Functioning as the Primary Gateway to the National Weather Service Through the Collection and Distribution of Critical Weather Data and NOTAMs
The Weather Message Switching Center Replacement (WMSCR) system was the first Harris FAA program, awarded in 1988. WMSCR was an important element of NAS Plan modernization. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Atlanta, Georgia, the system collected and distributed weather data and NOTAMs to NAS users. It functioned as the primary gateway to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction—the principal source of NWS products for the NAS.
Provided implementation of ISO and CCITT standards for X.25, system fault tolerance, weather message traffic/switching, and fault tolerant database management
Provided high reliability, maintainability, and availability through system and geographic redundancy
Each dual site had a backup processor for failover
Data coordinated between sites to prevent data loss
Included COTS hardware and COTS/NDI software integration