The U. S. Homeland Security, Border Security, Intelligence Community and Department of Defense missions require collection of real-time intelligence on a 24-hour basis.
Moreover, it needs to be done in a costeffective manner, and without exposing government personnel to unnecessary risks.
A wide range of high-performance, unattended electronic systems is now widely available to meet this need. These include electro-optical, radar, acoustic and seismic sensor suites. All these systems depend, however, on access to broadband IP datacommunications.
In covert or discreet applications the equipment which delivers these communication needs to be capable of being hidden and must be remotely operable, with good battery life.
Inmarsat and Hughes have jointly developed a solution to this requirement. The Low Profile BGAN comms system is in two parts:
A rapidly deployable lie-flat antenna
A robust remotely operable BGAN terminal The antenna is placed on a flat surface and oriented in the direction of the satellite.
It can then be covered with a light layer of soil or vegetation. The terminal is then connected to the IP feed from the surveillance and intelligence gathering
systems. It can be configured to lie dormant until woken by a command over the network or a locally generated alarm signal from a
connected sensor.
The system is designed to form the backbone of future discreet smart surveillance solutions. The global coverage of Inmarsat’s I-4 network allows Low
Profile BGAN to be deployed rapidly with sensor systems to cover a gap in existing
surveillance infrastructure, to deal with a rapidly developing situation, or to exploit a fleeting window of intelligence opportunity.
Because it has a very long battery life, can be remotely operated, and can be very
effectively hidden, it offers the opportunity to extend the reach of a surveillance network into areas where manned observation posts would be impractical, unsafe or simply not cost effective.