New satellite technology from Primetech

The balance between updating technology for incident command units
while managing budgets is an unenviable task. The public demands that
responders have the latest technology, but are always questioning the
overall cost. It is essential, therefore, that the most cost-effective
options are utilised.

Sep 16, 2010
By Paul Jacques
Police-recorded hate crimes in England and Wales. PA Graphic. Source Home Office. Figure for 2019/20 not included due to missing data.

The balance between updating technology for incident command units while managing budgets is an unenviable task. The public demands that responders have the latest technology, but are always questioning the overall cost. It is essential, therefore, that the most cost-effective options are utilised.

Primetech, specialists in mobile satellite, rugged computers and secure wi-fi, has introduced Micro-Sat Lite – advanced, affordable, rapid-deployment satellite technology.  

The new Micro-Sat Lite brings affordable, minimal-weight satellite broadband technology to vehicles, either as new installations or, more importantly in the current economic climate, for quickly retro-fitting to existing vehicles. For any of the Emergency Services, this means easy installation onto the roof bars of smaller, more agile rapid response vehicles as well as the larger, heavy-load carrying incident command and control vehicles

Extremely simple to operate, the low-profile, fully-automated, self-seeking satellite system weighs just 18kg; compare this with some satellite systems weighing between 60-100kg.

“If 40kgs can be freed-up by installing a lighter satellite system which actually improves, rather than compromises, performance, then the Micro-Sat Lite is an obvious choice” explains Henry Walker, director of Primetech.

The Micro-Sat Lite, which does not require a computer or laptop to assist with deployment, is operated by the push of a single button and has possibly the fastest pointing system in the UK, typically taking just 40 seconds to acquire its target spacecraft.

With its 80cm antenna and powerful 6W BUC, it ensures that high-speed satellite broadband can be delivered anywhere in the UK and Republic of Ireland. This enables personnel to gain secure Internet access via a UK-located ‘earth station’, and establish vital communication to and from operational headquarters and command – even in the most hostile environments.

There has been a fantastic reception to the Micro-Sat Lite in the industry. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has installed the system in its Mercedes Vito IT, Telecoms and Resilience Support Vehicle. It has also been incorporated into the upgrade of Kent Police’s Incident Command Vehicle.

Micro-Sat Lite is also proving beneficial beyond the ‘blue light’ arena. It has already been commissioned in two separate mobile library contracts with Kirklees and Lincolnshire councils, where the speed to set up Internet access for customers is crucial. BT has also evaluated the Micro-Sat Lite and placed orders for its inclusion into a UK National Corporation’s incident command units due to its weight and capability.

Primetech is exhibiting at The Emergency Services Show on November 24-25 at Stoneleigh Park.

For a demonstration of Micro-Sat Lite and to view Primetech’s full product range visit Stand Number 231.

For further information:
Tel: 08453 455734
Web: www.primetech.co.uk

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