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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Thor Guard Announces Industry's Most Accurate Forecasts Now Accessible from Internet-Connected Devices
SUNRISE, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2013) - Thor Guard, the leader in lightning prediction and warning systems for golf courses, announced that it has enhanced its ThorPCX software to give clubs and their members access to the most accurate weather forecasts from most Internet-connected devices.

The Internet-based service (no app is required) makes it easy for staff and members to open a web browser on their phone or tablet, go the Thor Guard weather forecast on the club's home page and check weather conditions at the course prior to and during their round.

The system's improved accuracy is a result of additional reporting data from multiple sites that have been refined using Thor Guard's proprietary algorithms.

"We're essentially extrapolating a micro forecast from a macro forecast," said Thor Guard president Bob Dugan.

Dugan said the more accurate forecasts will remove a lot of the guesswork that hinders professionals and superintendents when they are planning events, scheduling maintenance tasks and deploying labor.

"Weather service forecasts leave a broad window of ambiguity for golf course staff to deal with," Dugan said. "More accurate and timely forecasts make staff more alert to lightning and other potential safety concerns. They also let the superintendent be more precise in managing irrigation and other inputs to the course."

In addition, golfers who might be wondering about threatening weather conditions while on the course can now get timely updates from their smartphone or tablet and take preemptive action to return to a safe area in advance of a storm.

ThorPCX is software, which installs on a Windows-based PC or server, receives incoming data from the Thor Guard system via a directly connected serial/USB cable or from a local area network. ThorPCX works with ThorWeb, a web-based application that allows the course to display Thor Guard Sensor data on an internal or external (public) webpage. Because the data is embedded within the webpage, there is no need to install application software on each PC that needs to see the Thor Guard data. Using ThorWeb, Thor Guard data can be accessed on most PC and mobile device web browsers by simply typing in the web address.

Thor Guard also announced its initial testing of larger polycarbonate sensors that reduce the degrading effects of the atmosphere. "You can put them up and forget about them," Dugan said. "They'll probably last forever."

About Thor Guard
Since 1976 Thor Guard systems have provided reliable and accurate advance warning of the potential for lightning and other severe weather conditions. Utilizing proprietary atmospheric electrostatic analysis technology, Thor Guard provides lightning predictions and warnings, along with live streaming local radar, to help protect people and equipment and better manage events. Thor Guard is the only standalone lightning warning device used by the USGA, LPGA, American Junior Golf Association, Royal Canadian Golf Association and Canadian, European and South African tours. Thor Guard is also used by the TPC Network of Courses, Marriott Golf, Hampton Golf, the Department of Homeland Security, American Airlines, Air Canada, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jet Blue, United Airlines, Fed Ex, Motorola, AT&T and more than 700 universities, schools and municipalities.
Contact:
Bill Bryant, Bryant Marketing Communications
(678) 366-3232, bbryant@bryantmarcomm.com

Robert Dugan, Thor Guard
(888) 571-1212, bdugan@thorguard.com

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