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Does Satellite Have a Role in IoT?

denis-mediumBy Denis Sutherland, Director of Business Development, iDirect

One of my first experiences with satellite communications was 22 years ago connecting weather sensors to a central sever. Today, such a project would fall under the broad category of Internet of Things. But at the time, it was simply just using the right technology for the project—and that technology was VSAT.

Why did we use VSAT? You see, the weather sensors were located in war-torn Bosnia, where telecoms infrastructure was sparse. The task at hand involved collecting wind speed, rainfall, and other measurement data, which needed to be sent back to the Met Office in the UK for processing with other relevant data. From there, it was delivered back to the Bosnia headquarters in the form of weather forecast products for the RAF mission planners and pilots, allowing flights to be conducted safely.

This was indeed an early example of VSAT being used to collect data from “things” for purposes of making better decisions. And today, while the debate around whether satellite has a role in the Internet of Things continues to heat up, I look back on this as an early proof point that it certainly has a role—and a very valuable one at that.

The Answer to Satellite IoT

Recently I spoke the GVF Connectivity Conference, The question I asked at the recent GVF Connectivity conference was: “Is there a role for VSAT in IoT?”

One of the audience members asked a question about low powered radio networks on land. This limits the amount of opportunity for satellite on land to be aggregation points. However, that is not the whole story. In fact, the opportunity for the telecommunications industry is substantial. Read More

Avanti Sees Healthy Revenue Growth While Prepping for Hylas 3 and 4

From Via Satellite

Avanti Communications increased its revenue by 27.7 percent during the company’s second quarter, bringing in $17.3 million and increasing revenue for the first half of its financial year to $31 million total. The company released its Q2 earnings results Feb. 4, reaffirming the goal of 50 percent growth in continuing revenue on a constant currency basis in the full 2016 financial year.

Avanti has three satellites in orbit today: Hylas 1 at 33.5 degrees west, Hylas 2 at 31 degrees east, and Artemis at 21.5 degrees east; and two more under construction. The Hylas 3 hosted payload from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) is scheduled to launch aboard the European Data Relay Satellite C (EDRS C), and Hylas 4, announced in August 2014 is under construction by Orbital ATK. Currently, Avanti expects Hylas 4 to launch first, in the first quarter of 2017. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) is presently declaring a mid-2017 launch for the OHB Systems AG-built EDRS C with Hylas 3. Continue>

Satcom Global Grows Maritime Product Portfolio with AND Group

From Via Satellite

Satcom Global has added safety and security products for the marine and offshore market, along with a range of enhanced engineering services to its portfolio, following a full rebrand of sister company AND Group. Now under the Satcom Global brand, AND Group brings its exclusive supply relationships with marine equipment manufacturers including Bosch Security, Autronica Fire and Security, FHF, Cobham Satcom and Furuno.

Going forward, Satcom Global will offer equipment for fire and gas detection, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for safe and hazardous areas, as well as Public Address/General Alarm (PAGA) systems from brands such as Zenitel and Industronic. Satcom Global’s communications portfolio also receives a boost with new lines such as robust fixed telephones for explosive atmospheres, more traditional radio products, navigation equipment including sonars and radars and entertainment systems such as Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)-based satellite TV. The company can also offer bespoke anti-piracy solutions for discreet vessel safety. Continue>

Telstra Going With Beam Communications Built Iridium GO!

From Satnews

Beam Communications has announced Telstra will sell the innovative Iridium GO!® nationally throughout Australia, starting immediately.

Beam Communications, a wholly own subsidiary of ASX listed World Reach Limited (ASX: WWR), designed and manufactures the product under an OEM arrangement for Iridium Communications Inc.

“Powered by the world’s furthest reaching network, the Iridium GO!® is a compact, rugged and portable device that provides global voice calling and SMS solutions and enhanced messaging and email  capabilities through optimised apps for any Android or iOS device,” Beam Communications CEO Michael Capocchi said. “A major benefit of the Australian designed Iridium GO!® is it enables satellite connectivity to the Iridium satellite network for mobile devices where terrestrial networks do not provide coverage or when they may become unavailable. Simply flip up the integrated antenna and the battery-powered unit connects quickly and automatically to the Iridium low-Earth orbit satellite constellation to extend the functionality of the mobile devices. It’s possible to connect and operate up to five devices within this area using the Iridium GO!® application on each device.“ Continue>

Via Satellite Interviews Yuri Prokhorov, Director-General, RSCC

From Via Satellite

Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) had a busy year in 2015, having launched new satellites that brought the company to new international markets while simultaneously ramping up available capacity to Russia. With the launches of Express AM8 in September 2015, and Express AMU1 in December that same year, the company branched out into Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. RSCC also increased new Ka-band services and began offering more services for broadband, corporate communications, Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) and broadcasting.

The Russian economy has had some well-publicized struggles, which did impact RSCC, as have launch failures with the Proton rocket. However RSCC continues to grow and expand. More recently, the company has begun considering satellites in High Elliptical Orbits (HEO). In an interview with Via Satellite, Yuri Prokhorov, director general at RSCC discussed the company’s recent investments, market strategies and goals going forward.

Via Satellite: RSCC signed new partnerships with RSC Energia in 2015 and had new talks with China Great Wall Industry Corporation in 2014. Should we expect to see more partnerships, both domestic and international, from RSCC this year?

