Time beginning to drag for Nick on Rockall

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Nick Hancock, who is currently on Rockall and attempting to break both the solo and longest occupation records by staying on the island for 60 days and is communicating and managing his blog via a Wireless Innovation sponsored, INMARSAT terminal. The aim of the expedition is to raise money for Help for Heroes.

His last blog starts….. “The days are fairly quiet now, and I suspect will only get slower, hence the lack of a blog post for three or four days. They’ve also started to merge a bit in my mind, so I’m glad I’m keeping a diary and have these blogs to refer back to. Excuse me if I repeat myself.”

Follow Nicks Blog at http://rockallsolo.blogspot.co.uk/

Manufacturing begins on Iridium NEXT satellites

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Production on 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT programme has begun, at the Orbital Sciences Corporation satellite manufacturing facility in Gilbert, Arizona, in the United States.

Orbital will manage production of the satellites under a contract between itself and Iridium’s prime contractor on NEXT, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space.

This will include integration of a total of 81 satellites for the constellation, including 66 low-Earth orbit operational satellites, six in-orbit spares, and nine ground-backup spacecraft, over the next three years.

Orbital’s responsibilities under the project also include ground support equipment, primary and hosted payload integration, shipment and launch integration services.

Scheduled to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT will fully replace Iridium’s current satellite constellation of 66 cross-linked low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that cover 100 per cent of the globe.
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Wireless Innovation selects Eutelsat KA-SAT satellite

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Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) has signed a distribution agreement with Wireless Innovation, a leading provider of end to end wireless communication services, to enable it to use Eutelsat’s KA-SAT high throughput satellite to provide critical communication services and connectivity for temporary and mobile offices to the utilities, renewables, construction, asset management and military sectors.
Read the full Press Release HERE or contact Graham Hart-Ives ghi@wi-ltd.net for further details.

Iridium Partner Conference 2014 Highlights

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Several new products were announced at the recent 2014 Iridium Partner Conference: Iridium GO!TM, the satellite provider’s first global portable satellite hotspot that provides voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks, Iridium BurstSM, a new service that makes it possible to transmit data to many enabled devices simultaneously, and Iridium Pilot® (Land Station), a terrestrial base station that offers broadband communications to users in off-the-grid locations.

Other interesting developments include the NettedTM Iridium concept – a multi-user voice and data handset with less than two-second push-to-talk capability.

All new, as well as existing, Iridium products help Iridium to work towards its goal of providing ‘truly global communications’. Similarly, the Iridium NEXT mission to fully replace its LEO satellite constellation – we’ll see the first launch in 2015 – will seek to provide more bandwidth and higher data speeds, support more powerful devices, and enhance Iridium’s ability to meet expanding demand for terrestrial, maritime and aviation communications.

For more information on our Iridium product catalogue or our solutions powered by Iridium visit our website or contact sales@wi-ltd.net.

Resolving the Data Communications Challenge for Water and Wastewater Service Providers

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Water is a prerequisite to life on this planet. The provision of water to homes and businesses as well as wastewater treatment is also essential. In fact, water utility companies need to provide billions of litres of fresh water to residential and commercial customers and to recycle equal amounts every day. As a result, water and wastewater service providers are under more pressure than ever to improve operational efficiencies. There is one key area in which improvements can be made and that is effective monitoring and control of water production and treatment assets and other remote sites.

Increasingly, such sites are found in remote parts of a country, particularly as demand for water is increasing. Similarly, the infrastructure required to deliver water to users and to take it away for treatment must cross challenging terrain. The equipment needed to manage this infrastructure and the various water plants needs constant supervision. This equipment generates significant volumes of data that must be recorded and conveyed to operations centres in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the cycle and to enable action to be taken in the event of any problems that might emerge.

Effective monitoring and control of such assets requires complete visibility. One type of monitoring system that is frequently deployed is known as Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition, or SCADA. Often within a SCADA system there will be wireless telemetry media that transmit data gathered by equipment sensors via radio, cellular or satellite networks. For water and wastewater plants in remote locations, the most successful way to convey this critical data to operations centres is via satellite. The VSAT, or Very Small Aperture Terminal, is particularly suitable for deployment in remote monitoring applications. This is because it is optimised for low-bandwidth, two-way data transmission – in other words, the kind of data that is conveyed in SCADA and Telemetry applications.

The TSAT3000 is a variant of VSAT that has been further optimised for mission critical communications, offering a private satellite communications network, in water and other utility industries. For this reason it is the ideal choice for SCADA and Telemetry applications in water and wastewater plants.

Wireless Innovation can deliver complete, turnkey solutions for all satellite communications, such as the TSAT3000, involving SCADA and Telemetry systems.

To find out more about our products and solutions for utilities, please contact us.