Low Profile BGAN transforms the future of discreet operations

Field operatives can now benefit from the latest in covert surveillance technologies

5 November 2014 – Government departments and police forces around the world can now benefit from the latest in discreet communications with the launch of Low Profile Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN). Consisting of a rapidly deployable lay-flat antenna and a robust, remotely operable BGAN terminal which will work even when buried under sand, Low Profile BGAN is the only solution which allows unmanned, concealed surveillance in real-time.

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) is unveiling the new Low Profile BGAN at Global MilSatCom, the leading military satellite communications conference and exhibition, in London.

“Low Profile BGAN enables border forces, police, internal security departments and the military to extend the reach of their surveillance networks into areas where manned observation posts would be impractical, unsafe or simply not cost effective,” said Andy Start, President of Inmarsat Global Government. “This is the perfect solution to covert installations on embassy buildings and other settings which require an alternative communications solution and where an antenna cannot be visible.”

The proven reliability of Inmarsat’s global BGAN service, combined with a lay-flat, rapidly deployable antenna which can be completely camouflaged is what makes the Low Profile BGAN a transformational product. Manufactured by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the terminal is connected to existing surveillance equipment and can lie dormant until woken by an event or user command.

“Low Profile BGAN is ideal for use in remote hostile situations, and demonstrates Inmarsat Global Government’s and Hughes’ commitment to maximising operational cost effectiveness while minimising the exposure of personnel to risk,” said Bill Lindsay, Senior Programme Director at Hughes.

Inmarsat‘s commitment to providing new products and services designed for government market needs has driven the development of the Low Profile BGAN—allowing global high-speed IP surveillance connectivity and changing the future of discreet operations.

NSSLGlobal and partner company, ESL are the largest Inmarsat supplier to European military for commercial satellite communications and commented on the LPB: “We recently introduced the Low Profile BGAN during an event to government and military personnel. It received a great deal of interest due to its covert surveillance capabilities.”

For further information

Jonathan Sinnatt
Head of Corporate Communications
Inmarsat
+44 (0)20 7728 1935
jonathan.sinnatt@inmarsat.com
Katie Potts
PR Manager
Inmarsat
+44 (0)20 7728 1492
katie.potts@inmarsat.com

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on Twitter @InmarsatGlobal.

About Hughes

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 4 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.