WxProc is an APT Weather Satellite image processing engine designed from
the ground up with future technology in mind. The main processing engine
is based around the core design used in the Anticyclone Systems
WxWatch software and as such it able to
import images in this format as well as others graphics formats such as GIF
The original WxWatch system is
designed to run on specific hardware but the new WxProc software has been
entirely realised in pure Sun Microsystems Java code. This means that the
WxProc is not restricted to running on a single platform and can instead be
executed on hand held computers to mainframes.
Java also offers a unique opportunity to expand WxProc to become
extremely network aware and it would be relatively easy to integrate the
package with other applications which don't even need to be running on
the same machine. Applications could include integration of
meteorological data overlaid on imagery, automated collection of data
directly from the internet (e.g. satellite element sets) and complete
remote operation of the package.
The WxProc APT engine already supports:-
WxWatch look and feel which
means you get proven ease of use.
Loading of WxWatch APT
Loading of other graphic files supported by the Java 2 media
Support for arbitrary sized images in memory which are not
effected by display operations.
Advanced channel combination logic which allows for part
mixing of channels (e.g. 30% of A, 70% of B)
GUI based contrast stretching with automated presets and a
Fast user selected projected displays including Linear,
Mercator,Polar-Stereographic (both north and south).
Very easy to use display zooming features even on projected
displays. Support for 'Zoom Out'
User defined overlay gridding to 1, 2, 5, 10 and 15 degree
Map overlays in any projection.
Ability to add 'symbols' over an image. WxProc already
supports user text and current/fixed user position symbols.
Point and click interface to allow alterations to any
Code hooks already in for MET symbols and weather fronts as
supported in WxWatch.
WxProc does not alter the image in memory while the user performs image
processing operations (e.g. contrast stretching, channel combinations,
etc). This is an important feature shared with WxWatch which could be exploited to allow
more than one user access to a single image in memory.
WxProc does not support a native APT decode system as this may be
added at any time to support the specific hardware requirements of the
APT image reception system a customer wishes to use.
There are no hidden costs in the design as all software is developed
in house without having to licence any third party code. The graphics
features in the program for example are hosted under Java's native
graphics interface without the requirement for GUI type graphics
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