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Inmarsat, Cobham provide real time connectivity for remote operations

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A new Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) push-to-talk (PTT) solution that promises to connect remote workers using vehicles across the globe, has been launched by Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM.

The solution provides real-time data transfer and PTT communications to enable remote utilities, mining, aid and NGO, agricultural work and other areas, as well as for use in public safety and emergency response, overcoming the lack of reliable cellular communications connectivity in such locations.

Tara Maclachlan, vice president of IoT, enterprise at Inmarsat, said: “Inmarsat’s BGAN push-to-talk solution is set to offer a new level of resilient communications for organisations working in remote regions. It provides visibility of the movements and performance of remote assets along with real-time communications ensuring organisations benefit from enhanced efficiencies and safety levels.”

Inmarsat and Cobham said their solution offers “industry-leading reliability of more than 99% 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.

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This means control centres can efficiently and safely monitor the movement and performance of their vehicles, while enabling communications with crew wherever they are located.

The technology has applications for engineers performing well-head maintenance, mining exploration teams on the hunt for new mineral deposits and aid and NGO organisations responding to humanitarian events, allowing all parties to see the position of their assets, share data and communicate in real-time.

Todd McDonell, president of Inmarsat Global Government added: “First responders and public safety teams need communications certainty, especially in operating conditions where fixed networks become disabled or degraded due to emergency events. The Broadband Global Area Network push to talk solution provides government users with a way to maintain ‘comms-on-the-move’ connectivity regardless of the situation on the ground. Providing voice, data and streaming services that can be easily integrated with the existing radio and data networks, the Broadband Global Area Network push to talk service provides extended coverage for traditional communications links.”

 

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