Low Earth Orbit satellites, fiber-like services
Low Earth Orbit satellites circle the earth at a distance of about 1000km, whereas typical VSAT satellites are Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) fly at a distance of about 36,000km . This lower distance reduces the latency delay tenfold. Latency is the time it takes for your data to complete a round trip (RTD), going from earth to satellite and back again. GEO latency is around 600 milliseconds (ms) while LEO will be around 60ms and signal power balance will improve dramatically. All this leads to much lower price per Mbps and much better internet experience. The new LEO satellite constellations will become a game changer for various applications such as Internet browsing, online chatting, Voice over IP (VoIP), gaming and High Frequency Trading (HFT).
USV’s, vessels that operate as remotely controlled systems
Unmanned Surface Vehicles or USV´s are vessels that operate as remotely controlled systems, but that at a later stage may become completely autonomous systems. USV´s generally require robust communications to allow command and control as well as data handling to operate the various sensors, such as cameras, radars, samplers, etc. The live stream from these sensors provides crucial situational awareness whilst also ensuring it can conduct its primary activity such as collection of water samples, scanning deep-sea floor-beds or delivering mission payloads.
The benefits of providing high-speed low latency connectivity are essential in the performance of remote operations. At present, the limitations regarding object detection/identification, collision avoidance and current regulatory framework result in the need for a human element, but these limitations are about to be solved. USV’s will reduce operating costs dramatically. Some of the USV projects that we are involved in: SEA-KIT, XOcean, etc.
Remote Control ROV
Remotely Operated Vehicles, underwater robots/devices
ROV’s are underwater robots/devices that are normally tethered via a series of cables to a vessel. These units are operated by specialised crew either located onboard or from a distant land based site. OmniAccess provides ROV Operators with the ultra-reliable, flexible and large bandwidth links that are necessary for remote ROV operations. The ability for vessels with ROV operations to be satellite linked allow undersea operations to be performed by pilots located several thousand miles away at a shore based location. This provides greater safety as well as more cost-effective operations.
For example, we are involved in DexROV, a remotely operated ROV solution with delocalized supervision for deep sea inspection and maintenance interventions in energy (oil & gas, wind farms, tidal power), communication infrastructures, science (geology and biology), archaeology, wreck recovery, etc.
More about DEXROV
Solar powered mobile VSAT WiFi network
Solar powered Mobile VSAT wifi network
We have developed an easy-to-deploy mobile VSAT antenna solution. The combination of this with other modular aspects, such as the option to operate directly off solar power cells, will allow for the easy setup of a mesh wireless WiFi network in some of the most remote and inaccessible locations, all this dependent on available sunlight of course.
High-throughput satellite, reducing cost-per-bit
‘High-throughput satellite (HTS) are communications satellites providing a factor of 20 or more the total throughput of a classic FSS satellite for the same amount of allocated orbital spectrum thus significantly reducing cost-per-bit’.
‘High-throughput satellites will supply at least 1.34 TB/s of aggregated capacity by 2020.
OmniAccess pioneered HTS based services when the very first satellites were launched.
Flexible VSAT and multibeam systems providing real-time data
Combining flexible VSAT services and latest developments in hydrographic systems for the purpose of real-time surveys and transferring daily data back to the office for further processing and in helping decision taking.
The surveyor has the ability to scale the amount and frequency of information, to match the amount of bandwidth available and many resources can be moved onshore.
• Reducing need for having senior processing staff on the vessels by providing real-time access to the data back on the shore.
• Transferring the survey data each day back to shore to support further research.
• Increasing efficiency and enabling rapid decision making from office, saving on resurvey work. Allows resources to be work on multiple projects.
Present us with your challenge
Remote locations, high bandwidth needs, upstream traffic priority, low latency, ROV’s, autonomous vessels, solar powered networks, etc, are just a few examples of the challenges we have been faced with.
Present us with your project and we will endeavour to find a custom solution. Below are a few references of our successful custom solutions.
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is the United Kingdom’s national Antarctic operation.
The R/V Petrel is an underwater research and exploration vessel used specifically to locate historically significant shipwrecks and explore underwater ecosystem.
The goal of the project is to be the leading oceanographic research and exploration ship, with a specific focus on climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing/bycatch, and plastic pollution.