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November 5th, 2014

Talk About Discreet—How About Even Under Sand For BGAN?

[SatNews] Government departments and police forces around the world can now benefit from the latest in discreet communications with the launch of Low Profile Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN).

Consisting of a rapidly deployable lay-flat antenna and a robust, remotely operable BGAN terminal which will work even when buried under sand, Low Profile BGAN is the only solution which allows unmanned, concealed surveillance in real-time. Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) is unveiling the new Low Profile BGAN  at Global MilSatCom in London.
“Low Profile BGAN enables border forces, police, internal security departments and the military to extend the reach  of their surveillance networks into areas where manned observation posts would be impractical, unsafe or simply not cost effective,” said Andy  Start, President of Inmarsat Global Government. “This is the perfect solution to covert installations on embassy buildings and other settings which require an alternative communications solution and where an antenna cannot be visible.”
The proven reliability of Inmarsat’s global BGAN service, combined with a lay-flat, rapidly deployable antenna which can be completely camouflaged, is what makes the Low Profile BGAN a transformational product. Manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the terminal is connected to existing surveillance equipment and can lie dormant until woken by an event or user command.
“Low Profile BGAN is ideal for use in remote hostile situations, and demonstrates Inmarsat Global Government’s and Hughes’ commitment to maximising operational cost effectiveness while minimizing the exposure of personnel to risk,” said Bill Lindsay, Senior Program Director at Hughes.
Inmarsat‘s commitment to providing new products and services designed for government market needs  has driven the development of the Low Profile BGAN—allowing global high-speed IP surveillance connectivity and changing the future of discreet operations.
NSSLGlobal and partner company, ESL, are the largest Inmarsat supplier to European military for commercial satellite communications and commented on the LPB. “We recently introduced the Low Profile BGAN during an event to government and military personnel. It received a great deal of interest due to its covert surveillance capabilities.”

The Inmarsat infosite is accessible via http://www.inmarsat.com/service/bgan/