SOURCE: CommPower

September 30, 2009 11:38 ET

NOAA/NWS Weather and Warning Services: Massive Changes in the Forecast

CAMARILLO, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) - The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS) which provides weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and other emergency messages to the public and emergency managers via the NOAA Weather Radio/All-Hazards (NWR) system and NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS), will consolidate, modernize, and extend its offerings via its recently awarded Weather Radio Improvement Program (WRIP) to Communications & Power Engineering, Inc. (CommPower).

Through this program, consisting of a 3-year base period and 2 years of follow-on maintenance ($22.3M total), CommPower, with teammate Harris Corporation, will develop and deploy a nationwide (and beyond) dissemination system that rapidly and reliably delivers around-the-clock weather, all-hazards and other emergency information, as well as live audio emergency announcements to the public, media, law enforcement, and local/state emergency managers.

The nerve center of the WRIP architecture is a dualized and largely fault-tolerant Master Processing Center (MPC) through which all weather/warning data is received and analyzed for dissemination to a suite of delivery interfaces that include FM transmitters, the Internet, Satellite feeds, National Law Enforcement Network (NLETS), and others as they become available. Supplementing the MPC is a network of 122 Weather Forecast Office (WFO) "portals" that give local meteorologists and other authorized emergency personnel access to the system for generation and submission of weather/warning broadcast data, live audio announcements, and regionalized control/monitoring functions.

Aside from the system's extensive reach and demanding mission objective, a notable highlight of WRIP is its resilience to obsolescence. Kathy Nuckles, CEO/President of CommPower, adds that "Through use of normalized open standards and content key-word profiling, WRIP is largely data agnostic, allowing it to be easily extended to support future payloads and interfaces as they become available. In other words, WRIP will evolve as technology advances, thereby ensuring NWS' ongoing commitment to provide timely and reliable public alert services."

About CommPower: From inception in 1984, CommPower has achieved excellence in the system development and integration market, with emphasis on real-time message processing/switching and data communications applications for military and meteorological markets. Please visit www.commpower.com for details about the company and its offerings as well as contact information.

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