Better skiing forecasts are the aim this coming season for Climate Dynamics.
The Queenstown-Wellington-based company will be launching a website in the coming weeks at www.snow-forecasting.co.nz using worldwide information adapted locally.
Climate Dynamics consists of Victoria University meteorologist Jim McGregor, Queenstown businessman Evan Bloomsfield and Victoria University post-doctoral fellow Rob Davies, now based in Wales.
McGregor and Davies put out weather maps for New Zealand and the South Pacific using global model outputs supplied from the UK. They looked at precipitation and freezing levels to predict snowfall.
Davies has continued this work in Wales for snow-forecasts.com, while McGregor plans to enhance it for the South Pacific, producing detailed snow forecasts for ski resorts.
His work has been sponsored, he hopes to fund the website by advertising and subscription. The relationship between Victoria University and Climate Dynamics will also have to be worked out. McGregor has provided weather data at the university for several years on www.geo.vuw.ac.nz/meteorology.
Meanwhile, helping firms transfer documents is the aim of new web-based software from Traxium of Christchurch.
The year-old three-man business formed by Bruce Foulds of Computerland produces applications so data on one company's system can be adapted for another.
"We are going to focus on the logistics and supply chains. We want to make it as seamless as possible to reduce people doing the fiddly stuff, like re-keying in data. This will take a lot of communication and labour costs out of the picture," says director Tony Kan.
Traxium is aiming at the freight transportation industry because the firm believes its need for such software is greatest. It will work over the web and use Microsoft technology. Kan says a commercial product should be ready in four to six weeks.