Prokhorov: In accordance with the Russian Federation legislation, RSCC is purchasing space equipment under the transparent tender procedures — any manufacturer may participate in RSCC tenders and we demonstrate an open policy in terms of building perspective schemes of cooperation. This year we are planning to launch some open tenders aimed at both developing the ground infrastructure and manufacturing new satellites. Continue>

Cobham SATCOM Develops Smallest and Lightest Inmarsat UAV Satcom Solution

From Satnews

Cobham SATCOM has developed the smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution—the 1.45kg AVIATOR UAV 200.Redefining UAV satcom connectivity by integrating all components into one compact lightweight unit, the new system delivers Inmarsat Class 4 SwiftBroadband services in a low-SWAP package which is 76 percent lighter than existing comparable products on the market.

The AVIATOR UAV 200 has been introduced by Cobham to significantly enhance a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (TUAV) performance, range and payload capability by enabling operators to take advantage of the higher speed connectivity from today’s satellite networks.

A cost-effective solution, the AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers greater operational flexibility for TUAVs in a number of applications, including military, border security enforcement, public safety, commercial use and scientific research.

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said, “We are very pleased to introduce this revolutionary new solution for tactical UAVs, as it will provide these widely-used aircraft with a number of benefits for the first time and open up important opportunities within different applications in the field. Continue>

Partnerships Developed By Airbus Defence & Space For APAC Region MILSATCOM

From Satnews

Airbus Defence and Space is working with local service providers to develop new partnerships to deliver highly resilient Skynet military satellite communication services to the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, following the successful completion of Skynet 5A satellite move from 6 degrees East to 95 degrees East to provide global X-band and UHF coverage in this region.

Airbus Defence and Space has signed an agreement with CopaSAT to become a new channel partner for Skynet services, primarily using the relocated Skynet 5A satellite. CopaSAT will be offering Skynet services as part of a proven and assured portfolio to their US customers delivering innovative network services that combine the affordability, operational utility and scalability required to meet the complex scenarios experienced in global security and humanitarian operations.

Last year, Airbus Defence and Space worked with CopaSAT, and its terminal partner Tampa Microwave, to conduct a series of successful network tests using the Skynet 5A X-band satellite. CopaSAT teams, using CopaSAT’s teleport infrastructure and Tampa Microwave’s remote manpack and fly-away terminals, as well as various other small terminals, conducted end-to-end testing to confirm operation of an entire network and the performance of Skynet 5A at the new orbital slot. Continue>

Michel de Rosen Selected as Satellite Executive of the Year

From Via Satellite

In 2009, when Eutelsat was a regional operator looking for its place in the satellite world, Michel de Rosen became the company’s CEO. Since then, de Rosen has built Eutelsat to be a truly global powerhouse with a strong presence in Latin America and Asia, and has been at the forefront of technology changes, constantly pushing the envelope in areas such as electric propulsion and small satellites, to name but two.

”In his six years at the helm of Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen has transformed Eutelsat from a semi-regional operator to a more global operator than ever before. He has had a huge impact, not just on Eutelsat, but the industry as a whole. But, his influence goes beyond the numbers, and the global expansion. De Rosen has been one of the driving forces behind the satellite industry mobilizing itself ahead of WRC-2015. He has left an indelible mark on the industry, and thanks to a number of factors, he was chosen for our Satellite Executive of the Year for 2015.”

-Mark Holmes, Editorial Director and Program Chair, Via Satellite

For almost 30 years, Via Satellite magazine has been honoring the satellite executives who have made a lasting business impact on the global satellite market during the previous calendar year. Continue>

Panasonic Sees The Advantage In Telesat’s New Telstar 12 VANTAGE Satellite

From Satnews

Telesat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) announced today that Panasonic has signed another multi-year contract for Telesat satellite capacity. In this latest agreement, Panasonic has contracted for nearly all the high throughput satellite (HTS) Ku-band capacity covering the Mediterranean, Europe and Middle East on Telesat’s new Telstar 12 VANTAGE.

Telstar 12 VANTAGE became fully operational at 15 degrees West in December 2015 and will provide Panasonic with HTS capacity over key aero routes from Western Europe to the Middle East enabling them to bring the very latest in in-flight Wi-Fi to carriers across the region. Panasonic will also be using the HTS capacity of Telstar 12 VANTAGE to expand their mobile broadband offerings to growing maritime markets in the Mediterranean and European waterways as well as to oil and gas operators in the North Sea.

“It is always gratifying when a knowledgeable industry leader like Panasonic compares a number of satellite alternatives and decides once again that Telesat is their best choice,” said Tom Eaton, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “Telstar 12 VANTAGE is a powerful high throughput satellite designed to provide customers like Panasonic important operational and commercial advantages. Panasonic’s multi-year commitment validates the advanced capabilities of Telesat’s newest satellite and we look forward to continuing to deliver to Panasonic the superior technical performance and outstanding support they have come to expect from Telesat.” Continue>

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: VSAT Making End-to-End a Reality

By Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon

Making End-to-End A Reality

Satellite’s role in the end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion with multiple points of view. With that, iDirect started a blog-response series last week, posing the question about the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality. This week Stuart Burson, Associate Director of Satellite Solutions Group, Verizon, gives us his response.

How valuable is the role of VSAT in making end-to-end global connectivity a reality?

This question, recently posed by Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect, is an important one facing the industry. For Verizon, it is a question that we made sure we addressed very early on in the development of our network.

From the outset, we designed satellite to interface directly with our MPLS-based IP network. This fully owned and operated end-to-end network seamlessly integrates all access technologies to deliver a highly secure, robust private network solution. Read More