Lightning Location by Triangulation

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I know the lightning detector isn’t compatible with Access. I wish it were and trust it will be at some point. Additionally, I would like to suggest its ability to locate with triangulation. If timing is synchronized and multiple units are within a geographical area, perhaps some coding could locate the lightning.
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Bill Martin

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lightening detector works with Atlas/Access.

For specific location, I have always been warned if within 20 miles of lightening, you are in danger. Doesn't matter which direction lightening is coming from. Detector is a safety detector.
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I have read numerous posts on here and Amazon that lightning detectors require a display unit and won’t work with Access. Is this a recent development?

As for danger, my idea is not meant to mitigate safety; rather, improve it by helping identify if a storm is headed toward or away. From a marketing standpoint, it increases the value of each unit sold even though there may be 75 others within 20 miles of my house.
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it is enabled with Atlas PWS, not 5in1.

Triangulation between all Acurite sensors poses some issues:
1. lots of compute power that Acurite would have to pay AWS for CPU/memory usage in addition to writing sw
2. currently, data is only sent back to the user that has the PWS. This is starting to share data (even if only analyzed by Acurite) to others. I do share my data with 2 close neighbors and this requires knowing the MAC address. anyone else can view on WU which hides MAC address/etc from others.
3. Competitive offers available: In addition, WU has radar maps that can show you the storm and movement. On this map, you can shrink or enlarge to see storm's movement and intensity. Depending on overlays used, you can get temps, rainfall, watches and warnings across the area you are viewing. In addition, WU is not just Acurite PWS but any PWSs that have WU logins.

Personally, I do not see Acurite adding value in this area and it would be a bad investment. But that is Acurite's decision.
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I should clarify.... the lightning detector I’m mentioning is the lighting, temp, and humidity sensor (about $20) that can be added to certain stations that have a display unit. I would like to find one that connects with Access along with my 5 in 1.

Admittedly, if/when my 5 in 1 gives up the ghost I may upgrade all of it.
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that's a Mkting decision for Acurite if they want to enable 3 in 1 or 5 in1 to have Lightening tied to Access.  Like autos, this Lightening/Access could only be an upgrade with Atlas and Elite PWSs.
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fyi - lightning, not lightening.  2 entirely different things :)
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Bill Martin

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yep, my bad...normally I spell that correctly but brain must have been on a break (or not correctly connected to my fingers)....  :)
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I got nothing. *facepalm*