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July 6th, 2015

SES GS, O3b + Riva Networks Demo Real Time ISR Comms Between HQ + Mobile Devices

[SatNews] Global satellite bandwidth provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) unveiled a comprehensive Netcentric communications solution for field-deployed units during a demonstration for U.S. Government customers last month.

By combining O3b’s satellite broadband connectivity and RIVA Network’s field deployable 4G nanoLTE solution, the SES solution delivers real-time HD video feeds and imagery files stored in the Cloud to individual members of remote field teams. The same link also allows those deployed teams to collect and send raw sensor and video data back to off-site data analysis and command centers.

During the demonstration, U.S. Government customers were able to use mobile phones and tablets outside of WiFi range and transport real-time video through the LTE bubble and stream the footage without delay over O3b satellites back to a cloud server located in Ashburn, Virginia. This setup allows for high bandwidth and broadband IP communications which include standard and HD video, ultra HD video, voice and teleconferencing. This mission-critical technology is compatible with any smartphone and paves the way for an increased use of mobile devices for military operations. In essence each soldier, sailor, airman and marine can be a sensor providing vital information to deployed units through the O3b system.

The RIVA Network addition to this demonstration provided another key capability to support U.S. Government forces. The sphere of connectivity is scalable with multiple nanoLTE nodes and ranges up to 22 miles, depending on the exact network configuration. All RIVA components for this particular demonstration are easily transportable. The solutions featured in the demonstration are available on SES GS’s and RIVA Networks’ GSA Schedule. The demonstration was attended by more than 50 U.S. Government guests and is the third consecutive successful demonstration of SES GS applications leveraging O3b’s high throughput and low latency capabilities.

Executive Comment

“The U.S. Government can now integrate smartphones into remote field operations and create a mobile workforce without facing any delays in communication and with full connectivity all the way back to U.S.-based analysts and decision-makers,” said President and CEO of SES GS Pete Hoene.