Cobham SATCOM is paving the road for its new EXPLORER 710 BGAN satellite terminal at the NAB 2013 conference. Slated for a September 2013 release, the Cobham satellite communications product guarantees QoS to deliver the speediest on-demand video streaming through satellite connectivity.
The EXPLORER 710 is the most compact and lightweight Class 1 BGAN terminal in the world. It is also the first platform that comes standard with new high data rate streaming capabilities, as well as new features such as the ability to use Ethernet to bond the signals from multiple terminals. Broadcasters will be able to boost the quality of mobile outside broadcasting with this product.
The Cobham platform allows Smart Phone apps to access BGAN satellite connectivity. With EXPLORER 710, users will be able to connect their own devices for voice calling and satellite Internet connectivity.
EXPLORER 710 will leverage the new high-speed data streaming service that Inmarsat plans to introduce in Q3 2013. The combination promises streaming rates of more than 650kbps straight out of the box.
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The Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of Japan now possesses the world’s first helicopter satellite communications system, the HSA40, courtesy of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Tokyo branch of its distributor, Seiryo Electric Company.
Seiryo has installed an airborne station aboard the Kyoto City Fire Department’s helicopter. Base stations have been installed at the Kyoto City Fire Department in Kyoto and FDMA in Tokyo.
The HSA40 satcom system is projected to start operations in early April 2013. The FDMA will use it to gather information on disaster areas to support the rapid deployment of emergency-response measures.
The FDMA currently gathers critical information through its Heli-TV system, where a helicopter directly transmits TV signals directly to a terrestrial relay station. The older communications system often needs an operating relay station in the proximity of the disaster area, and its transmissions can be disrupted by buildings or mountains.
In comparison, the HSA40 helicopter satellite communication system facilitates the reliable real-time transmission of aerial video and voice data from a helicopter to any base station in Japan via satellite.
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Satcom Direct is integrating the Exinda Mobile platform into the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). The first Satcom hardware product, the SDR can serve as a Wi-Fi access point on an airplane. The Exinda Mobile platform, which is integrated into the SDR, will enhance the data user experience for aircraft passengers by improving the consistency and response time of Internet applications.
Business professionals, executives, and government officials are spending more and more time traveling aboard aircraft. This led to the spread of the ‘office in the sky’ mindset, the corresponding need for constant connectivity during flights, and the desire for in-flight Internet user experience equal to the quality found in terrestrial offices. SDR aims to deliver such an enhanced in-flight Internet experience via the integrated Exinda Mobile platform.
Exinda is the sole solution currently available on the market that can apply collaborative caching and apply traffic acceleration according to the location of the user. It does not need extra hardware or reconfiguration of the entire satellite communications network in order to improve the performance of applications.
The Exinda Mobile platform enables faster applications, improves remote collaboration, saves massive amounts of bandwidth, and provides high-speed connectivity and a reliable experience for users regardless of location.
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The vanguard of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc.’s new generation of Ka-band Flyaway Antennas made its debut at the Satellite 2013 exhibition held in Washington, DC.
The new iNetVu FLY-75V model is a Ka-band Flyaway Antenna that measures 75cm. The new satellite antenna was designed so that a single person can transport, assemble, and disassemble it within 10 minutes. It can be fitted into a pair of rugged, lightweight cases for easy transportation and does not require any tools for assembly.
Using the proprietary iNetVu controller, the fully automated iNetVu FLY-75V satellite antenna can locate a satellite mere minutes after deployment with just the press of a button. Commercial Ka-band satellite broadband service users -like Viasat Exede in North America nd Eutelsat Tooway KaSat in Europe- will be able to automatically acquire satellite locks using the new C-Com product.
The new iNetVu platform is flexible, easy to configure, and can be scaled to support a number of small-size Ka-band antennas prevalent amongst the Ka-band services emerging across the world. The pedestal drive is motorized and is almost completely free of backlash, and the FLY-75V’s high-pointing accuracy has raised the bar for the auto-deploy antenna industry.
C-Com plans to offer the Fly-75V product to Ka-band market verticals that use high bandwidth applications and need to be quickly deployed in the field by personnel who know little about antenna pointing. These verticals include disaster recovery, emergency services, and satellite news gathering.
