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SatCom Security: Whitepaper for download

24th April 2014: Researchers at, IOActive ~ a global provider of specialist information security services ~ have released a whitepaper detailing findings of an internal satcom (satellite communications)  research project. In it, it evaluates the security posture of the most widely deployed Inmarsat and Iridium satcom terminals. The firm found that malicious actors could abuse all of the devices within the scope of the study. Vulnerabilities included what appear to be backdoors, hardcoded credentials, undocumented and/or insecure protocols, and weak encryption algorithms. These vulnerabilities could allow remote, unauthenticated attackers to compromise the affected products. The findings, says the company  should serve as an initial wake-up call for both the vendors and users of the current generation of satcom technology. You can download the whitepaper here.

Satcom Direct Signs Thuraya Service Partnership Agreement

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has partnered with Satcom Direct, a US-based provider of voice and data communication services. The agreement will see Satcom Direct expand its portfolio of mobile satellite services for its enterprise, government, maritime, media and relief customers. “Thuraya’s distribution agreement with Satcom Direct strengthens our commitment to expand and diversify our customer base in the United States. Satcom Direct’s strong background in providing mobile satellite solutions for land data, maritime and aero customers accelerates our growth strategy and enables us to reach more customers in these growing sectors across our satellite footprint,” said Bilal El Hamoui, vice president of distribution at Thuraya.

Harris Awarded US Navy Broadband Satellite Comms Contract

22nd April 2014: The U.S. Navy has awarded Harris Corporation an eight-year contract valued at up to US$133 million to provide shipboard terminals that give crews access to high-bandwidth voice and data communications. Under the agreement, Harris will provide up to 120 1.3-meter terminals offering X-band operation over existing military satellites, with the option of military/commercial Ka-band operation for future deployed satellite systems. “These Harris terminals provide the Navy with access to the high-bandwidth services essential to mission-critical communications and to morale,” said Ed Zoiss, vice president and general manager, defense programs, Harris Government Communications Systems.

Strategic Partnership Networks North American Mine

17th April 2014: Sabine Mine has selected partners to install a high bandwidth kinetic mesh network technology to improve operational logistics and enhance safety at its North America surface operation. Spread out over a large area, the Sabine Mine has two active pits with four drag lines, multiple vehicles, equipment and personnel dispersed over rugged terrain. It needed a flexible, self-configuring network that could establish and maintain a secure connection across multiple moving assets with no down time. In response, it chose Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of kinetic mesh networks, and Becker Wholesale Mine Supply, the leading supplier of mining electrical products and services in the Western Hemisphere and a subsidiary of Becker Mining America, to help solve its mining broadband communication network challenges. Since this first successful installation, the company has expanded the network solution by adding 10 more nodes across the second pit.

Ensco Orders Two ENSCO 140 Series Jackups

16th April 2014: Ensco plc has ordered two high-specification jackups, ENSCO 140 and ENSCO 141. The new jackups, scheduled for delivery in mid-2016 from Lamprell’s newest shipyard located in the United Arab Emirates, will be suitable for most of the markets around the world outside of the Middle East.  They will be equipped with living quarters and 140 beds for working crews.  With this new order, Ensco now has eight newbuild rigs under construction: five premium jackups and three ultra-deepwater drillships.

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Spring 2014

The M2M, IoT & SCADA Edition


Can satellite services respond to growing oil and gas needs? Vaughan O’Grady looks at the year ahead for the remote comms sector.


ICT and the Nigerian Oil Industry:
Teresa Cottam, chief strategist at Telesperience, looks at using ICT to improve commercial, operational and employee outcomes in the Nigerian oil industry.

The names may change but the role of sat comms remains the same.
While M2M is the current darling of the big mobile providers, it has long been bread and butter for leading mobile satellite service providers. Gavan Murphy, director of marketing for EMEA and LatAm at Globalstar explains how users can get the best of both worlds with hybrid solutions.

Meet Signalhorn CEO, Robert Kubbernus, and find out more about the company’s work in the remote comms sector, and why he thinks that “the next 20 years are going to get really interesting.”

changing the conversation
Changing the conversation

Industry associations look to change the discussions surrounding the modern business of satellite communications.

Hub Urlings2014: Hub Urlings of M2sat takes a closer look at developments in the mobile satellite world ~ and what could be in store for a consolidated market.

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