Posts Tagged ‘BGAN’

BGAN links with unmanned aircraft for disaster response

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

A major disaster recovery exercise in Scandinavia relied on Inmarsat BGAN to send vital images to help emergency responders worldwide.

The Triplex 2008 event on the border of Sweden and Norway used an unmanned aircraft to survey the “disaster zone”.

Images captured were sent via a BGAN terminal once the MD4-1000 mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), weighing just 900 grams, had landed.

Enhance readiness
The annual Triplex 2008 exercise in Scandinavia, supported by the United Nations’ International Humanitarian Partnership, aimed to enhance the readiness of emergency responders for a real event.

The UAV was provided by Scandicraft, while low resolution images were sent using the Asign satellite-optimised IP-based solution from Inmarsat application provider AnSur..

Vizada, a leading satellite communications provider and an Inmarsat distribution partner, provided the airtime, enabling the critically-important images to be sent quickly via Inmarsat to a UN server in Geneva, Switzerland.

Preparation key
Scandicraft’s head of business development, Einar Stuve, said: “The combination of our UAV and the BGAN proved highly effective, enabling the first pictures to be uploaded within 10 minutes.

“The images were published on a map covering the entire disaster area, which was available via the internet for first responders anywhere in the world to view – even before hazardous materials teams had suited up to enter the site.”

The centre of the exercise was in Charlottenberg, Sweden, 70 kilometres (43 miles) from the Norwegian capital, Oslo.


Innovation award honours pioneers of BGAN

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

satelite-dishes14-05-2008 – Two Inmarsat experts have been presented with an innovation award by the mobile satellite industry for leading the development of BGAN.

The Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) presented its innovation award to Inmarsat’s chief scientist Marcus Vilaça and director of systems and network engineering, Alan Howell, at its annual conference in Baltimore in the US on May 13.

MSUA president Tim Farrar said: “The award recognises the exciting new broadband applications that BGAN has enabled on a worldwide basis – including highly portable video, data and voice communications.”

Transforming communications
Both Marcus and Alan are proud that Inmarsat’s team has been recognised for introducing a system which has transformed global mobile broadband communications.

Alan said: “The award is all the more welcome because it came out of the blue. It’ s great that the industry is recognising that BGAN is a highly innovative system.

“Both Marcus and I feel a lot of personal attachment to BGAN – the fact that other people recognise its capabilities too is even more appreciated.”

The pair started working on ideas for a new system back in 1995 – focusing on trying to harness emerging technologies such as the internet and mobile data.

The team expanded over time, and BGAN owes its success to the effort and dedication of all those involved in the project.

Future success
And it was the move to develop a satellite version of the universal mobile telecommunications mobile broadband system – for people who are out of range of terrestrial services – which eventually proved pivotal to Inmarsat’s future success.

The team carried out painstaking research, working with external companies to create a flexible and efficient standard BGAN system – which could deliver high-speed data and voice services simultaneously – via satellite.

Alan said: “The result was a very capable system which can continue to be evolved and built on over time.”

Links: Immarsat, BGAN, Mobile Satellite Users Association