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Intellian launches multi-band antennas

Intellian has introduced the v240M, a 2.4m multi-band maritime antenna providing fully automatic switching between Ku-band and C-band.

The new system allows ships’ crews to avoid having to physically change antenna components to achieve a band change or switch between multiple antennas.

The antenna manufacturer says that its engineers have overcome this problem through the use of built-in software and hardware which automatically switches between Ku-band and C-band, requiring no technical intervention.

On deck the 2.4m antenna is protected by a radome, which contains the Ku-band RF System, C-Band RF System, Antenna Control System and Power Supply Units. An optional air conditioning unit can be installed.

Below deck the antenna control unit is interfaced with ship information systems, such as a gyro.

The onboard unit can be controlled remotely via Intellian’s App ‘APTUS’. A graphical dashboard allows logging, recording and fine-tuning of the antenna for optimum performance.

In addition to the v240M, Intellian has also introduced a Ku-/Ka-band TV antenna, the s80HD WorldView TVRO. The 83cm dish simultaneously receives two Ka-band satellite signals and one Ku-band signal for DIRECTV North American programming, enabling all channels to be watched simultaneously.

This will allow the user to have access to HD TV in the Mediterranean as well as when travelling to and from the Caribbean and in North America.

Intellian says that it is simple to set up, as the user only needs to select a satellite television provider and connect to a satellite receiver to enable the WorldView Trio LNB to automatically switch frequency, depending on the region the antenna is operating in.

An Intellian App is available for download to enable users to select their preferred TV satellite whilst travelling from region to region, and operate their antenna from an iPhone, iPad or their chosen device.

In related news, Intellian has also announced that its own range of FleetBroadband terminals has now been approved for use with XpressLink, Inmarsat’s Ku-band and L-band solution that utilises both VSAT and FleetBroadband terminals.

XpressLink provides broadband data and voice connectivity across a redundant service for a fixed monthly fee. It also offers a free upgrade path to Global Xpress, the forthcoming Ka-band which Inmarsat says will achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014.

“We have been working in partnership with Intellian since 2011 and are pleased now to be able to offer their high quality FleetBroadband terminals to XpressLink users,” said Frank Coles, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“XpressLink has achieved great success in meeting the needs of ship owners thirsting for the broadband data speeds of VSAT combined with the reliability of L-band. Today, we are able to add the dependability and long term security of Intellian FleetBroadband terminals to the XpressLink offering.”

Intellian and Inmarsat partnered in 2011 to begin development of Ka-band terminals for Global Xpress. The companies have since expanded the partnership and in March Intellian unveiled three new terminals designed to support all FleetBroadband services. 

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    The v85NX, which is the first 85cm antenna to be certified on the Thor 7 network, will benefit from the same airtime pricing as 1m antennas. As service provision for smaller antennas is usually more expensive owing to their lower gain, this recognises the performance of the v85NX and makes it a competitive choice for customers looking for a compact design with low capital and operational expenditure.

    Offering up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams, the Thor 7 service is designed to provide optimal HTS Ka-band VSAT connectivity across Europe, covering busy shipping lanes in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

    Jan Hetland, director, Data Service Division at Telenor Satellite, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Intellian’s v85NX antenna to our leading Thor 7 service. A satellite service providing high-powered performance for maritime applications requires premium hardware, and Intellian’s NX Series systems have a range of attributes which position them at the forefront of antenna technology, reflecting Telenor Satellite’s forward-looking service provision. We look forward to working together in delivering outstanding global communications to our loyal customers.”

    A major advantage of the RF design of NX Series antennas is that dual antennas, often employed to avoid the satellite being obstructed by vessel superstructure, may be easily configured thanks to the mediator built into the ACU. Before, a separate mediator unit was required. The antennas can be easily converted between Ku- and Ka-band by swapping out the centre-mounted RF assembly and feed, and there is also a range of BUC options – 5W and 10W for Ka-band and from 8W to 25W for Ku-band – which are interchangeable with no need to rebalance the system following their installation.

    Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented: “This certification from Telenor Satellite, and the competitive price bracket in which Telenor has placed the v85NX, underlines the performance and versatility of our NX Series antennas. New customers can purchase a v85NX antenna pre-configured for Ka-band off the shelf, while users who already own a v85NX antenna on a Ku-band network can easily convert it to Ka-band operation for use with Thor 7. We are delighted to join with Telenor in facilitating flexible, high-speed communications across Europe.”

    NX Series antennas are shipped pre-slung to facilitate installation, and the use of modular components common to the entire antenna range has cut the number of spare parts required by up to 40 per cent. This in turn simplifies maintenance, enhances reliability and brings about further cost savings for end users.

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