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Comtech, Intellian Enhance Satellite Communication Capabilities at Sea

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Satellite Technology Feature Article

September 30, 2011

Comtech, Intellian Enhance Satellite Communication Capabilities at Sea

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor


Comtech EF Data (News - Alert) Corporation has teamed with Intellian Technologies on enabling the satellite VSAT antenna systems on maritime vessels to globally roam across multiple satellite beams.


The companies have completed the successful technology integration of the v-Series antennas and the ROSS Open Antenna Management (ROAM) protocol. This strategic technical move will maintain connectivity moving through different satellite footprints and enhancing communication capabilities at sea.

Comtech EF Data Corporation is a subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications (News - Alert)

Corporation, a global specialist in satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. Intellian delivers maritime satellite communication antenna systems.

According to a release, the ROAM protocol provides a generic set of commands, information, interfaces and status queries to offer a common management interface for Comtech EF Data's integrated location server ROSS (Roaming Oceanic (News - Alert) Satellite Server) and third-party Antenna Control Units (ACUs).

ROSS facilitates on-the-move satellite communications for oceanic vessels by working in conjunction with Comtech EF Data's Vipersat Management System. This server can enable remote modems to interface with stabilized, auto-tracking antennae, maintaining connectivity as vessels move through footprints of different satellites.

"The interoperability of the ROAM protocol and the ROSS automation with the Intellian (News - Alert) v-Series antennas will enable maritime operators to have maximum bandwidth efficiencies and roaming capabilities for their satellite-based communications at sea," said Daniel Enns, Senior Vice President Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Comtech EF Data.

"Comtech's market-leading technologies combined with our stabilized antenna systems will significantly enhance communications capabilities for the maritime market," said Eric Sung, president and CEO for Intellian Technologies.

Read a related article at TMCnet “Comtech Xicom (News - Alert) Technology Receives $1.8 Million Contract from Major System Integrator.”


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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