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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C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. announced that European satellite operator Eutelsat has given type approval for operation of C-COM’s iNetVu Ka-75V mobile auto-deploying antenna system with the Eutelsat’s KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite and the NewsSpotter service. The iNetVu Ka-75V product is the first vehicle-mounted antenna system to get type approval from Eutelsat.
NewsSpotter provides mobile satellite Internet connectivity throughout Europe, North Africa, and a significant percentage of the Middle East. The service is integrated for the workflows of modern newsgathering operations and can transmit up to 20Mbps of High Definition and Standard Definition live video.
In mere minutes, the NewsSpotter satellite dish and terminal can be deployed, auto pointed, and then connect to the KA-SAT platform, ensuring a fast link from scene to screen. News crews can log-on to the Eutelsat operating portal and reserve satellite Internet bandwidth online through a self-booking application. They can also opt to prebook bandwidth for future use and guaranteed reservations.
C-COM and Eutelsat’s System Integration Team worked closely together for the past six months to ensure iNetVu Ka-75V was fully compatible with KA-SAT modems and that it would have a proper interface with the iNetVu controller. In addition, they were pleased to report that the iNetVu system has passed the Autopointing Verification Test -an important part of Eutelsat’s ESOG-1 Module 260 requirements- and the RF performance testing with flying colors.
C-COM also created a unique roaming feature for NewsSpotter. The company’s iNetVu system has an autopointing system that detects the KA-SAT beam frequency (color codes) based on GPS location and directs the modem to use the new beam. This frees the end user from having to perform any manual inputs during normal operations.
C-COM has already begun full-scale product of the iNetVu Ka-75V system. A number of the mobile antenna systems have been delivered to European resellers.