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ALUSAT aims to optimise the operation of 2-way satellite networks by enabling maintenance procedures which minimize operational costs caused by service failures. This will maximise network availability and end user satisfaction.
ALUSAT combines traditional equipment management with spectrum monitoring and measurement in a new way to accurately derive the SIT status and recover, under certain conditions, of out-of-service or service-degraded SITs.
Besides providing a valuable tool for the operations staff, ALUSAT brings a new added value to the network operator:
ALUSAT implements the key functionalities of a Network Management System for Broadband Satellite Networks. Deployed at the Networks Operation Center (NOC) site, it automatically checks the uplink and downlink health of the SIT population at radio level, collecting additionally relevant configuration and performance information.
Special attention is paid to the transmit capability of the SIT, which is much more prone to disarrangements than the receive one due to the higher precision required for antenna pointing in order to achieve the required link quality.
|The primary networks targeted are low cost broadband satellite networks with sub-optimal terminal components (prone to disarrangements/ degradation), which are expected to support large subscriber communities with affordable services. |
Particular attention will be paid to networks based on the DVB-RCS standard, of which the project is expected to influence, with contributions on network management issues delivered through the Satlabs Group (http://satlabs.org).
The work plan includes requirements definition, design, development and validation during the one year project duration. A suitable commercial strategy will be defined and refined in parallel to the development phase for the proper positioning of ALUSAT in the satellite broadband business.
According to the project plan the final review and acceptance took place in December. A first business success will be achieved when the system is deployed at Hispasat.