Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hughes Develops Satellite-based Government Crisis Network

Hughes Network Systems has leveraged its SPACEWAY 3 satellite to launch a new Inter-Government Crisis Network (IGCN) service that enables government agencies to communicate securely and reliably in preparing for and responding to an emergency --- when terrestrial networks are most vulnerable to failure.

IGCN provides broadband connectivity throughout North America for federal, state, and local government agencies. The service offers the capability to instantly create any number of user groups on demand when a crisis hits. It also supports multiple classes of service, including Constant Bit Rate (CBR) applications such as voice, video-conferencing, and new high-definition telepresence application. The satellite ensures true alternate path, redundant networking.

IGCN is available from Hughes via the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) SATCOM-II and Networx contract vehicles, GSA Schedule 70, and trusted partners.

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