GRC supports Inmarsat’s new GX satellite

This week the GRC G2 Solutions team are in Cyprus attending the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) Bootcamp. The next couple of days will see GRC gearing up alongside Inmarsat and partners for the full global launch of Inmarsat’s new GX services. 

GRC have been proud supporters and suppliers of Inmarsat’s satellite services for a number of years. The new US$1.6bn Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) satellite has been launched and airborne since the 1st of February 2015, and GRC have been working keenly towards the full roll out and delivery of this new faster, chunkier bandwidth bearing network.

The new Global Xpress (GX) network will not only deliver broadband speeds which are more than 100 times faster than the Inmarsat’s fourth generation (I-4) constellation; but offers opportunities for end-users, in both the public and private sectors, to significantly enhance their connectivity and bandwidth even in the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world.

GRC Scytale and Scytale Lite customers who use these portable, private communication networks are good examples of particular beneficiaries for this supercharged new airtime and data service. It is ideal for military, aid agencys, emergency responders and commercial users that require fast, flexible communications and with the choice of a secure VPN.

As Inmarsat are industry leaders and pioneers of mobile satellite communications GRC work closely with Inmarsat to deliver the best supporting coverage and service to our own customers. Working perfectly with our Connect 100Connect 100TAtom 65Connect 180G-3075 and G-5075 Antenna Systems; the quality, reliability and speed that this new orbital GX satellite now offers is a major step in the best direction. 

 

Global Xpress Satellite Network

GRC VSAT Interview - David Hartshorn - The Spectrum Fight

GRC are looking forward to hearing David Hartshorn’s (Secretary General Global VSAT Forum) talk on the Spectrum fight.

In a recent interview, David spoke passionately about the increased regulation and governance of type approved antenna systems and control of allowing non satellite companies to use spectrum space that has historically been used for satellite and bands that will be in the future. This type of work is of paramount importance to secure a satellite industry for the future.

The GVF have been operating for the last 17 years as a voice of the satellite industry.

Come and listen to David’s full talk on the subject at VSAT 2015, London Royal Garden Hotel 16-18th September.

 

About David Hartshorn Secretary General GVF

David HartshornMr. Hartshorn leads the Forum's efforts to facilitate the provision of satellite-based communications solutions throughout all nations of the world. In particular, Mr. Hartshorn works closely to support national-, regional- and global-level policy makers as they formulate state-of-the-art satellite regulatory frameworks. 

He is also responsible for creating greater awareness of the commercial, economic, political and technological advantages that  satellite-based communications provide.

Mr. Hartshorn also currently serves on various public and private-sector advisory boards, committees, working groups, and project teams where he is involved in facilitating satellite-enabled disaster preparedness, community engagement, financially sustainable business, health, education and more. He is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, and is Founder of its UK Chapter.

Mr. Hartshorn has worked in the satellite communications industry for more than 20 years, serving in sales, business development, publishing, and association offices based in North and Southeast Asia, North America and Western Europe.

He has been published in hundreds of editions of magazines and newsletters, and has spoken and chaired at conferences and seminars in every major region of the world.

Keynote Speakers at VSAT 2015

Some of the events most notable speakers to look out for include: Jon Godfrey (General Manager Paradigm communications), Mathew O’Connor (COO at Avanti Communications) and David Hartshorn (Secretary General Global VSAT Forum), Garr Stephenson (Vice President of Airborne COTM UltiSat),  Reza Rasoulian (Global Head of Connectivity at Carnival Corporation) and Aditya Chatterjee (CTO of Global Eagle Entertainment).

Topical discussions and talks being delivered by theses engaging and highly experienced speakers include: The Importance of connectivity in Maritime, How can VSAT Become Competitive in the Mobility Market, Increasing the Accessibility of VSAT, future of satellite - 5 years from now and many many other areas.

Find out more about a few of these dynamic and inspiring speakers in our next instalments when we will focus on a couple of their chosen topics, their backgrounds in the industry and the details of when you can catch them live at the event.

There is still time to get involved with this year’s event held at the Royal Garden Hotel, London. 16-18th September 2015. 50+ keynote speakers, VSAT Blog, Annual VSAT Awards and 1-to-1 meetings.

