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First responders deliver emergency care after a tsunami in Japan. A team of doctors catch a plane to Haiti to provide medical assistance immediately after an earthquake. An engineer visits utility field sites throughout the Midwestern U.S. An outdoor enthusiast embarks on a journey through the back country of Argentina. All these people need to stay connected, and as the world becomes increasingly mobile, the demand for mobile communications continues to grow exponentially.
Today, thanks to Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN), the majority of the world’s population and land mass can access IP connectivity via powerful satellites. Hughes has developed a complete line of portable and on-the-move BGAN terminals that can be used anywhere that Inmarsat offers BGAN service, enabling people who live or work in far-flung locations to stay connected.
The first BGAN terminal introduced by Hughes, the Hughes 9201 Class l terminal, still represents the highest streaming rates at the lowest price in a single BGAN device. With more than 10,000 units deployed worldwide, the laptop-sized terminal is popular with media and government. Part of CNN’s Emmy award-winning satellite newsgathering solution, the 9201 terminal streamlines the process of live media feeds, replacing what in the past amounted to a truck full of equipment.
Building on the success of the 9201, Hughes this year introduced the Hughes 9202 BGAN terminal, the smallest Class 2 BGAN terminal on the market. The only commercial-grade Class 2 terminal available with built-in Wi-Fi and a weather rating of IP55 (enclosure protected against dust and water jets), the 9202 is also equipped with a built-in RJ11 connection for voice and fax service, and is extended L-band ready. The 9202 is ideal for government and non-government organization (NGO) personnel, such as first responders, public safety and mobile healthcare workers, as well as remote workers in the utility, oil and gas, forestry, and telecommunications industries. With full ISDN connectivity, the 9202 is smaller, lighter, and more cost-effective than repairing aging Global Area Network (GAN) equipment, enabling an immediate transition opportunity for GAN users to replace Mini-M, Inmarsat’s prior generation of voicecentric terminals.
Direct machine-to-machine (M2M) communications allows for little to no human intervention, which is especially valuable in the oil, gas, water, and utility industries where continuous, unattended monitoring of remote sites is often essential.
The Hughes 9201-M2M is used for a broad range of applications, including out-of-band management, smart meter backhaul, distribution automation, compressor monitoring, and well site monitoring and control, as well as environmental monitoring. For example, the California Institute of Technology Tectonics Observatory is utilizing the 9201-M2M in Nepal, Chili, and Peru for earthquake and tsunami monitoring and warning systems. Similarly, R&M Energy Systems relies on the 9201-M2M for well site automation.
Equipped with an indoor unit and an external antenna, the new Hughes 9502 is ideal for use in M2M installations, and comes paired with special data price plans from Inmarsat. This terminal boasts low power consumption for solar and battery-powered installations, and includes 10 meters of antenna cable for remote use.
Until now, we have been talking about portable BGAN terminals that need to be pointed toward a satellite to get a connection. Hughes has also developed a line of terminals that are equipped with tracking intelligence, enabling them to automatically point toward the satellite and transmit and receive on the move.
The lowest-priced Class 10 terminal on the market, the Hughes 9350 BGAN terminal supports full ISDN and 256k streaming. Ideal for first responders, mobile healthcare technicians, and remote field personnel, the Hughes 9350 enables workers to collaborate with staff back at headquarters using video, voice, and data simultaneously.
The Hughes 9450 BGAN terminal utilizes the world’s smallest on-the-move BGAN antenna and has built-in Wi-Fi. Optimized for fleet workforce automation communications, the Hughes 9450 is ideal for military, utility, and oil and gas fleets. The 9450 is a cost-effective addition to complete mobile workforce coverage where 3G is unreliable or unavailable.
Built and powered by Hughes, the Harris RF-7800B BGAN product line is a highperformance satellite solution that provides reliable voice and wideband data connectivity for beyond-line-of-sight, SATCOM-onthe- move, and SATCOM-at-the-quick-halt applications. The RF-7800B is ideal for military, rail, mining, and construction applications.
“The recent introduction of our exciting 9202 and 9502 products rounds out the Hughes BGAN portfolio,” said Graham Avis, vice president of the Hughes Mobile Satellite Terminal Group. “Now those who live and work in far-flung locations, including journalists, first responders, outdoor enthusiasts, and workers in the utility, oil and gas, and forestry industries, can choose from a complete line of Hughes BGAN terminals to stay connected.”
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