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NWS Announces NOAAPort SBN Expansion to 60 Mbps

The National Weather Service (NWS) announced today the dates for expanding the current 30 Mbps NOAAPort service to 60+ Mbps by October 1, 2014. There will be a period of dual illumination from August 17, 2014 to September 30, 2014. The text of this announcement can be viewed on WMO header NOUS72 KNCF 261406.


Unisys is working to update our NOAAPort Ingest and NOAAPort Gateway systems to allow users to receive data on the new NPP channel (for Soumi-NPP satellite granules and profiles) and update the Unisys NOAAPort and NOAAPort Gateway systems to the new broadcast.


Unisys NOAAPort customers with current maintenance contracts will be notified and receive the updated software to aquire the NPP channel.


We are currently testing the platform to handle the 60+ Mbps broadcast including different receivers and server configurations. Unisys Weather will post the details of this updated platform when ready for deployment.


Transponder and frequency updates from the NWS will be posted at the NWS NOAAPort site.


Current Unisys customers can direct questions to: technical-support@weather.unisys.com

Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway

• System architecture designed and built for real-time and very highly reliable delivery of weather information
• System tested for the future three-fold increase in data bandwidth requirements
• Weather industry standard communication protocols and data formats
• Added commercial weather products available to weather information consumers
• Delivering essential weather data and information at less cost

The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway system is a fully integrated system that is configurable to receive the NWS NOAAPORT broadcast data stream, to receive the Unisys Weather data stream (satellite or landline), or receive both the NOAAPORT and the Unisys Weather data streams through diverse communication paths. The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway is built, tested, and shipped from our Malvern, Pennsylvania based Weather Data Center and provided as a turn-key system fully capable to receive the 30 Mbps NWS broadcast. The system is built on an Intel platform using CENTOS or Red Hat 5 as the Linux operating system, and supports up to 32 simultaneous users. Users connect using TCP/IP choosing between three protocols: LDM, Unisys WXP, or Unisys GWIP.

Each NOAAPORT Gateway is configured based on the customer’s needs. Users may elect to receive the NOAAPORT only, requiring hardware and associated cabling to an external satellite receive station. Users acquiring the full NOAAPORT Gateway including the Unisys WeatherMAX data stream will have an option to connect to the Weather Data Center via landline. The landline option provides a redundant connection with automatic failover capability if landline service is degraded or interrupted.

The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway ingest and processing functions are fully configurable to allow users to select products based on their needs. Alerts can be generated using Product Arrival Notification (PAN) messages, allowing users’ systems to process high priority products such as NWS advisories or warnings.

Commercial weather products, such as Unisys weather radar mosaics and VAR lightning data, are also available via the Unisys WeatherMAX data stream.

For enterprise missions, Unisys delivers weather information at less cost than customers building and maintaining their own services to receive information directly from the NWS and/or other sources of weather information. Unisys monitors the services and provides 24×7 support to assure high reliability of weather information delivery.

For additional information including technical characteristics and system documentation, please visit http://weather.unisys.com/noaaport/ or call Unisys at 800-610-9473, 9am – 5pm EDT or e-mail sales-support@weather.unisys.com

Web Server redesign Phase 1, turn 8000 web pages into 800 web pages

Phase 1 was a major upgrade, and we thank all our users for their patience. Originally, there were over 8,000 web pages which were all unique html pages. With the phase 1 upgrade, the number of pages was reduced to about 800. Most of the web pages are now generated by a handful of scripts and a database. This reduction in size and complexity will allow us to focus more on future content and less on web page maintenance.

The process of reducing the number of web pages was performed by the Unisys Application Modernization Center of Excellence (AMCOE) out of St. Louis, MO. This group looked at our web site, came up with a plan, and had the new site up and running within a few weeks. The quick turn around had a lot to do with the AMCOE team composition. They had an expert for every aspect of the web redesign, which included database experts, java experts, php experts, and web designers. The team members worked individually to complete their assigned task quickly, and they worked together to ensure the combination of unique tasks solved our business problem. If we had to do this all over again, we would choose AMCOE without hesitation. Thanks AMCOE. Hope to work with you again in the future