Globecomm now offers US military and coalition forces in theaters around the world a service called Access Global X. It combines licensed teleport assets, a global fiber network, and commercial X-band satellite capacity, as well as a wide range of satellite terminal equipment, from the Tomcat manpack (see below) to 0.77m and 1.2m Auto-Explorer self-aligning terminals up to 4.0m fixed hub earth stations.
Both X-band satellite capacity and secure uplink services are provided in cooperation with our strategic partner, TTcomm in Poland. Our global fiber network, with redundant and diverse STM-1 connectivity between the teleport and major European points of presence, provides multiple E1 connections to Globecomm’s NY DISN node, robust IP connectivity, US-based voice termination services and US or European IP addresses.
Based on long experience serving the US Department of Defense and multilateral organizations, we designed Global Access X to give people in the field just one number to call for help with service delivery anywhere between their own computers and the “hand-off” point to the government network. It is a true end-to-end service that helps save lives, make operations more effective and reduce the uncertainties of the “fog of war.”
The Dutch TV channel VPRO has launched a 35-part series to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his world-changing On the Origin of Species. The series follows the voyage of the clipper ship Stad Amsterdam, which set out to retrace the Darwin’s global voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
Stad Amsterdam and the Beagle series will take viewers on a journey across magnificent landscapes, vulnerable regions, endangered areas and adventurous locations, stretching from Patagonia to the South Pacific, and from Australia to St. Helena.
Unlike the Beagle, however, the Stad Amsterdam is rigged with advanced scientific instruments, its own TV studio and a full crew of scientists working in a wide range of disciplines. Viewers can follow its journey via TV and radio or go to VPRO’s Beagle Website (www.beagle.vpro.nl) for daily updates, journal posts and video logs.
Making this all possible is Mach6, part of the Globecomm Group of companies. A stabilized antenna on the Stad Amsterdam provides two 1.2Mbps circuits 24/7, with service switched from one satellite to the next as the voyage progresses. The system supports live transmissions for low-resolution Webcams, email and Twitter and blog posts. It also enables upload of edited high-definition broadcast content from the ship to VPRO.
Milsat Magazine recently interviewed Globecomm Chairman and CEO Dave Hershberg on the company, his long career, and the evolving needs of military communications. The following is an excerpt.
Milsat: Mr. Hershberg, the requirement for sophisticated military communications continues to increase. Would you assess the current need among the military for more sophisticated communications technologies?
Hershberg: From our perspective, the need revolves around trends that are similar and familiar to the commercial world: broadband access and applications to empower the individual with more sophisticated and smaller devices for communications. You can also add that the requirements are coupled with the need to provide all of this while on the “go.” The need for broadband capabilities for the modern war fighter is becoming evident. Modern war depends on “the network” and the network must be fast, reliable and ubiquitous. Broadband is the new infrastructure. The newest requirements are for broadband satellite access on the move, with the ability to function with all necessary devices in increasingly smaller packs to ensure faster movement. We are also seeing new satellites that are shaping our offering to governments and organizations. The new WGS satellites have sig-nificantly more capacity than existing satellites. Most military infrastructure today operates on commercial satellites in C and Ku- band. The military infrastructure is now being upgraded to work with WGS. That is yet another change that we need to aware of.
Known to communication carriers, media and government agencies as a premier integrator of satellite systems, Globecomm has evolved its business in big ways. President and COO Keith Hall described the company’s continuing transformation this way in a recent interview in SatelliteToday:
“Before I became COO, my role in the company was in services. When I took over the services business in 2002, it was contributing about 30% of total revenues to the company. Our goal was to find ways to bring the value of Globecomm’s engineering know-how to customers in a new way, in the form of managed services, whether it’s a network solution, lifecycle support of customer assets or professional consulting. We invested in a global fiber and satellite infrastructure of our own. We expanded into new markets. And in our most recent fiscal year, we did north of $80 million in services revenue, equal to 48% of the total. Going forward, we are going to be known increasingly as a provider of managed services that solve complex problems for our customers.
The US Department of Defense calls it “netcentric warfare.” Whatever name it goes by in military organizations around the world, the trend is clear. Modern military forces need to be connected, from the nation’s capital to regional commands, the forward operating base all the way to the individual unit or soldier in the field.
To help meet that need, Globecomm has introduced a new satellite terminal. The TomCat™ X-Band is a light-weight X-Band terminal, transportable by a single person, which sets up in less than 10 minutes. Its solid, one-piece construction and ability to operate on a variety of power sources makes it ideally suited for tactical and other rapid-response applications, operating in harsh conditions and in remote locations. As part of Globecomm’s Explorer terminal product line, the TomCat™ X-Band fits in a single case and meets the requirements for luggage aboard commercial airlines. The user-friendly set-up includes built-in diagnostics, an integrated spectrum analyzer and monitoring via a laptop computer.
“The TomCat™ terminal represents the next stage in the evolution of our Explorer product line,” said Globecomm Chairman and CEO David Hershberg. “It creates new, flexible and cost-effective comms-on-the-pause options for the small unit operating anywhere in the footprint of an X-band satellite.”
From October 4 through 6, Globecomm hosted the executives of customers and vendors at its annual Techforum gathering in Hauppauge, New York. After a robust day of golf, deep-sea fishing and socializing, attendees gathered at Globecomm headquarters for a day-long seminar on the critical changes taking place in the converging worlds of wireless and video.
On the wireless side, discussions ranged from the strategic to the tactical. Jerry Wilkie, Executive Director of the Rural Communications Group, described the unique business requirements of rural markets, while executives of Ericsson shared their Vision 2020, exploring how customer demand for mobile broadband, social networks and video are reshaping the wireless market. Globecomm executives described the technology and business models of hosted mobile services, and the competitive advantage they can offer as mobile standards evolve from 2G to 2.5G and 3G LTE.
On the video side, presenters focused on the continuing revolution in standards that are permitting broadcasters to do more with less and to reach audiences across multiple platforms. Experts from TANDBERG, Harris and Evertz joined Globecomm executives in describing the next generation of compression technologies that adapt intelligently to the needs of the many different devices in use today. And they gave attendees an “under the hood” look at new standards including the Broadcast eXchange Format and 3 GBS SDI.
Copies of the presentations may be downloaded from the Techforum pages.