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ERT, Inc. with Hughes Selected by The National Weather Service to Expand Managed Network Services across the U.S.


Hughes to upgrade critical network services for weather tracking and data collection

Germantown, MD, February 19, 2020ERT, Inc., one of NOAA’s largest science and technology contractors, together with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced their selection by the National Weather Service (NWS) to upgrade and expand managed satellite and wireless services at NWS locations in the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Pacific Region.

ERT and subcontractor Hughes will provide the NWS with the network services needed to gather and report local weather tracking and forecasting data using capacity on the Hughes JUPITER™ 1 (EchoStar XVII) and JUPITER 2 (EchoStar XIX) High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). At mission-critical locations, Hughes will provide 4G LTE wireless backup that ensures a dual-path network architecture for increased availability. Also as part of the managed service, the team will install Hughes HR4860 Secure SD-WAN Gateways at the locations and provide a live dashboard with 24x7 access to network performance data and analytics.

“This expansion of our longstanding partnership with ERT, Inc. in support of the National Weather Service is a testament to the essential power of connectivity to impact lives every day,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of government solutions at Hughes. “The work of the NWS ensures the preparedness of people nationwide, and we are proud to deliver the network they need to carry out their mission with speed, flexibility and reliability.”

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