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Globecomm completes weather-service upgrade

Globecomm Systems Inc. in Hauppauge, in an updated

Globecomm Systems Inc. in Hauppauge, in an updated photo, which specializes in communications, was silent Dec. 11, 2013, on plans. Photo Credit: Handout

Federal weather-monitoring agencies will now have a faster, more streamlined data network, recently installed by Hauppauge-based Globecomm Systems Inc., the company said.

The Globecomm network is intended for use by the National Weather Service, and was provided on a subcontract basis for the prime contractor, Raytheon.

The technical title of the network is the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System  Satellite Broadcast Network  to Digital Video Broadcast, Second Generation. It basically triples the federal government's weather-forecasting network speed and capacity, the company said.

"The SBN is a one-way, point-to-multipoint satellite broadcast system that distributes large amounts of data collected and produced at NOAA's national centers to Weather Forecast Offices," Globecomm said. Forecasters at the offices use the data to generate severe weather watches, alerts and warnings of various types of severe weather.

“Globecomm takes great pride in having served Raytheon and the National Weather service over the past six years providing robust satellite-based data dissemination for such a mission-critical task," said Alan Henderson, Globecomm’s vice president of engineering.

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