February 23, 2017
Virtual Network Communications and Tampa Microwave have completed testing of a rapidly deployable LTE mobile networking solution via satellite. The solution combines VNC’s vCore Instant and Tampa Microwave’s high-throughput SATCOM terminal, connecting with the VNC’s vCore Instant Backpack-based LTE Rapid Deployable. The private network solution can be deployed virtually anywhere, making it ideal for tactical, emergency response networks such as defense, public safety, secure private networks, and the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network, according to Jim Herbert of VNC.
“The key to tactical and emergency preparedness and instant response is ensuring first responders can communicate with each other and with command and control centers to share information about the disaster and coordinate the response to it—no matter where they are located,” he said.
VNC and Tampa Microwave conducted situational testing operating on the 700 MHz public safety spectrum to validate the solution’s performance and interoperability with satellite systems. Using consumer smartphones and vehicular modems, tactical and first responders were able to communicate and share video with each other off network and with command and control center using locally controlled deployable broadband network.
“Our rapid deployable 4G/LTE secured communications solution enables the security, availability and resilience of mission-critical applications to solve this problem, which is vital to the public safety mission,” Herbert said.