Alexa, is it 
going to rain?

MetService

Technology

Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) is New Zealand’s national weather authority, providing comprehensive year-round weather information services to help protect the safety and well-being of New Zealanders and our economy.

As a world-class provider of weather information, forecasts and intelligence, MetService is as much a technology company as a weather service. Customers are at the heart of everything MetService does. Deloitte Digital collaborated with MetService to introduce Amazon’s Alexa technology, helping to keep their service offerings optimised and current to customer expectations.

Delivered

Alexa provides the most accurate, up to date forecasts, including current weather, rain, recommended layers of clothing and, importantly, if there are active warnings for New Zealand towns and cities. Deloitte Digital brought project management, UX, design, implementation and test skills together to help create these new services to meet customer demand. The cloud-based voice service is available on tens of millions of devices from Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. With this technology, natural voice experiences offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day.

“With over 1 million unique browsers per day visiting the MetService platforms, weather forecasts are an ever-increasing part of the New Zealand economy. We are delighted to introduce the Alexa app for towns and cities, it shows the vision and commitment to our customers providing accurate weather information in a voice activated format.”

Mark Huttley | CIO | MetService

Impact

Alexa devices now get a quality report from MetService for the weather in your town or city. To enhance the experience still further, users can set their home address in the Alexa companion app allowing them to use the skill without specifying a location. Alexa can now ask Met Service what is the current weather like and check if there are any active warnings. Keeping New Zealanders dry, safe and at the heart of their service.

“By working collaboratively with Met Service and AWS, we are delighted with what has been achieved and the impact it will have on people’s daily lives.”

Wyn Ackroyd | Partner | Deloitte Digital

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