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Two Hot Topics for State Agencies

Texas state capitol event

Hughes recently hosted a learning and demonstration event at the Texas Capitol building for government-focused Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and legislators from the state’s House of Representatives and Senate. The event within the Capitol building made it easy and convenient for legislators to meet with Hughes experts; share details of their needs and objectives; and learn about how emerging technologies, network modernization and digital initiatives can benefit state agencies.

Hughes representatives provided insights that were of particular interest for state departments of public safety, motor vehicles, parks, labor, health and human services, and police––and not just those in Texas. Any state can benefit from these types of innovations and solutions.

Two of the hottest topics that day were:

  1. Hughes Managed LEO––our OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite service offering that delivers reliable, low-latency broadband in previously unconnected areas. LEO networks offer a unique combination of high data throughput, low latency, and true global coverage. In Texas, as in most states in the U.S., there are many remote areas in the state where employees, like park rangers, emergency responders and police officers, could utilize LEO service to stay connected while on the job. Communities can also leverage LEO services to help bridge the digital divide and ensure that all residents have access to essential online services, education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
  2. The Hughes Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA)––an innovative, low-cost, flat panel antenna technology that is proving to be a game-changer for LEO implementations. The ESA––with its low profile, sleek design––delivers high throughput and low latency connectivity. The ESA can support fixed, land mobile, maritime, and aviation applications, again offering connectivity options that were simply unavailable to state agencies until now. That means for example, a state can support initiatives in inaccessible areas, such as enabling researchers to study ecosystems and climate patterns; or improve emergency response times, coordinate resources effectively, and save lives in critical situations. In Texas, legislators and CIOs discussed how the ESA could be deployed to improve communications along the Southern border.

As a full service Managed Service Provider, Hughes can deploy a wide range of managed services, like digital signage solutions, SD-WAN and managed broadband in tandem with LEO services. Connectivity and the ability for real-time digital communications to engage and inform constituents support every aspect of local government operations today – from university systems to police stations to motor vehicle administrations. While this event introduced attendees to the Texas-sized opportunities that are now possible thanks to innovations like these, the Hughes team is always eager to answer questions about how emerging technologies can enable agencies in every state to meet a wide range of mission-critical goals.

Headed to the upcoming NASTD 2023 Midwest-South Seminar? The Hughes team will be there to showcase our entire suite of solutions for state governments.

Interested in having the Hughes team set up a learning and demonstration event for your state’s legislators? Contact us.