Gcom Helps Send Weather Data From U.S. Airports to the World

SAVOY, ILLINOIS March 5, 2007 – An Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) measures and collects critical weather data, broadcasts the data in voice format, and transmits the data in digital format.

For all federal U.S. airports, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

  • Buys and maintains AWOS equipment.
  • Transmits the digital data to its National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN), which then disseminates it to many constituencies, including Flight Service Stations, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and commercial outlets such as the Weather Channel.

For non-federal U.S. airports, state, local, and private organizations can buy and maintain their own AWOS equipment; however, reaping the economic and safety benefits of transmitting the digital data to NADIN is difficult because NADIN is a closed X.25 network with carefully controlled access points.

Mackinac Software’s mission: Provide non-federal airports an economical, flexible, secure, and reliable connection between their AWOS equipment and NADIN.

Mission accomplished! Mackinac Software's anyAWOS Weather Nexus:

  • Uses the Gcom® Second Generation Protocol Appliance (GPA 2G) to relay AWOS information to NADIN.
  • Recently passed all required FAA certification tests.
  • Will soon connect to NADIN via an FAA-controlled access point in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"The GPA 2G is a powerful and flexible protocol conversion solution that can address both legacy and IP end-user devices in an IP or legacy network, providing a migration path that accommodates all timetables and wallets," said Dave Grothe, founder and CEO of Gcom, Inc.

"The Gcom appliance allows our software to be independent of the underlying protocol, and will allow an easy transition from X.25 to IP when the time comes," confirmed Marilyn Wulfekuhler, CEO of Mackinac Software, LLC.

About Gcom

Since 1979, Gcom (www.gcom.com) has been designing and developing the industry's most advanced data communications software packages. Gcom's original offering to the market was in the form of source code licenses for data communications protocol implementations. Beginning in 1996, Gcom made the transition from a supplier of source code to a supplier of bundled data communications hardware and software products.

Gcom remains committed to its original goal of developing affordable, high-performance communications software and helping customers take advantage of its benefits. Gcom's customer base now includes OEMs, systems integrators, data communications equipment manufacturers, network providers, government contractors, and large end users around the world, such as VISA International, MasterCard, Motorola, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Weather Service.

For more information, visit the Gcom web site (www.gcom.com) or contact the company at (866) 351-4241. Gcom, Inc., 1800 Woodfield Drive, Savoy, IL 61874

About Mackinac Software, LLC

For more information, visit the anyAWOS web site at https://www.anyawos.com/index.html.