There are several manufacturers producing Data Collection Platform (DCP) Radio Transmitters that are used for an increasing range of applications.
Whenever a new or modified DCP radio transmitter is ready for the market it must first be certified for use in the Data Collection System (DCS), i.e. it must undergo a series of tests to ensure that it is both technically and operationally compatible with the Meteosat system and the other geostationary meteorological satellites. EUMETSAT is responsible for the certification process for the Meteosat system.
Once a DCP has achieved type certification, it may be marketed without the need for further certification tests, provided the design is not altered in any way and that the DCP assembly as a whole meets the specified performance standards.
In the event that any modifications or design changes are made which might affect the performance of the equipment the manufacturer of the DCP transmitter must reapply for certification. In certain circumstances, a full re-certification may not be deemed necessary and this will be at the discretion of EUMETSAT. A full set of documentation covering the changes and modifications must be provided so this assessment can be made.
DCP Radio Transmitter Certification Process
Any manufacturer contemplating certification should read TD 16 - Meteosat Data Collection and Distribution Service (PDF, 1 MB).
If you are a manufacturer and would like to register for certification then please see the Registration for DCP Certification (PDF, 65 KB)..