SAT Corporation (SAT), a subsidiary of the California-based company Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., has been awarded recently with a multi-million dollar contract from SES S.A (SES) to upgrade the hardware of five satID gelocation systems currently used around the world. satID delivers an accurate, high-speed, all-in one solution for locating and recognizing sources of interference because of equipment failure, operator error, intentional jamming, and even unauthorized users.
SAT will also deliver software maintenance, upgrades and technical support for both satID and SAT”s Monics over the following five years. Monics is an enterprise of SAT’s networked carrier monitoring system utilized by the biggest satellite operators and telecommunications providers around the globe. Monics integrates hardware and software components to deliver monitoring for satellite uplink and downlink performance to allow operators to give the best signal possible. With this new development, SAT will significantly expand SES’s geolocation capacity. Moreover, it will also support additional frequency bands for host systems to boost capability by adding geolocation for signals from -L, S-n X- and Ka-band frequencies.
In a company statement, SES SVP Customer Service Delivery Chris Grogan said: “SES is please to extend the support contract with SAT for Monics and satID systems. The upgrades and support services that SAT will provide will allow SES to enhance its monitoring and geolocation systems for continued provision of advanced Quality of Service monitoring and operational support for SES customers.”
“With the growth of traffic over L, S, X and Ka band frequencies, RF interference is increasing for all satellite operators,” satID Product Manager Dan Ojennes said. “RF interference is cutting into performance and service levels and can lead to interruptions, failure to deliver content, and even long-term outages that can cause service providers to lose revenue. satID and Monics will provide SES with the ability to reduce these risks on all frequency bands and minimize the impact of interference to its customers.”
Phil Carrai, President of Kratos Technology & Training Solutions said in a statement: “This award from SES is gratifying and represents Kratos’ continued expansion in securing and assuring commercial satellite communications. Within our core focus on providing specialized products and solutions for mission critical security applications, approximately 35 percent of Kratos’ business for 2013 originates from sources other than U.S. Federal Government or DoD programs, including solutions used by SES and more than 75 percent of the world’s commercial satellite owners. Our successful relationship with SES has been longstanding and we look forward to its continuing.”