Glowlink has begun offering SAMS, its new NexGen tool for satellite capacity and link planning.
SAMS can be used by satellite traffic planners to sort out satellite communications traffic, execute link budget analysis, and optimize space assets to fulfill objectives regarding data throughput and link performance. An additional benefit of the Glowlink product is that it costs only a faction of the price of comparable planning products.
Both fixed and mobile networks will be able to use SAMS. The program is compatible with aeronautical and maritime satellite networks. It is easy to use and employs a graphical and intuitive point-and-click interface, allowing users to plan traffic links and predict their performance on a link-by-link or network-wide basis.
SAMS can serve on its own as a link planning tool. It can also be integrated with Glowlink’s carrier monitoring systems to create an end-to-end, all inclusive network planning/management operation.
Furthermore, SAMS can add real-time carrier measurements into the refinement and assessment of planned traffic. All it takes to load a spectrum plan into the monitoring system is a single mouse click, and then the user can verify the performance of the planned traffic.
SAMS is a true turn-key, plug-and-play solution. Glowlink will include a SAMS Server and an integrated SAMS workstation with its tool.
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STM Group, the European Space Agency, and the Norwegian Space Centre are embarking on a project that will develop an integrated TDM/TDMA satellite Hub modem with very high-throughput speeds.
According to the announcement by STM, the final product will fit in a a compact 1U rack-mountable unit. The new satellite modem will enable 350 Mbps of IP throughput over DVB-S2 forward carriers and achieve symbol rates up to 200 Msps (Mega-symbols per second.) It will also support 64APSK modulation and other DVB-S2 extensions that DVB is currently standardizing.
Furthermore, the new STM modem will be able to handle burst demodulation for multiple DVB-RCS2 return carriers (maximum of 64 simultaneous unit) that are using ACM per burst to achieve an IP throughput of 150 Mbps.
An integrated Network Control Center (NCC) function will be built into the hardware platform, allowing the STM satellite modem to schedule TDMA return link bursts and track burst performance for a maximum of 10,000 active VSAT systems.
According to Helge Fanebust, Chief Technology Officer of STM, each rack unit of the new Hub modem can achieve a total throughput of 500 Mbps. This high throughput vastly exceeds the performance and density of competing satellite Hubs and will be of great benefit to VSAT networks that will use the High-Throughput Satellites. The compact Hub will also be suitable for smaller Hubs because of its smaller physical footprint and lower total cost of ownership.
A multinational satellite product and communications engineering company based in the United States and Europe, STM Group Inc. enables access to satellite broadband in central, urban, and remote regions of the world. The Company ‘s SatLink brand offers a complete selection of IP-based satellite network systems compliant with DVB-RCS & DVB-RCS2 standards and capable of operating in all frequency bands. STM products and services enable a broad range of IP based applications and see global service with consumers in the terrestrial, on-the-move, and maritime communication sectors.
Globecomm Maritime recently rolled out its new service, Access Chat Plus — an optimized chat and video conferencing service specifically designed for maritime satellite communications. Access Chat Plus allows maritime users to make video calls and chat live via satellite using only a fraction of the data and at a competitive price of shore side applications.
The new service from Globecomm also offers instant messaging and voice calling, same as its predecessor, Access Chat, but with the addition of video conferencing. The company offers both versions of the service in various price ranges for corporate and crew use, with customized pricing available when the service is bundled with Globecomm’s airtime service contracts.
In a company statement, Globecomm SVP for Sales & Marketing Trevor Whitworth said: “Demand for video conferencing and instant messaging has experienced rapid growth, but while land-based users have become accustomed to its convenience, shipboard staff need tools that are designed for the constraints of satellite communications. Voice and video conferencing applications use a great deal of bandwidth and that makes it very expensive for seafarers. We identified the need for a tool that gives ships the same functionality but keeps cost under control.”
Both services from Globecomm Maritime are very “light” applications when it comes to setup and data usage. Access Chat and Access Chat Plus are no more than 1Mb in size, and can be easily installed on any Android device or in Windows, with an Apple OS version scheduled to be released on the second quarter of 2013.
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