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GOES-R Data and Products at Unisys

GOES-R is NOAA’s latest geostationary weather satellite and it set to launch on Saturday, November 19th at 5:42 EST. Upon successful launch and checkout, GOES-R will be placed at 89.5 degrees West. GOES-R will provide a major increase in spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution in satellite imagery as well as the first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). Unisys will be a vendor for GOES-R data and products. If your company is interested in obtaining GOES-R data or products to support your operations, please contact sales-support (-at-) weather.unisys.com for additional information.

Unisys Weather Hosts Girl Scouts in FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Mark Logan showing radar

Unisys' Mark Logan is demonstrating the use of Doppler radar in the detection of tornadoes.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, Unisys Weather in Malvern, PA hosted a group of Girl Scouts competing in the FIRST LEGO League 2013 Nature’s Fury Challenge. The scouts were interested in how Doppler weather radar is used to detect and track tornadoes, and how this information is sent to the public. Unisys senior product engineer Mark Logan and weather program manager Brian Hughes displayed radar images generated by Unisys showing the powerful tornadoes that struck Moore and El Reno, OK in early 2013. In addition, the scouts were able to see “live” imagery of a tornado outbreak over Illinois and Kentucky.

Visit us at the 93rd Annual AMS in Austin, TX!

Unisys is excited to be at the 93rd American Meteorological Society (AMS) Meetings, Jan. 7-10, at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. Visit us at booth #317 where we will demonstrate the latest weather technology innovations including new weather radar mosaics, interactive weather analysis tools, mobile apps, Google apps, and weather analytics in the in the AMS exhibit hall.

As a global IT leader, Unisys has a 60-year history in weather information technology from UNIVAC to NEXRAD Doppler Radar to today’s weather information solutions. Unisys provides weather data, products, and engineering services to a wide array of clients, both public and private. We supply mission-critical radar products to the National Weather Service as well as develop weather display solutions for air traffic controllers. Unisys provides a turn-key NOAAPORT receive system fully tested to ingest the full 30Mbps data stream. Unisys is the only commercial provider of an additional NOAAPORT channel allowing users to enhance their mission critical systems with a highly reliable C-band downlink. This downlink allows clients to enhance their suite of mission-critical weather data and products, and offers a critical backup for the primary government dissemination system. Learn more at weather.unisys.com

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