Hanover, Germany. 9th June 2015 – IPcopter, a leading German provider of satellite based solutions for broadcasters, enterprises and the emergency services, and partner of Eutelsat Broadband, today unveiled its innovative auto-pointing antenna system Drive Away Skyhook II at Interschutz 2015 (Halle 25, Stand G24/1). The new system will allow emergency services vehicles to rapidly establish communications when mobile or fixed line telecommunications are congested or out of operation. Complementary to critical and mobile communication infrastructures, fire, police and rescue services will use the satellite solution for secure and reliable communications between operational sites and central control rooms.
The compact and light auto-pointing system is designed for Eutelsat Broadband’s high performance satellite broadband services tooway™ and NewsSpotter. It is based on Europe’s most powerful satellite platform KA-SAT. The new system consists of a modem, a router and an auto-pointing satellite antenna. The stable antenna unit is mounted on the roof of vehicles in operation. Including the auto-pointing unit, its weight is just 14 kg. The auto-pointing unit allows the very fast and precise, full-automatic alignment of the foldable antenna to the KA-SAT satellite using just two simple buttons. The antenna is connected via a single cable to the indoor unit in the vehicle.
IPcopter offers the new antenna system as a complete solution with Internet access out of the box. The company offers two alternative access services. Broadband access on a Best Effort Basis provides download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and an upload speed of 4 Mbps. The alternative service is NewsSpotter; where the user can reserve a dedicated connection via booking.ipcopter.com. This service offers upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps. IPcopter recommends the NewsSpotter service for live HD video feeds or for dedicated Internet access in emergency scenarios.
IPcopter NewsSpotter units were recently in use at the G7 summit last weekend in Elmau, in Bavaria, Germany. There were around ten systems in operation or available as back-up to guarantee secure communication connections with the outside world if demonstrators attacked the local mobile infrastructures.