XRIT Ingester Software

Dartcom XRIT Ingester software
Dartcom XRIT Ingester software

File acquisition settings tab
File acquisition settings tab

Output settings tab
Output settings tab

Dartcom iDAP image output settings window
Dartcom iDAP image output settings window

PCI Geomatica output settings window
PCI Geomatica output settings window

Map overlay settings window
Map overlay settings window

Ingest software for LRIT, HRIT, SAF and GOES ABI level 1b data from EUMETCast, HimawariCast, MSG, GOES, COMS-1 and Electro services.

The Dartcom XRIT Ingester software is supplied as part of the Dartcom LRIT/HRIT System. It automatically ingests, decrypts, decompresses, archives and outputs LRIT and HRIT data from geostationary satellites.

Images can be automatically processed and animated using the Dartcom MacroPro software, then displayed and manipulated further using the Dartcom iDAP software.

Features of the XRIT Ingester software inclu­­­de:

  • Handling of all LRIT, HRIT, SAF and GOES ABI level 1b data from EUMETCast, HimawariCast, GOES, COMS-1 and Electro.
  • Fully automatic ingest, output and archiving.
  • Multi-threaded for simultaneous ingest from different services.
  • Windows 10 and 64-bit compatible.
  • Image previews with map overlays and position read-outs.
  • Output of image data as Dartcom iDAP images, navigated and calibrated where possible, and with vector map overlays.
  • Output of image data in PCI Geomatica, ERDAS IMAGINE, ENVI/IDL and GeoTIFF formats.
  • Output of text and binary data via serial port or TCP/IP socket.
  • Full diagnostics facilities with on-screen and email alarms.
  • Designed to comply with CGMS and EUMETSAT ground station specifications for implementation and timeliness.

General features

  • Automatic ingest and output of all LRIT, HRIT, SAF and GOES ABI level 1b data available from EUMETCast, HimawariCast, GOES, COMS-1 and Electro services, with no user intervention required after configuration.
  • Multi-threaded, layered architecture allowing simultaneous ingest from different services and scaling to multiple processors.
  • Comprehensive software user guide and help system.

File acquisition

  • Automatic data transfer from Dartcom USB LRIT and LRIT/HRIT receivers followed by Reed-Solomon decoding, derandomisation and file assembly.
  • Automatic file acquisition from DVB software for EUMETCast and HimawariCast.
  • Archiving of acquired raw files covering up to 7 days.
  • Filtering by service, file type, data type and product, allowing unwanted data to be discarded collectively or selectively.

Decryption and decompression

  • Automatic decryption of encrypted files via hardware or software decryptor (supplied separately by service provider if required) with archiving of decrypted files covering up to 7 days.
  • Automatic decompression of compressed files with archiving covering up to 366 days, structured in folders by data type, date and time if required.

Outputs

  • Automatic preview creation, with map overlays and geographical position read-outs on image previews.
  • Output of image data as single plane (greyscale) or multi-plane (false colour) Dartcom iDAP images, navigated and calibrated where possible, with area selection, sub-sampling by factor or to a specific size, enhancement and vector map overlays.
  • Reprojection and output of image data in PCI Geomatica, ERDAS IMAGINE, ENVI/IDL and GeoTIFF formats.
  • Output of image data as PGM files, with 8-bit or 16-bit data and header files for third-party software.
  • Output of GOES EMWIN data via serial port or TCP/IP socket for processing using software such as Weather Message.
  • Output of text data (such as service messages) and binary data via email, serial port or TCP/IP socket.
  • Archiving of output data files covering up to 366 days.

Monitoring and diagnostics

  • Detailed activity logging, on-screen alarms and email alarms.
  • Monitoring of storage space and breaks in data reception.