The new SunSmart Global App uses innovative technology to bring users relevant sun protection time more quickly, with updates on the new app coming every 2 minutes.
Although both apps bring information from the nine live UV stations across Australia, the two apps update that information at different times. This means while they are both accurate, the data in the new app will be updated more regularly than the old app, this means there may be a different live UV levels across the two apps.
The other main factor as to why there may be different information in both of the SunSmart apps is that the UV forecasting is done by different centres. The current SunSmart app is forecasted by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), while the SunSmart Global UV app uses UV forecasting from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts located in the UK. While both are accurate, they use UV level forecasts for different times, which can result in slightly different sun protection times.
We are proud that this new SunSmart Global UV app is delivering more time sensitive data to users while continuing to offer accurate UV information that Australians need to help increase their sun protection behaviours.