem cases, and build skills. Learn and stay informed about the transformation of The Weather Company Community, including new tools, new processes, and new capabilities, by going to The Weather Company Community website.

Planning information

Packaging

Weather Company Max Alert Live software is accessed through the internet. There is no physical media or electronic deliverable.

Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Max Alert Live Z4G4 is packaged as follows:

  • Height: 22.5 in. (572 mm)
  • Width: 12.4 in. (314 mm)
  • Depth: 22.2 in. (563 mm)
  • Shipping weight: 31 lbs (14.06 kg)

Direct client support

For technical support or assistance, go to The Weather Company Community website.



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Ordering information

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For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or go to the Passport Advantage website.

These programs are available only through Passport Advantage.


Passport Advantage

New part numbers

Weather Company Broadcast Alerting (5900-AR3) introduces the following part numbers:

Part number description Part number
Weather Company Max Alert Live - US Data Hundred Thousand Population per Month D0A72ZX
Weather Company Max Alert Live - US Data Redistribution Hundred Thousand Population per Month D0A73ZX
Weather Company Max Alert Live Hundred Thousand Population SaaS Subscription Term License D0A75ZX
Weather Company Max Alert Live Hundred Thousand Population SaaS Perpetual License D0A74ZX
Weather Company Max Alert Live Text to Speech Install SaaS Perpetual License D0A76ZX
Weather Company Max Alert Live Maintenance Hundred Thousand Population Annual Subscription and Support D0BPHZX

Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Z4G4 (5737-H23) introduces the following part numbers:

Part number description Part number
Weather Company Max Solutions Systems - Z4G4 Max Alert Live Client Device SaaS Hardware D0A7QZX

Previously announced part numbers

As a convenience, the following table lists the previously announced part number for Weather Company Max Solution Services (5900-A92):

Part number description Part number
Weather Company Max Remote Training Engagement Remotely Delivered Service D01YUZX

Charge metric

Charge metric information can be found in the corresponding Service Description document.

Program number Service Description document title Service Description document number
5900-AR3, 5900-A92, 5737-H23 Weather Company Max Solution i128-0073

Select your language of choice and scroll down to the Charge Metrics section. Follow-on releases, if any, may have updated terms. Clients will always be directed to the most current published version of the Service Description. To review older versions, use the "Version" drop-down menu to the left of the displayed Service Description to select a previous version.



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Terms and conditions

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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction for the acquisition of Cloud Services from IBM consist of either the IBM Cloud® Services Agreement and the applicable offering Service Description or the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement or the International Passport Advantage Express Agreement and the IBM Terms of Use - General Terms for Cloud Offerings and the applicable offering Service Description.

Technical support

Technical support is provided for Cloud Services and enabling software, as applicable, during the subscription period. Any enhancements, updates, and other materials provided by IBM as part of any such technical support are considered to be part of the Cloud Service, as applicable, and therefore governed by the applicable agreement as defined in Client's quote or transaction document. Technical support is included with the Cloud Service and is not available as a separate offering.

Additional technical support information for this Cloud Service offering may be found in the IBM Support Guide or in service-specific documentation.

Service Description

Program number Service Description document title Service Description document number
5900-AR3, 5900-A92, 5737-H23 Weather Company Max Solution i128-0073

Follow-on levels of a cloud service, if any, may have updated terms. You will always be directed to the most current published version of the Service Description document. To review previous versions, use the "Version" drop-down menu to the left of the displayed Service Description document to select a previous version.

Limited warranty

See the warranty defined in the applicable agreement governing client's acquisition for this offering.

Money-back guarantee

No

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

Yes. Information is available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

Usage restrictions

Yes. For usage restrictions, see the Service Description documents listed in this Terms and conditions section.

Educational allowance available

No



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through intrusion prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a regulatory compliant, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.


Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.

IBM Global Financing

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, can help accelerate implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified clients.



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Regional availability

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Puerto Rico and United States

Trademarks

IBM, Passport Advantage and IBM Cloud are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

The Weather Company is a registered trademark of TWC Product and Technology, LLC, an IBM Company in the U.S. and other countries.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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