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Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway: Value Added Products via Unisys 5th Channel

The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway System is a fully integrated, turn-key system that accepts and processes the complete product set found on the National Weather Service NOAAPORT satellite broadcast service. This includes the GOES, NWSTG, NWSTG2, and OCONUS broadcast channels. The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway system is also designed to accept and process the Unisys NOAAPORT broadcast channel that is co-located with the NWS NOAAPORT broadcast, and any future NWS broadcast channels with a simple configuration change. Unisys is the only company to provide a Unisys NOAAPORT channel with commercial weather data to supplement and complete the weather data offered on NOAAPORT.
We provide additional weather data services and customized products to augment and enhance the standard set of products offered on NOAAPORT. These products include Unisys unique data sets such as National and Regional mosaics of WSR-88D and FAA weather radar, radar signature products, additional satellite imagery, customized gridded model products, and lightning data.
The Unisys NOAAPORT broadcast channel is provided as an additional C-Bans channel from the same satellite as NOAAPORT (SES-1), therefore no additional antenna hardware is needed. The uplink is performed directly at the Unisys Weather Data Center. In addition, the Unisys NOAAPORT broadcast channel is provided with high reliability, as customers may also subscribe to backup landline services. This landline service provides automatic failover capability, ensuring a continuous source of data and products.
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

Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway: Ready for 30 Mbps

NOAA is undergoing a major transformation in the amount of weather and environmental data that will be delivered to users for mission critical operations. New satellites, upgraded weather radars, and higher resolution and expanded numerical models are just some of the upgrades planned by NOAA in the next 5 to 10 years.
The National Weather Service (NWS) successfully implemented a major enhancement to the operational NOAAPORT data delivery network in order to accommodate the large increase in data and products coming onboard. In 2011, NWS transitioned the NOAAPORT bandwidth from the 10 Mbps DVB-S to the 30 Mbps DVB-S2 standard.
Engineers at the Unisys Weather Data Center built, tested, and deployed the Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway with capability to ingest and process the new 30 Mbps NOAAPORT DVB-S2 data stream, while maintaining the legacy protocols required to distribute data and products over TCP/IP for up to 32 end users. The advantage to maintaining LDM, WXP (product manager), and GWIP are that users do not need to purchase and upgrade client side systems when new products are added to NOAAPORT.
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

Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway

VALUE SUMMARY:
• 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

GOES-15 (GOES-West) Outage

The National Weather Service announced that it was experiencing a GOES-15 outage as of 20:45 UTC on March 21, 2012. They have been attempting to recover the satellite since that time, and the recovery operation is ongoing. The current ETA for resumption of service is no earlier that 16:00 UTC on March 23, 2012.

NOAA has switched NOAAPORT processing to GOES-East. Therefore, until the recovery of GOES-West, all NOAAPORT satellite images (with the exception of Hawaii) will be made using GOES-East data, every 30 minutes.

For more information about the outage and a list of the products affected, please see the following link:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/SATS/MESS/MSG_01.txt

Hurricane Irene

Due to the coming landfall of hurricane Irene this weekend, we are anticipating periods of signal interference with our satellite feeds due to heavy rain fade. We will be monitoring the signal throughout the storm from our 24/7 operations center. We will do our best to advise all customers when we experience any issues as best we can.