New satellite based solution launched to assist remote worker and emergency comms
- Published: Wednesday, 06 May 2020 09:49
Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM have launched a comprehensive new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) push-to-talk (PTT) solution, which provides real-time data transfer and PTT communications for remote workers and emergency response uses.
Remote workers from a variety of industries brave hostile environments to deliver critical operations and it is vital that all parties can see the position of their assets, share data and communicate in real-time. However, the very nature of the remote regions means that operations often occur where there is a lack of reliable cellular communications connectivity. This means communications are not possible, leading to operational and safety challenges.
Inmarsat’s and Cobham’s new solution responds to these challenges by utilising its BGAN solution, which offers industry-leading reliability of more than 99 percent uptime. Low form factor satellite terminals, such as the new Cobham EXPLORER 323, are mounted on vehicles providing real-time GPS, telemetry and PTT capabilities, through the EXPLORER Mobile Gateway anywhere in the world. This means control centres / centers can efficiently and safely monitor the movement and performance of their vehicles, while enabling communications with crew wherever they are located.
An important feature of the solution is the integration with existing equipment on board. The Cobham EXPLORER Mobile Gateway integrates easily into any existing radio equipment, allowing the organization to keep and use their existing trusted equipment. PRISM PTT+, a service powered by Cobham SATCOM’s innovative PRISM (Private Routing & Intelligent System Management) technology enables the BGAN PTT Solution to switch between connectivity types such as UHF or VHF, 3G/4G and satellite making the solution cost-effective and easy to use. The switching process is unique in the market because it is completely seamless and offers an economical approach to voice communications.
Tara Maclachlan, Vice President of IoT, Enterprise at Inmarsat, commented: “Inmarsat’s BGAN push-to-talk solution is set to offer a new level of resilient communications for organizations working in remote regions. It provides visibility of the movements and performance of remote assets along with real-time communications ensuring organizations benefit from enhanced efficiencies and safety levels.”