Recognising the importance of connectivity, Paramount Advanced Technologies (PAT) is expanding into the communications sector and offering a range of new technologies and solutions.
Launching the new communications offerings earlier this month, PAT CEO Ralph Mills said the move was part of remaining at the leading edge of an ever changing technical and competitive environment. Mills said PAT has realised the need for integrated communications in all solutions, prompting the company to get into this space. But instead of building hardware from scratch, PAT is collaborating with other companies. Partners include Hytera, Codan, DTC, Sat-Com, Intelsat, ND SatCom, Rohde & Schwarz and Inmarsat. Mills said there are so many platforms out there it is no longer necessary to build one’s own but rather easier to collaborate. This reduces time to market significantly. “If you’re not collaborating you will soon be irrelevant,” he said.
One of the things PAT is offering is RoIP (Radio over Internet Protocol). This allows any V/UHF radios to be linked to satellite communications, giving them worldwide range. Smartphones can also be integrated. Inmarsat is providing its L-TAC space-based repeater for this capability – this can use many different types of radio – it just needs a modem and satellite communications antennas.
Such satellite boosted V/UHF communications have been deployed in places like Cameroon and are ideal for special forces applications. PAT said nearly 50 militaries around the world are using this technology.
However, such communications technology is not just applicable to the military but can be used by first responders and other entities. PAT is offering its voice and data communications capabilities for a wide range of applications, such as oil and gas protection, border security, standard military communications etc.
Additionally, PAT demonstrated the DTC meshed tactical communications solution which provides for robust communications in harsh propagation environments using Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM). This solution can be deployed in airborne, land and maritime environments as well as any combination thereof.