GRC Official Bloggers of VSAT 2015

GRC are pleased to be announced as the official bloggers of VSAT 2015 running from 16-18th September 2015 Royal Garden Hotel. VSAT 2015 remains the highlight annual meeting place for the major decision makers from across the industry to focus on key issues, discuss the latest industry developments and identify opportunities across the globe.

Attendees from the entire ecosystem including satellite construction and Launch, satellite operator hardware vendors, operators, resellers and end users including government, military, maritime, oil & gas, NGO, mining, aeronautical, banking, healthcare, lotteries and many more.

“There is no better event to network and learn about the new markets and technology from the industry” Tony Talbot GRC

Wireless Magazine sharing GRC's Arion solution good news

Mobile satellite services operator and telecommunication provider Thuraya Telecommunications and communication solutions provider Global Radio Data Communications (GRC) have jointly announced the successful certification of GRC’s Arion solution.

The Arion solution allows for the transmission of real-time encrypted communications directly to an operations room or another network anywhere in the world, be it land or sea, using any IP bearer.

Read more at: http://www.wireless-mag.com/News/33697/grc%E2%80%99s-arion-real-time-enc...

65 Degrees North

GRC are proud to sponsor the 65 Degrees North team on their epic expedition.

In May 2015 Peter Bowker an amputee from the recent conflict in Afghanistan and the team at ‘65 Degrees North’ will set out to record the:

“WORLD’S FIRST UNSUPPORTED CROSSING OF THE GREENLAND ICE CAP BY AN AMPUTEE”

‘65 Degrees North’ must pit their resolve and steadfast determination as they rely on fitness and mental grit to overcome the fearsome environment of the Greenland ice cap, its temperatures of -37°c, the threat of fatigue and resident polar bears.

The unsupported team will cover the near 600 km crossing of the ice cap from Kangerlussuaq in the West to Kulusuk in the East.

They will cross the ice cap on skis, pulling pulks, containing their food, clothing and survival equipment for their world record attempt.

This demanding endeavour will encompass the ‘spirit of adventure’ and will test the resilience and fortitude of the team to the limit.

Proud to sponsor British Army veteran Peter Bowker as he crosses Greenland

Arion is now certified to provide a commercial TacSat solution to key customer segments

Thuraya Telecommunications and leading communication solutions provider Global Radio Data Communications Ltd (GRC) today jointly announced the successful certification of GRC’s Arion solution. End-users can now experience limitless Beyond Line of Sight broadcast range for their tactical multi-band, encrypted radios, over both Thuraya’s broadband and alternative GSM & Internet service provider networks.

The Arion solution allows for the transmission of real-time encrypted communications directly to an operations room or another network anywhere in the world, be it land or sea, using any IP bearer. Arion enables operators to remotely control its features, minimizing the need to visit equipment in hostile environments and in doing so greatly increases end-user safety. Its capability of passing encrypted voice and situational awareness data through unencrypted radios, allows it to be left unattended in the most strategically advantageous locations.

Deployed teams need to stay in touch with their operations room regardless of where they are. This key customer segment now has access to encrypted TacSat capability via this solution from GRC which is a key strategic requirement for them.

Randy Roberts, Chief Innovation Officer at Thuraya

We are delighted to say that the Arion solution is available through an extensive distribution network of service providers around the world. Our solution provides a strategic advantage to our customers in the most demanding environments where line of sight communications is critical but impossible. We are pleased to announce this particular partnership with Thuraya which allows our customers to use our mission critical solution in some of the most remote and geographically important areas in the world.

Iain Pope Managing Director of GRC

Global XPress

The first global ka-band high speed satellite broadband network

Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) will soon be the first globally available Ka-Band satellite network. Delivering seamless high speed broadband connectivity on land, sea and in the air over their new I5 constellation of satellites.

Inmarsat-5 satellites operate with a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speed through more compact terminals, plus steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it's needed.

The first GX satellite (I-5 F1) launched in December 2013 and entered commercial service in July 2014, powering regional GX service for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The second Inmarsat-5 F2 launched on the 1st February 2015 and is currently making its way to its orbital position where it will undergo operational testing. I-5 F3 is on schedule to be launched later in the year completing the initial constellation and will deliver global connectivity.

