The Weather Company, an IBM business, is adding live flight tracking data from FlightAware to its global flight operations solution. The Weather Company will also combine flight tracking data from FlightAware with its real-time and forecast weather information.

The addition of FlightAware’s data, includes its private network of over 12,000 Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations in over 160 countries, says the company.

ADS–B is a surveillance technology in which an aircraft automatically determines its position and broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations as a replacement for secondary radar, and it can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self-separation.

[Image courtesy: FlightAware]