GST is a leading provider of low-cost weather data and satellite data processing systems. GST's systems are installed worldwide in support of both public and aviation meteorology.
DirectMet®2 is GST's second generation satellite data capture, display, and analysis system. The DirectMet®2 processing system interfaces with different back-end systems, including Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) ground stations, a GeoNetCast-Americas (GNC-A) ground station, or the Cloud (delivery of data via Internet from DirectMet Cloud) – any of which can be delivered turn-key by GST.
DirectMet®2 is built with high quality components for reliability and durability. All ingest, data processing, and analysis are performed on a single workstation with extensibility to external workstations and web browsers. DirectMet®2 is network-ready for automatic dissemination of high-quality products with Internet compatibility.
- Ingest of GOES Rebroadcast (GRB) datasets via direct readout platform for Level 1B Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Level 2B Global Lightning Mapper (GLM) products.
- Optional ingest capabilities for space weather products
- Optional ingest configuration for GOES Variable (GVAR) ground system, GNC-A ground system, DirectMet Cloud, or remote file servers
- Effective handling and storage of large volumes of satellite data
- Automatic production of incoming GOES direct readout imagery; imagery format suitable for dissemination to Internet or publication
- Native satellite view and different map projections, defined by user for operations
- Creation of additional Level 2 data products
Visualization and Analysis
- Expandable and customizable overlay database, including regional sectors
- User-defined image enhancement curves and color tables
- Annotation tools (drawing toolkit) and Analysis Tools for tropical cyclone
- Support for multiple data formats (e.g. GeoTIFF, PNG, JPEG) for dissemination to third-party geographical information systems (GIS) or other external systems (social media, websites)
DirectMet® Cloud™ is a web-based, customized satellite data acquisition service, offered by GST. DirectMet® Cloud™ provides access to customized Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) EAST imagery without the cost of obtaining a complete ground station. With DirectMet Cloud™, the user can obtain GOES EAST imagery on a regular schedule directly to the user's PC and/or WAFS-METLAB2™ workstation. Through this service, the user has a subscription and license to receive imagery that is provided on a customized production cycle. Projections can be customized to the user's geographic area of interest for close up view and analysis.
WAFS-METLAB2™ is GST's second-generation weather data processing system that is an exciting way to visualize and process weather information. The WAFS-METLAB2™ workstation is independent of any data source and can be installed standalone or used in a client/server configuration. The workstation integrates many sources of government and commercially-available data, including World Area Forecast System (WAFS), Global Telecommunication System (GTS), and Aircraft Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN). The workstation also can ingest data from Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) networks and GeoNetCast-Americas (GNC-A). WAFS-METLAB2™ is fully compliant to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 3 requirements.
WAFS-METLAB2™ is built with a robust data collection module that acquires WAFS data (WIFS, GIFS, SADIS) from file servers. Modules include alphanumeric data, numerical models, DIFAX, SigWx, time series, time profile, thermodynamic profile, and vertical cross-sections. Optional modules are added for satellite (including DirectMet®2), radar, and lightning. The workstation has functionality for overlays, folders, draw, alerts, print, and animation to visualize finished products. Users can create side-by-side comparisons of data products and then easily switch to alternate views that contain auto-updating product windows. Users can quickly change window configurations for different sector views as well as monitor conditions and imagery with automatic data updates. The emphasis on automatic product updating in display windows aids in monitoring changes in weather or flight conditions. Users can also personalize alerts and alarms (notifications).
BriefNet™ is a companion subsystem added to WAFS-METLAB2™ for automatic chart production, web access, and web briefings. BriefNet is the data processing and production engine that serves in-house analysis and then extends it to additional users who can be internal or external. BriefNet™ includes a module for on-demand production of flight folders or general briefings, which can be produced on demand for authorized users.
BriefNet™ includes webpages for Local Weather, Browse Weather, and Get Briefing. Local Weather is a webpage customized for the users to obtain latest observations and forecasts, including relevant charts. Browse Weather is a collection of all charts produced for viewing. Get Briefing is flight documentation on demand, which includes a collection of produced charts and en-route aerodrome data.