• Lead the transition to an Integrated Ground Enterprise based on common services
  • Produce a Transition and Sequencing Plan
  • Derive and define Level 2 Requirements
  • Create a Technical Reference Model (TRM)
  • Identify investments to develop specific services with associated performance, cost, and schedule metrics.
GEARS: Ground Enterprise Architecture Services
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OSGS leads the transformation of the NESDIS Ground Enterprise from a set of stand-alone capabilities to an Integrated Ground Enterprise based on common ground services. This is accomplished via a Concept of Operation, Architecture, and Program of investments.

  • GEARS Concept of Operation
    describes the benefits of this service-based approach through twelve use cases that illustrate the primary benefits of flexibility, responsiveness, shared resources, and cost avoidance.
  • GEARS Program
    contains the project investments that create common services and deploy them to integrate together the existing and future enterprise elements, producing the Integrated Ground Enterprise for NESDIS.
  • GEARS Architecture
    describes how the common services tie together the enterprise as well as the products and services that the enterprise delivers. As such, the GEARS Architecture is a tool to inform, guide, and assist decision-making.

For example, the figure above illustrates the business functions for enterprise ground services, creating a common business architecture on which to build out the Integrated Ground Enterprise.

The GEARS Architecture also helps OSGS to establish, manage, and communicate a common vision for the Integrated Ground Enterprise that presents the desired end-state as well as the path to achieving it.

The benefits of an Integrated Ground Enterprise include:

  • Greater operational efficiency and resilience
  • Improved quality of service
  • Accelerated deployment of capabilities


Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring System

As a result of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the Department of Commerce recommended that 15 MHz(1695-1710 MHz) of frequency spectrum used by NOAA weather satellite systems be auctioned off to commercial wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) carriers to be shared with NOAA. Effective April, 2018, wireless cell phones will operate at the same frequencies used by NOAA ground stations to receive data from weather satellites. Sixteen NOAA satellite ground stations as well as others used by the Departments of Defense and Interior were identified as requiring protection from potentially harmful radio frequency interference from cell phones once sharing is initiated.

Design, develop, test and deploy a system for 16 NOAA ground stations (and potentially DoD and DoI ground stations), as well as a centralized station, to monitor, identify and mitigate harmful radio frequency interference from wireless carriers’ LTE services where the 1695 MHz –1710 MHz band is shared between the U.S. government and wireless carriers.

The RFIMS system, once deployed, will allow commercial carriers to expand their wireless LTE systems into new territories and allow them to operate in the 1695-1710MHz frequency band without interfering with critical NOAA weather satellite operation, thereby increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the frequency spectrum.

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