Gilat, the Israeli satellite communications equipment company, has been selected by the Local Authorities Satellite Communications (LASCOM), an agency of the Japanese government, to help provide a disaster response emergency communications platform along with the SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.
This multi-million-dollar project will deliver a next-generation disaster response platform to Japan’s forty-seven prefectures to ensure essential communication services for the people of Japan in case of disaster.
“We are grateful for the trust that LASCOM has placed in Gilat for their next generation disaster-recovery platform, and in partnership with JSAT we will ensure that the Japanese people will have the essential communication services up in case of any disaster,” said Abhay Kumar, Regional Vice President Asia and North America for Gilat. “As Japan is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, the selection of Gilat for such a critical network is a great tribute and proof of the resilience of Gilat’s network to deliver reliable high throughput services in cases of emergency.”
Specifically, LASCOM selected SkyEdge II-c, Gilat’s stable multi-service platform, and its modems, to provide reliability and breadth of services to be deployed in case of disaster. Redundant hubs will be deployed in two different locations and thousands of VSATs will be deployed throughout all of Japan’s regions.
For this use in disaster response, LASCOM required a highly secure, bandwidth efficient, multi-service system capable of integration into its wider network, to provide very high throughput, quality, and resilience. The network will reliably deliver an array of services to prefectural and local governments, individuals, and first responders, to include voice services, video feeds from disaster sites, video multicasts to local sites, emergency alerts, mobility services, and data services.