GRC were the first company in the world to deploy a commercial GX terminal. Our valued knowledge in the industry has placed us in position to sell both Inmarsat GX airtime and hardware from all vendors for Land. We have also completed testing on our own Scytale products over Global Xpress with Arion to be completed by Q1 FY15.

Currently there are hardware options for both static and mobile which are both manual and auto acquiring. Data sheets can be provided on request.

Please contact us for further information on pricing of airtime and hardware.

Click here for Inmarsat's Launch of I-5 F2

GRC aids deployment and tracking of Emergency Response Teams

The challenge

When one of the most powerful storms ever recorded - Typhoon Haiyan - tore a path of destruction over 100 miles wide through the central Philippines In November 2013, it left behind a shattered landscape. Over 6000 people were killed, four million were left homeless and over 14 million were affected by the typhoon.

BT activated its Emergency Response Teams (ERT) as soon as the scale of the devastation emerged. Comprising a network of up to 40 highly-skilled engineers, the teams are trained to respond to the most extreme emergency situations and equipped to face almost any challenge, being vitally important both to other first-responders and the affected communities.

An initial team of four left the UK to provide reconnaissance and planning on the ground, followed by three more BT units supplying equipment to provide satellite-based communications to three locations, as all power, fixed line infrastructure and mobile networks were down. A quick response was vital in order for relief workers to co-ordinate their efforts and save lives, but the whole area was exceptionally hazardous for workers, particularly as no communication networks were in operation.

The solution

To help with the deployment and tracking of the ERT's, which was essential to maximise the resource and make sure that assets were deployed when and where they were most needed, BT selected GRC's TrackIT mapping application.

This solution consisted of the user friendly mapping panel, which can be stand alone or accessed from anywhere in the world, and a hand-held global two-way satellite personal tracking device. The central management system allows all deployed assets to be tracked and monitored on any appropriate map and has the capability to overlay bespoke plans and drawings to provide greater detail for specialist operations.

The TrackIT; solution also stores historic data of asset movement and operational information, allowing comprehensive and effective debriefs, while supporting the two-way messaging between the mapping panel and the user's device. Each BT team member carried with them an ultra-low power tracking device which provided automatic location reports and contained a panic alert button and integrated motion sensor. These devices are capable of sending up to 1500 reports on one charge.

The GRC TrackIT solution allowed BT's Early Response Teams to be deployed effectively, quickly and safely; giving each team member the confidence to carry out their vital duties.

John McGraw of the BT ERT said: "The GRC TrackIT solution allowed team members to be tracked in the most hostile of environments and provided a vital tool in ensuring our assets were deployed effectively and safely".

To see the BT Emergency Response Team in action in the Philippines, follow the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax5n5DPOIXA

Scytale communication solution selected for the WelComE Service

Global RadioData Communication Ltd is to supply its rucksack based communications solution, Scytale, to the WelComE Service which is operated by Airbus Defence and Space. The Scytale package provides flexible, reliable and cost effective communications in areas where no existing network is in place. Housed in a rugged, Peli backpack and weighing approximately 10 kilograms, Scytale provides a rapidly deployable private, VoIP and data network.

The WelComE (Welfare Communications Everywhere) service is responsible for the provision of welfare communication services to UK MoD deployed personnel and will be celebrating its 15 year anniversary in October this year.

WelComE provides entitled UK MoD service personnel on the frontline with the ability to keep in touch with family and friends back home, wherever they are depoyed in the world through a range of publically funded communication services.

We are very pleased that the WelComE Service has selected the Scytale solution to provide communications as part of its welfare offering. Our service personnel do a fantastic job in the most demanding of environments all over the world and it makes everyone at GRC proud to know that our Scytale solution can help provide a much needed link back home.

Jeremy Habberley, Head of Business Development for GRC

GRC worked with us to provide exactly the right solution for our specific requirements. The flexibility of the Scytale solution means we now offer a more extensive portfolio of reliable welfare communication services from anywhere in the world

Kim Stevenson, Welcome Service Manager

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