KenCast’s Fazzt® Way To Deliver Weather Datacasting For JMA’s HimawariCast
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is preparing to go live with a newer and better meteorological satellite service this year.
Adding management, optimization and automation is KenCast’s Fazzt Enterprise Content Delivery solution, which offers the flexibility to support a transition that considers old and new data and sources as well as a proven track record in weather systems. Similar to other satellite datacasting services, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GEONETCast Americas service, Fazzt is a key component.
Since 2014, the JMA and partner Rikei Corporation have been collaborating with KenCast® on this new data delivery service, which will go live early this year.
The JMA’s HimawariCast service is a transition away from existing MTSAT LRIT and HRIT services. The new service will provide more frequent and better imagery, and will do so every 10 minutes, to improve accuracy and usefulness of data.
One use of this system, among others, will be the datacasting of JMA’s meteorological satellite imagery and related products. This will be a free service to users within the multicast footprint.
The JMA has produced data manipulation software, including KenCast Fazzt scripts, which will be provided through their website—once again, at no charge.
For additional details, please refer to the JMA. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is preparing to go live with a newer and better meteorological satellite service this year KenCast’s Fazzt Dual Node Enterprise Server will provide resilience and easy maintenance through redundant design.
The Fazzt Enterprise Server™ software with Fazzt FEC® (Forward Error Correction) drives satellite multicasting and also leverages server-side Fazzt scripting to manage and automate data delivery of HimawariCast data.
Interested recipients with the correct gear and a personal computer with the Fazzt Professional Client™ can receive the data. Fazzt client-side scripts have also been created to work in concert with JMA programs to optimally manage and display the data.
“The investment in, and cooperation on, weather data satellite systems by the USA, Japan and other countries, has been impressive and improves the world’s emergency preparedness, among other benefits,” said KenCast CEO Bill Steele.
“The U.S.’s GEONETCast Americas and Japan’s HimawariCast projects bring the global community closer together, all the while increasing safety, weather accuracy and more,” he added.
GEONETCast Americas, a service managed by NOAA, is the agency’s broadcast stream that covers the Americas. NOAA is the satellite data provider for GOES, POES and NOAA-NESDIS (National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service) atmospheric and marine data products.
The JMA’s HimawariCast service will disseminate environmental data in a large footprint for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
As with GEONETCast Americas, no registration is required and users may simply tune in to the datacast, although registration at the website is possible in order to receive updates by email.
“The JMA hopes the HimawariCast service will be widely used and contribute to disaster risk reduction in the Asia Pacific region,” said KUMAGAI Yukihiro, Satellite Program Division, JMA.
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