LOWPROFILE BGAN

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 data

communications.

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.

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