Weather service gets new net

Weather service gets new net

The National Weather Service this month awarded a 10-year, $29.4 million contract to GTE Information Systems LLC to install a new network for the Weather Wire Service.

The C-band network will use very-small-aperture terminals and demand-assigned multiple-access technology to deliver severe-weather information quickly and reliably, NWS officials said. The network will provide 99.8 percent of all warnings in 30 seconds compared with the 60 seconds it takes the existing wire service, said Doug Walls, program manager for satellite systems at NWS. The weather service uses the network to broadcast storm warnings.

GTE Information Systems of Chantilly, Va., will begin installing the new network's antennas and data communications equipment in December at 20 weather forecast, river forecast and storm prediction centers. The new network will use the Space-Net 4 satellite network run by GE American Communications Inc. of Princeton, N.J., to transmit wire service data, Walls said.

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