In our interconnected world, things happening far away can have great impact on our lives. Every business is affected by events on the far side of the world, and governments must look far beyond their land borders to ensure the safety and prosperity of folks at home. In this issue, we look at remote technologies and the people who make them work.
Despite the challenges of low prices, oil and gas companies continue to invest substantially in Big Data technology and communications to optimize their operations. Frost & Sullivan estimates that the offshore oil and gas communications market spend will exceed $460 million per year by 2020, up 28% since 2014, when oil prices first began to plunge.
The Big Data revolution rests on a foundation of communications, and the realities of oil and gas exploration, production and transport mean that satellite plays a major role. For production rigs moored conveniently close to coastlines, it can make economic sense to run fiber-optic cable under the water, because that rig is likely to be in place for years. Point-to-point microwave is also suitable for rigs located within line of sight of each other and the land. But in deep water as well as the kind of remote land where most petrochemicals are found, only satellite can move the digital bits.
Early on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017, alarms started going off in the Globecomm Network Opera¬tions Center (NOC) in Hauppauge, New York, USA. Among its responsibilities, the NOC monitored and man¬aged a 43-site satellite network that carried radar and cockpit voice traffic for America’s air traffic control system. In most cases, these satellite links were backups to land-based circuits, but in some, satel¬lite was the primary link.
Nothing the operators did had any effect. The satellite linking those sites – SES’s AMC-9 – had suffered a significant anomaly that took out its transponders and sent it slowly drifting out of its assigned orbital slot. The satellite network was a small part of a $1.7 billion contract awarded by the Federal Avia¬tion Administration to Harris to upgrade its communica¬tions, reduce their cost and improve their perfor¬mance. Globecomm was contracted to design and build the satellite portion, and then to manage it, as well as provide Tier One lifecycle support for the remote units and help desk support for the customer. That made them the resident experts on how to get the network up and running again. MORE <link to case study>
In the July edition of Milsat magazine, Globecomm’s Dwight Hunsicker described the rapid evolution of commercial satcom, which is bringing new capabilities to government and military communications.
“In today’s world there is a constant need for information, intelligence and awareness. This is particularly true for military forces who may be deployed anywhere from large cities to the most remote of locations. Deployments may range in size from small teams to enterprise-level divisions that number in the thousands. Satellite network technologies can provide the services, capabilities and infrastructures to furnish U.S. Government customers with connectivity services anywhere in the world, and provide those services in a highly secure and resilient manner.”
Jeremy Tong became a social media star by leading a team that climbed the challenging south face of Mount Everest and capturing great moments on Twitter and Facebook. The climb raised money for the Singapore Cancer Society. Jeremy was able to share his adventure with the world thanks to a satphone and airtime donated by Globecomm. We are proud of Jeremy and the example set for the world by his courage and determination.
Jeremy describes himself as an aspiring climber from the tiny island of Singpaore who is constantly looking for places to “fill up my mountain adventure gauge” in different parts of the world.
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