Ka-Band powers third stage of Vislink’s Advent MSAT satellite terminal launch
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England, Sept. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today Vislink (VLK:LSE) announced that it will be showing its Advent Mantis MSAT Portable Data Terminal at the upcoming IBC2012 Broadcast technology show in Amsterdam. The latest development of the company’s MSAT product is designed to address the emerging Ka-Band satellite newsgathering requirements of broadcasters around the world.
Mantis MSAT is already shipping to customers in X-Band guise and is proving to be one of the most popular products in the Advent 2012 portfolio. The MSAT is a 12.5Kg go-anywhere satellite terminal that can be set-up and providing data and video transmission in as little as five minutes from unzipping its ballistic nylon carry-case. It supports the aforementioned X-Band, Ku and now Ka-Band configurations. Bands can be swapped in the field in under a minute.
Stephen Rudd, CEO Vislink International Ltd said, “Mantis MSAT is an exciting departure for Vislink’s Advent Satellite product portfolio. Never before have we had the combination of speed, flexibility and lightweight construction bundled into a single product. The combination is clearly the right one because our customers have made it the fastest-selling satellite terminal product in our 30-year history.”
Recent launches of high-throughput Ka-Band satellites are set to add another dimension to satellite news-gathering. A solitary reporter with the smaller, lighter Advent MSAT terminal can engage the unit’s on-board GPS sat finder, align and lock-on to a receiving satellite, acquire a network, set up a camera and prepare for a live shot in minutes. It uses readily available battery or mains power and supports all popular transmission modem options.
“One of the major benefits in using Ka-Band is the cost of use. Recent studies have shown that the use of Ka-band is up to 30 percent less expensive than BGAN transmission, which means that an MSAT system could pay for itself in one year,” explains Ali Zarkesh, business development director for satellite communications at Vislink. “The expanding availability of Ka segment space is what is making this possible. Eutelsat, Yahsat, Avanti, ViaSat and other satellite communications companies have recently launched satellites specifically for Ka-Band use so the Ka-Band footprint is expanding rapidly. Europe, North America, the Middle East and Russia are already covered and initiatives are under way in Australia and Latin America. “
For more information on Mantis MSAT or any other Vislink product, visit Vislink at IBC 2012 Amsterdam, IBC Stand 1.A61 or visit www.vislink.com