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Spacenet Inc. has debuted their new ION™ instant VSAT communications solution. The self-contained and ruggedized field kit enables rapid deployment of complete converged communications via satellite (VSAT) for emergency response teams and remote industrial operations such as oil rigs, mines, or construction sites. ION is available immediately with Spacenet's commercial grade Connexstar™ service, offering a turnkey voice, video, and broadband data solution. ION can also be deployed as part of a custom developed satellite network. Spacenet currently offers similar transportable communications solutions to a number of government organizations including a law enforcement agency, hospital association, department of transportation, and port authority. Designed with emergency response personnel in mind, Spacenet's ION is easily carried and deployed by one or two people, can be checked as luggage aboard commercial airlines, or integrated into a mobile command vehicle. Once on-site, the package provides a full range of high performance communications services, including direct connection for up to 6 lines to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), broadband Internet access at speeds up to 3Mbps, and support for two-way video conferencing or surveillance — all through a commercial grade satellite network.

ION is available in two form factors, the 2100 series and 1100 series. The ION 2100 is designed primarily for emergency response mobile units in need of communications for shorter durations and employs a push button auto-acquire satellite antenna that can be operational in less than 10 minutes. The ION 1100, intended for deployments of a few weeks to several months, uses a manually deployed VSAT antenna system for semi-fixed locations. Both ION products integrate with Spacenet's pre-packaged Connexstar and custom satellite services, and are available with full-time or part-time service plans.


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