scalable, and harmonized radar data processing framework incorporating 21 radars in the first stage, and – at a later stage- more than 60 national radars of different suppliers.
The combination/data fusion of weather radars of different suppliers with heterogeneous weather radar hardware and software (dual polarization, bandwidths, data formats) always poses a challenge. The inherent radar system diversity can be mitigated using a centralized radar data processing solution, which uses the radar raw data (lowest common denominator) for a seamless and harmonized data processing. The Rainbow 5 based composite solution offers semantic interoperability, standardized data formats, consolidated product processing and WEB based display using the Selex ES SmartWx software environment.
The Selex ES solution will be used to generate nationwide meteorological products such as rainfall observations, forecasts, thunderstorms, and tailored alerts on significant weather. In addition, Selex ES will deliver an interactive scientific software tool, which allows for the manual and automatic quality control of overlapping weather radars. Data converters to community standards such as ODIM_H5, netCDF or UF guarantee the flexible exchange of radar data on national and international level.
Selex ES is proud to have received this contract following an international public tender process in competition against a pool of international providers. Based on our longstanding experience in meteorological software design and development, the Rainbow 5 system (operational in more than 50 countries worldwide) fulfils all technological needs for a versatile system right across the fields of radar management, weather monitoring/nowcasting, hydrology, aviation and research.