NOAA NESDIS has been operating Joint Polar Mission with the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) to provide and improve the operational meteorological and environmental forecasting and global climate monitoring services worldwide. As part of this mission, the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS), EUMETSAT and NOAA satellites are flown respectively in morning and afternoon equatorial crossing times, carrying a set of jointly provided instruments. The IJPS Communications Element (CE) currently provides international data connectivity and end equipment at Darmstadt, Germany and Suitland, Maryland. Additional equipment will provide limited backup capabilities at NOAA facilities in Wallops, Virginia. The NOC also monitors supporting program equipment at NOAA facilities in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Under this IJPS contract, ERT will provide operations and maintenance support of IJPS CE enterprise networking infrastructure; software engineering services including troubleshooting and maintenance of existing applications and the creation of new applications; and managed security services for the network management of the IJPS CE and all associated IJPS CE enterprise networking equipment to include intrusion detection, incident reporting, and notification of both system operational status/failure and/or security breaches.