Connected patrol and tactical vehicles demonstrate always-connected mobility
Kymeta, a leader in flat-panel satellite antennas enabling always-on mobile broadband, and Microsoft showcase simultaneous land mobile, maritime defence and first responder demonstrations during SOFIC, jointly demonstrating end-to-end communications and network on the edge with Microsoft’s patrol and tactical vehicles featuring cutting-edge hardware, software, Windows Apportals, Azure Cloud integration, and connectivity to the Internet of Things (IoT), all connected using a flat-panel, satellite Kymeta KyWay Terminal.
“Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services can be locally replicated in a deployed environment such as a patrol vehicle, firehouse or command post, and can significantly enhance the capabilities of first responders and defense users, especially when using drones, robots and IoT devices. Combined with Microsoft Artificial Intelligence tools, this forms the intelligent edge, enabled by Microsoft and Kymeta,” Scott Montgomery, Senior Industry Solution Manager, Microsoft, explains. “This is a huge leap forward provided by the combined Microsoft-Kymeta solution, using Kymeta’s advanced flat-panel satellite antenna technology to enable reliable mobile communications in a way that has never been done before.”
“Kymeta is providing a dependable, flexible, on-the-move satellite connectivity solution that defense and first responder organizations can rely on,” David Kervin, General Manager and SVP, Kymeta Solutions, continues. “Our ability to move communications, video, audio and other sensor data to the Azure cloud, via Kymeta satellite terminals, provides an always-connected experience, regardless of how remote the location, or how congested or unavailable a terrestrial cellular network may become. This represents a significant advancement in operational tactics, situational awareness, and command and control, enabled by Kymeta’s revolutionary KyWay satellite terminal and Microsoft Azure at the edge.”
Microsoft built a Chevrolet Suburban Tactical Vehicle for demonstration purposes featuring a Kymeta KyWay Terminal for always-on connectivity outside the Tampa Convention Center and Microsoft yacht at the Tampa Convention Center water taxi dock, while KyWay satellite terminal solutions are displayed in the Kymeta booth #132. Furthermore the Nomad GCS Tactical Command Vehicle can be seen outside the Tampa Convention Center in booth #SD37 and further Kymeta technology with CopaSAT in booth #812 and with ADS, Inc. in booth #520.