NOAAPort & Weather Data/Product Subscriptions

The Unisys NOAAPORT Gateway system is a fully integrated, turn-key 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 system is licensed based on the configuration purchased for the delivery.  To shorten the name in this document, the NOAAPORT Gateway will be referred to as NOAAPORT from this point forward.

The NOAAPORT accepts and processes the complete product set found on the National Weather Service (NWS) NOAAPORT satellite broadcast service. This includes the GOES, NWSTG, NWSTG2, OCONUS, NPP, GRE, GRW, EXP, and NWWS broadcast channels. Additional channels as they become available can be added through the NOAAPORT configuration file.  The Unisys NOAAPORT system is also designed to accept and process the Unisys WeatherMAX data from the Unisys Weather Data Center on the Unisys satellite broadcast channel.  The Unisys broadcast channel is co-located with the NWS NOAAPORT broadcast using the SES-1 satellite, this allows use of the same satellite dish and its components for both the NOAAPORT broadcast and the Unisys broadcast. The Unisys channel and select NOAAPORT feeds can also be received via a land line connection to the Unisys WeatherMAX dissemination server located in Malvern, PA.  The Unisys channel provides a Unisys NOAAPORT channel with commercial weather data to supplement and complete the weather data offered on the NWS NOAAPORT broadcast.

This system runs on an Intel platform using the Linux operating system (Red Hat or CentOS). It uses standard TCP/IP and NFS/SMB for data access. The Unisys NOAAPORT system has been tested to process data at 70Mbit/sec data stream from the NWS broadcast. The Unisys NOAAPORT system can save all the data on local disks, provide product arrival notification (PAN) messages, output the NOAAPORT data as a raw NOAAPORT packet stream, or output the data as familiar WMO bulletins that can be further processed or displayed by Unisys Product Manager or other user software.

The Unisys NOAAPORT system currently sends the NWS NOAAPORT satellite broadcast data stream and/or Unisys satellite broadcast data stream to end users over a TCP/IP socket connection in one of three formats:

  • WXP (Unisys Weather Processor)
  • LDM (Unidata Local Data Manager)
  • GWIP (Unisys Weather Server)

Reliable and accurate weather data and product subscriptions

Unisys Weather manages a world class data center with emphasis on redundancy, accuracy and reliability. We provide system and software engineering geared specifically toward the weather enterprise through decades of experience building managed solutions for NOAA, FAA, and industry partners. Unisys Weather develops custom solutions by working collaboratively with customers to deliver fully functional and flexible products and services.

We recognize the challenges faced by many organizations in the weather enterprise. Rapid increases in the amount of weather data - higher resolution models, additional radar products and scans, more satellite data, and an explosion of weather observations with new devices and social media - require more processing, faster storage, increased security and more data center resources. Unisys Weather Information and Technology Services can help. Recognized as a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in application modernization and data center optimization, Unisys provides innovative solutions through data center consolidation, private/hybrid/public cloud migration, secure mobile applications and virtualization.

Unisys collects global and national weather data from weather sensors such as Doppler radars, satellites, lightning detectors, and a vast array of other weather sources.  The data from these sensors is stored in a database in Malvern, PA. We also create our own unique Unisys value added weather products such as the National Radar Mosaics from this information used by FAA, NWS, and others.  This data is delivered to our customers via satellite, the Internet, and land lines. We provide “one-stop-shopping” to our weather clients from our large “warehouse” of worldwide real-time meteorological data.

NOAAPort Receive System

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