Increasing robustness and real-time connectivity is a crucial need for the Government and Military Sector to manage and monitor ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) operations — according to NSR, the revenue for this sector will reach $93 billion by 2029.
Well known is that satellite has turned into one of the most valuable weapons for the armed services. The most common use of satellite connectivity nowadays within the military sector is to gather a plethora of information concerning troop movements, tracking hostiles and the most important element, that being “seamless” roaming from any terminal on any network now being built that incorporates a dynamic Enterprise Management System (EMS).
Different vehicles demand various size, shapes and configurations for the selected system, as combat situations require viable MILSATCOM connectivity to handle the complexities of network commissioning and deployment, and that can truly be a challenge for troops. Depending on the mission and the situation, these needs can greatly vary, especially in regard to bands and data rates. This means tools must be agnostic and improve performance, connection availability and resiliency— these are absolute “must-haves.”
To speed the commissioning process, the best option is to use an auto commissioning VSAT tool using a technology that is supported by any form of device, smartphone, tablet or PC and by any type of system, Android, IoS, or Windows, as they are the most common in use today.
This technology will be key for the troops as it would seamlessly accelerate the satellite commissioning process. Some metrics are mandatory — a technology that calculates them via a user’s “click” will be essential for the frenetic military sector. For instance, the compression point is crucial to identify when the BUC gain will decrease in order to obtain resilient communication.
Satmotion Pocket by Integrasys is the only patented technology that instantly calculates the P1db, which is the most important metric when seeking reliable communication and high bandwidth to obtain the best quality and to avoid distortion and a possible network drop as well as to achieve availability and resilience through any weather event or radio frequency congestion.
Another important point is the call to the Network Operations Center (NOC), which is a tedious process for troops, and sometimes conditions are not suitable for the investment in time to place a call to the NOC. The Integrasys auto commissioning tool checks the process to know instantly if something went wrong, if an element is not working or if the signal is distorted at some point.
With SatMotion Pocket, the troops can fix any such condition on the fly. Flexible technology solutions that help to virtualize the commissioning process are a “win-win” for military network deployments.
Regarding SATCOM-On-The Move (SOTM) for the military, as previously remarked, the various types of vehicles and different surroundings require diverse systems. Therefore, the antenna market is now in transformation, with the need to automate the commissioning for new terminals using No Touch Commissioning (NTC) built with a restful API.
The new market trends lead to small and compact antennas that can be placed on a variety of surfaces and that are able to receive and transmit VSAT signals as soon as they are activated. Auto commissioning tools will have a key role in differing installations as the new antennas depend on a technology that manages the ACU.
For future network commissioning for military services, flexible, electronically steered solutions that provide multi-band and multi-orbit capabilities to automate the commissioning process will be a must to implement a robust, real-time and reliable network infrastructure, all done seamlessly.
The new technologies being introduced by flat panel antennas manufacturers opens the door for network virtualization. VSAT ground technologies are mandatory to make the most out of the new electronic systems — this is especially true for the military sector, where rapid deployment requires instant, rapid communication capabilities.