ThinKom phased arrays enable satcom for Indonesian Federal Police
(10 September 2019 - ThinKom) ThinKom Solutions has supplied its ThinSat 300 flat-panel phased-array antennas for Indonesian Federal Police command center vehicles to access satellite broadband on the move.
The project is a collaboration of ThinKom, Skyreach, Heimdall Defence and Newtec. ThinKom supplied the antenna, integrated with the Newtec Dialog Hub. Heimdall was responsible for system integration, installation, user interface and operator training, and Skyreach is providing VSAT connectivity.
ThinKom’s ThinSat 300 phased-array flat-panel antenna provides satcom on the move. (courtesy: ThinKom)
Initially, the systems have been deployed on two Indonesian Federal Police vehicles. Other installations are expected to follow in the coming months.
The field-proven ThinSat 300 antenna is just 4.3 inches high and mounts on a standard roof rack. Total weight, including the radome, is 120 pounds. Based on ThinKom’s patented phased-array technology, the vehicle-mounted antenna enables robust IP networks, streaming video and voice-over-IP applications without stopping to deploy a fixed satellite terminal or waiting for a blockage recovery.
The low-profile ThinSat 300 sits 4.3 inches high and mounts on standard roof racks. (courtesy: ThinKom)
“The ThinSat 300 mobile satcom antenna provides uninterrupted communication links for the command vehicles, even at highway speeds and off-road terrain conditions,” said Darin Anderson, director of international business development at ThinKom. “The antenna’s spectral efficiency of up to two bits per Hertz delivers high throughput on narrowband channels without spreading the signal, resulting in a substantial savings in operational expenses.”
“Since the beginning, Skyreach, with its experience in mobile satcom technology, has responded to users’ needs for high-quality video surveillance on the move, and the suitable choice has been identified as a combination of ThinSat 300 and Newtec MxDMA technology,” said Jo Rudy Haryoto, founder and CEO of Skyreach.
“This satcom-on-the-move capability will be a tremendous asset to the Indonesian Federal Police in sustaining mission-critical operations across the 6,000 inhabited islands in the Indonesian archipelago,” said Riana Ng, Heimdall regional account director. “Many of them have limited or no terrestrial mobile communications network coverage.”
“Satcom-on-the-move is also useful in urban areas, especially at busy times when a mobile network will not be able to accommodate constant data transfer and cellular 4G bonding technology will fail to accommodate video-streaming,” added Haryoto.
“Emergency services have to deal with life-threatening situations, often with little warning, and in areas where terrestrial connectivity has been degraded, or even destroyed,” said Andrew Faiola, head of mobility at Newtec. “Yet, communications and coordination are mission critical. The communications solution delivered to the Indonesian Federal Police is a winning combination from ThinKom, Heimdall Defence and Newtec that is cost-effective, easy to use, reliable and secure. It dramatically improves the capability of the police to do their jobs while reducing risk and uncertainty.”
About ThinKom Solutions
ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative, highly affordable, compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular, user terminal, gateway, satellite and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.
About Heimdall Defence
Based in Singapore, Heimdall offers a well-established product line of highly specialized systems and platforms for the military, police and intelligence agency user communities. The company’s main core business involves the distribution and bespoke provider of electro-optical solutions, night vision imaging systems, surveillance equipment, command-and-control solutions, tactical method of entry systems, detection and jamming equipment, and operational training programs, equipment and facilities.
Skyreach is an Indonesian-licensed VSAT operator with complete experiences in providing satellite-based services and solutions for maritime, rural, media/video uplink, land mobility, government and military operations. Skyreach owns and operates “thereach” a neutral teleport and data center, hosting and operating various VSAT systems, HTS gateway and interconnection for various local and international operators.
Newtec is specialized in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. Newtec’s products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircraft and vessels. Newtec is a European company headquartered in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, and has commercial offices in Dubai, Singapore, Beijing, Sao Paulo and Stamford, Connecticut, as well as an extensive network of over 100 certified partners.