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The Systems Integration Branch (SIB) provides management and regional policy for the integration, utilization, operation, and maintenance of computers, electronic weather equipment, telecommunications and facilities. The Branch manages the final phases of electronics equipment installation and provides maintenance support for radar (Profiler), satellite tracking and interrogation systems, upper air rawinsonde equipment, and surface observation instrumentation.

The Branch provides regional management of all national programs such as Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) and NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS). The Branch establishes regional procedures to implement national policy and establishes regional policy for unique regional issues in the operational systems area.

The Branch Chief serves as the liaison with the Office of Operational Systems, other regions, other agencies (Federal, State, local), private sector, media, academia, and the public; and provides regional configuration management and change management control for all operational weather systems.

The Branch provides technical guidance and expertise on technological applications of proven concepts in the acquisition, processing and dissemination of meteorological, climatological, hydrological, and related oceanographic data and in management information systems.

The Branch is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the regional satellite receiving station used to provide unique polar orbiting satellite data to users in the region. SIB administers the service contract for the regional satellite systems services. This contract provides near real time satellite data for Alaska region internal and external customers.

The Branch has three major program areas, the Facilities Maintenance Program, the Electronics Maintenance Program, and the Information Technology Management Program.

Facilities Maintenance Program — The facilities maintenance program maintains and supports existing facilities including offices, housing, and other equipment buildings.

The facilities program manager provides support for the maintenance and construction of all regional facilities to house employees, equipment, and service programs, and is responsible for the Regional Occupational Safety and Health program.

The facilities program manager establishes regional procedures to implement national policy and establishes regional policy to address unique regional issues. The facilities program manager is responsible for the following:

(1) providing ongoing maintenance of existing houses, offices, and structures through services contracts and use of the regional facility maintenance staff. The facilities maintenance staff, under the supervision of the maintenance mechanic supervisor, performs maintenance and upgrades to facilities across the region.

(2) managing special projects such as renovations and relocations;

(3) providing regional engineering support. e.g. maintenance of engineering drawings, doing market research for facilities solutions.

Electronics Maintenance Program — The electronics maintenance program has responsibility for full lifecycle management and maintenance of data acquisition and data dissemination systems.

The Branch is responsible for establishing regional procedures to implement national policy and establishing regional policy for unique regional issues in the electronics maintenance area. It is the responsibility of the SIB Chief to provide program management and supervision of Alaska Electronics Maintenance Unit.

Electronics Maintenance Unit (EMU) — the electronics maintenance staff, under the supervision of the Area Electronics Supervisor (AES), has the primary maintenance responsibility for the equipment at each remote Weather Service Office (WSO) and other remote sites assigned to the unit. These stations include the entire state, except northern and southeastern Alaska, whose maintenance is performed by the electronics maintenance staff at the Fairbanks and Juneau Weather Forecast Office's (WFO).

The EMU is responsible for the repair, maintenance, installation, removal, and relocation of all electronic and electromechanical equipment in Southcentral and Western Alaska. The EMU electronic technicians travel extensively to accomplish this maintenance.

Major systems under maintenance by the EMU electronics staff include ART-2 upper air observing systems, ASOS weather observing systems, a number of other regionally supported weather and river observing platforms, including Wind profilers used for observing high elevation winds. Product dissemination systems under maintenance include NOAA Weather Radio, HF and VHF radio transceivers.

Information Technology Management — The Branch is responsible for establishing regional procedures to implement national policy and for establishing regional policy for unique regional issues in the information technology management and maintenance areas. It is the responsibility of the SIB Chief to provide program management and supervision of the regional IT program. The following staff and unit provide the IT support for the region.

Regional Telecommunications — The Regional Telecommunications manager, under the direction of SIB chief, provides the telecommunications services, management, and program support for the region. This includes ensuring compliance with all Radio Frequency license requirements for all operational systems used throughout the region.

Web Services, Applications Development, and Office Automation — IT specialists, under the direction of the SIB chief, provide the regional web farm support, software applications development (including regional web applications), and office automation support (systems and applications) for the regional headquarters, EMU, and all of the remote WSOs throughout the state.

Advanced Weather Information Processing System (AWIPS) — The Regional AWIPS analyst serves as the regional expert in AWIPS operations for the region. This includes providing critical support in the test and deployment of all AWIPS software loads and patches. The regional analyst shares the lessons learned from these "pathfinder-type" installations with all regional offices to help minimize the impacts during system upgrades. The analyst also provides the required operational AWIPS support required for the CWSU as well as AWIPS system performance monitoring.

Computer Management Unit (CMU) — The CMU staff is responsible for providing IT systems support for the regional computers, computer networks and other IT systems.

The CMU staff, under the supervision of the Computer Program manager, has the primary responsibility for equipment and systems supported at the Regional level. The CMU helps establish regional procedures to implement national policy, and to establish regional policy to address unique regional issues.

The CMU manages the transmission of data and products to and from the NWS Telecommunications Gateway, WSO, WFO, intranet and internet, and external customers. This includes managing and maintaining the network systems connecting the Alaska region Headquarters to our WFOs, WSOs, Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU), and other partner agencies. The CMU also provides internet and intranet web support, information systems security, and the complete life cycle management of operational systems from procurement to disposal.