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Conducting discreet operations is a top priority for police forces, border patrols, the military, and a range of government agencies around the world. In the past, a major challenge facing these organizations has been implementing concealed and unattended connectivity at off-the-grid locations.
Introducing the Hughes Low-Profile BGAN (LPB), the world’s first lie-flat antenna coupled with a robust, remotely operable BGAN terminal, built to function even when buried under light debris. Offering reliable, remotely controllable satellite connectivity over the Inmarsat BGAN network, the Hughes LPB is the ideal solution for unmanned surveillance in real time.
Compatible with a broad range of surveillance hardware, the Hughes LPB solution is quickly and easily installed, and is capable of high-speed transmission for a number of applications, including real-time audio, data, and streaming video to end users around the world. Requiring only minimal power consumption for remote installations, the LPB is IP-67 rated for outdoor use and can be installed below ground for inconspicuous operation even with a thin layer of dry, non-metallic material over the antenna.
It is ideal in situations where satcom equipment is a target for malicious damage and an antenna cannot be visible, such as covert installations on embassy buildings, or at locations requiring concealed surveillance.
Equipped with a squinted beam antenna, the LPB negates the need for complex pointing and meets government-level environmental and ingress protection. In addition, it can lie dormant until awoken by a network command from a distant center or triggered into action by an event in the field.
"The Hughes Low-Profile BGAN is a game-changing solution for unmanned connectivity in remote areas,” said Peter Dingley, Inmarsat Global Government. “And when you add in the ability to be buried or camouflaged to avoid detection, the LPB is expected to become the staple satcom backbone of future discreet operations."
Added Graham Avis, vice president and general manager of Hughes San Diego, “The LPB directly builds on our successful work with Inmarsat in the machine-to-machine communications market, bringing highly available and reliable communications for a variety of commercial and government applications where a conspicuous installation cannot be tolerated.
The latest in a long line of innovative mobile satellite solutions developed by Hughes for Inmarsat’s BGAN service, the new Low-Profile BGAN will equip police forces and other government users around the world with discreet communications for global high-speed IP surveillance connectivity, changing the future of discreet operations.