European Space Agency

Objectives

UBISAT uses micro cell and satellite technology to dramatically reduce the capital expenditure required to deploy cellular coverage to remote areas.

The UBISAT system will use the satellite network to connect services at the remote site to remote macro or private networks as required, thereby offering seamless connection for those on the UBISAT network for in-cell calls and off network calls.

UBISAT is specifically targeted at the enterprise segment operating in very remote locations offering the following key benefits:

  • Dedicated cellular network coverage,
  • Defined quality of service (QoS) within the remote enterprise domain,
  • Applications that will integrate with industry work flow processes,
  • Integration with fix line (PBX & VoIP) communications infrastructure,
  • Resilience, if the back-haul link fails UBISAT will continue to offer local mobile services.

Challenges

  • Product integration to satcom services,
  • Application performance,
  • Management system user Interface performance,
  • Relevance and efficacy of the system,
  • Quality of performance.

Benefits

  • Improved local service, which increases cellular usage at locations equipped with the technology,
  • Provision of data offload relief for the macro network – move processing overhead to the edge of the network,
  • Utilization of existing Internet Protocol (IP) backhaul technologies to reduce cost (broadband/Satellite),
  • Provision of seamless coverage throughout a location due to handoff capability and scalability,
  • Improvement in user satisfaction and increased minutes of use through compatibility with existing handsets.

Features

  • Integration with VoIP providers and local PBXs,
  • Push To Talk applications,
  • Integration with industrial alarm and monitoring processes,
  • Video monitoring applications.

Plan

  • Core 3G Design & Development,
  • Push to talk design and development,
  • Video Streaming Design & Development,
  • Man down/Lone worker design & development,
  • Handset Location based services Design & Development,
  • GUI Design & Development,
  • LTE (Long Term Evolution) development,
  • Integration to Satcom services Design & Development,
  • Major incident application design & development,
  • SMS workflow Design & Development.

Current status

The project has been completed. The final review took place in April 2015. The pilot phase was undertaken between January and February of 2015. Users have positively commented on the system and Druid Software are now readying the system for commercial launch.

The original pilot was planned to be executed within the mining industry in Canada. Due to commercial reasons this did not occur, hence we executed an alternative trial at an emergency services site in the UK. The change in the original pilot plan delayed the project and required a contract change, despite these challenges the objectives of the project have been met.

Status date

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 10:35