November 13, 2008
DataPath(R) to Deploy Satellite Communications on-the-Move Solution for U.S. Army
DULUTH, Ga., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and wireless communications networks around the world, has been awarded a delivery order to manufacture and deploy a satellite communications on-the-move (COTM) solution for U.S. Army forces in Iraq. The order initially includes a SATCOM hub earth terminal and two satellite COTM systems that will be installed on U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. With all options exercised, work under this agreement could total up to $3.9 million, including the initial COTM systems, the hub earth terminal and options for additional systems. The DataPath(R) COTM solution for the U.S. Army includes a low-profile antenna that can enable satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity at vehicle speeds of 80 miles per hour or more.
In addition to systems included in the delivery order, DataPath will provide its MobiLink(TM) system for testing as an integral part of the COTM solution. MobiLink, a compact device mounted on a SINCGARS MT-6352 tray, links land mobile radio (LMR) and satellite COTM. With a simple, push-to-talk interface, MobiLink users gain cross-band capability that enables them to seamlessly use both the SATCOM and LMR links.
COTM-enabled MRAP vehicles with MobiLink will act as communications hubs, providing an everything-over-IP (EoIP) network link that establishes a robust line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) network anywhere. With this communications hub moving on the battlefield, many other users and vehicles can leverage the BLOS connectivity to establish mobile, high- bandwidth capability to send and receive video, data and voice communications.
"COTM is key to moving the high-bandwidth network edge farther out to provide greater situational awareness, speed and flexibility to small, quickly moving units of warfighters," said Steve Lindeman, vice president of Business Operations at DataPath. "DataPath works closely with the U.S. military to enable this capability with cost-effective, practical solutions that leverage the latest technology innovations. This includes DataPath MobiLink, which will be tested in-theater with this initiative to demonstrate the benefits of an integrated, on-the-move SATCOM and LMR network."
Program Manager WIN-T's Commercial SATCOM Terminal Program (CSTP) at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command in Fort Monmouth, N.J., made the award through the CSTP Blanket Purchase Agreement contract.
DataPath's COTM solutions, including MobiLink, have been demonstrated for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Navy as well as U.S. government agencies. Learn more about DataPath's COTM solutions at http://www.datapath.com/cotm or contact [email protected] for more information and to arrange a demonstration at the MILCOM conference, booth 919, Nov. 17-19, 2008, in San Diego, Ca.
About DataPath, Inc.
DataPath(R) is a global leader in creating satellite-based network solutions that solve customers' toughest communications challenges. We specialize in enabling highly complex, video-intensive communications networks that are critical to the operations of military, civilian government and commercial organizations. Even in the most urgent time frames and extreme conditions, we establish and maintain communications anywhere and deliver total network control through our communications solutions, MaxView(R) network control software and comprehensive services. SWE-DISH Satellite Systems AB, a Stockholm-based, global leader in the design and manufacture of mobile satellite communications systems, is a wholly owned subsidiary. DataPath is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., U.S.A. and operates via more than two dozen offices and distributor locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.datapath.com/.
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