All Cimel Automatic Sun photometers (SP) are separated by 3 main groups:
- SP connected to Data Collection Platforms (DCP)
- SP connected to PC that can go online
- SP not connected.
Group 1 sends the data automatically to 4 Satellites: GOES East, GOES West, Meteosat and GMS using DCP. Data are transferred from satellites to our processing server via several receiving stations: DAPS at NOAA facility in Wallops, Va., Eumetsat in Darmstadt, Germany, and Vitel receiving station at Pacific Tsunami Warning center in Ewa Beach, HI.
Group 2 automatically uploads the data to a PC using Cimel’s program astpwin.exe.
PC can be set up to submit the data to our processing server either automatically (usually every day) or the data can be submitted manually.
Group 3 needs to be periodically visited and data has to be collected and submitted manually.