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Kratos launches new satellite interference monitoring products

Photograph courtesy of Newtec.
Photograph courtesy of Newtec.

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on 8 September 2016 the release of Monics® Enterprise, one of two new additions to its Monics family of industry leading satellite carrier monitoring and interference mitigation solutions.

Monics Enterprise was developed to provide satellite and network operators with a solution to the increasingly complex process of monitoring and detecting Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) created by hundreds of Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites, thousands of emerging small satellites and millions of VSAT terminals. It includes new features to control user access to applications and space segments, as well as an exclusive map-based display of global satellite operations.

Monics Enterprise provides advanced User Access Control (UAC) capabilities to restrict or enable application access based on Windows authentication to more than 35 monitoring application features. This enables more robust monitoring strategies and new workforce processes, especially when centrally managing distributed environments.  UAC can also deliver new levels of service satisfaction by enabling satellite operators to provide their customers with visibility into the space segment resources they are using. Advanced security features means that Monics customers can limit the real-time visibility of their clients to their own space segments.

Additionally, Monics Enterprise’s exclusive global map-based display of satellite operations greatly reduces the time between recognition of an issue and its resolution, and optimizes workforce productivity by highlighting beams as they overlay on the ground in relation to the location of a Monics monitoring site. This delivers easy, one-click actions to hide and restore all map elements from view.

Context menus are accessible from affected beams that facilitate rapid alarm filtering and direct access to signals of interest.

Intelsat, a long term Monics NET user, recently began using Monics Enterprise to monitor performance and detect interference across its entire fleet, including the company’s new EpicNG high-performance, next-generation satellites. The EpicNG platform is an innovative approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing C-, Ku- and Ka-bands; wide beams, spot beams, and frequency reuse technology to provide a host of customer-centric benefits.

According to Butch Philbrick, VP Network Operations, “Intelsat’s growing satellite fleet of Fixed Service Satellites (FSS), High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and hybrid wide beam/spot beam satellites presents us with more complex resource management challenges, requiring greater insights. Monics Enterprise helps us master those challenges with greater control of our workforce processes and better visualization into real time operations.”

Kratos is a leading technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies’ national security.  Kratos is the industry leader in high performance unmanned aerial drone target systems used to test weapon systems and to train the warfighter, and is a provider of high performance unmanned combat aerial systems for force multiplication and amplification.  Kratos is also an industry leader in satellite communications, microwave electronics, cyber security and warfare, missile defense and combat systems.  Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 2,800. Substantially all of Kratos’ work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos’ primary end customers are National Security related agencies.

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