There was a number of key objectives that are provided by the Fijosat project. These objectives are as follows,
- Security: - The solution will meet the highest standards in terms of its encrypted connectivity over satellite.
- Adaptability: - The solution is product-agnostic and it can access any client IP equipment regardless of manufacturer.
- Cost Effectiveness: - The solution can reduce remote access and support costs by up to 85% by clearing faults remotely thus leaving engineers to deal with issues that require on-site presence only.
- To deliver secure remote services where there is No dedicated digital line required: The solution does not require a dedicated line or dedicated VPN setup which represents an enormous saving to our clients and their customers’ year-on-year.
The product uses new BGAN radio modules. IP device management demands a reasonably high data rate consistent with traditional ISDN-type services. This can be provided with BGAN services.
This development will integrate the various network access technologies, including satellite, in a single product solution providing business continuity for our customers.
The Fijosat development allows us deliver a more versatile product into the market, thereby disrupting the incumbent companies by,
- Reduction in installation costs
- Securing communications management (using our patented connectivity solution)
- Providing operational oversight and reduced cost of ownership
- It eliminates unnecessary call-outs
- It is simple to install
- It is totally secure
- It requires NO CUSTOMER intervention
- All control decisions are made by the Fijowave Portal Appliance, which can only be interacted with through specific, secured interfaces
- Secure communications
- TLS, SSH2, AES encryption
- No requirements for custom firewall settings
- Authentication and Authorization
- Each Fijosat will have a unique public key fingerprint used to authenticate it with the Portal server
- Pre-shared public key authorizes the Portal server connection to Fijosat.
- User account monitoring and continuous auditing
- Session audit trailing
- Scaling - Portal server can be horizontally scaled across multiple physical servers and managed internally by a private, un-routed, network, providing redundancy and geographic resilience.
The on-premises product consists of a hybrid satellite/cellular device. The main components of the product are,
- BGAN Radio module (INMARSAT BRM)
- Cellular radio module (2G, 3G, LTE)
- GNSS receiver
- Wi-Fi transceiver (up to 802.11 ac)
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports one with PoE
- Linux core on ARM
This device connects to the Fijowave Portal which securely manages access to the IP based equipment on the remote customer site
- Baseline Design Review (BDR) – November 16th 2017
- Critical Design Review (CDR) – July 5th 2018
- Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) – 25th January 2019
- System Deployment Acceptance (SDA) – 8th March 2019
- Final Report Meeting (FR) – June 4th 2019
The project has completed its initial requirements capture process,
- 3rd Party BGAN terminals have been validated on the Fijoport System
- Preliminary connectivity has been verified using the Inmarsat BRM developer kit
- The BDR milestone meeting has been successfully completed with ESA on 16th November 2017.
- Antenna and front-end module designs have been initially assessed
- Compliance requirements have been reviewed face to face with Inmarsat and the associated scope of work and compliance requirements discussed.