GPS Receivers

SCINTEC is a software system created to monitor and generate real time maps of ionospheric scintillation and total electron content (TEC). SCINTEC is capable to assimilate ground-based GPS receiver data through the use of relational data base management system. SCINTEC also incorporates data mining and artificial intelligence tools to be used in ionospheric scintillation and magnetic storm predictions. All these resources are intended to be available on line on this WEB site.

SCINTEC is aimed to generate maps over the Brazilian territory. TEC maps over Brazil will be generated from International GNSS Service (IGS) and Continuous Monitoring Brazilian Network (RBMC) dual-frequency GPS receiver data network. The latter is managed by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

SCINTEC will also be integrated with the Low-Latitude Ionosphere Sensor Network (LISN) in order to provide, for the scientific community, scintillation and TEC real time maps over South America. This is part of an extensive project of collaboration and interaction between American South Cone researchers.

SCINTEC has been developed by the INPE’s GPS group and supported by The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), a research foundation sited at São Paulo state, Brazil.