Wessex Water said it has implemented a high-availability Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) solution from Hughes Europe, the European operating and sales organization of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) subsidiary Hughes Network Systems, LLC, to support rapid deployment of its mobile emergency response units in remote areas when disaster strikes, such as flooding.
Wessex Water provides water and sewage treatment services to 1.3m people across South West England. The company´s emergency response team previously lacked a unified communications system that could operate in areas with little or no wireless 3G coverage. At the same time, Wessex Water was unable to synchronize communications between their mobile units and the HQ Command Centre in areas of limited 3G coverage.
To ensure there is no loss of connectivity, the Hughes solution employs its advanced 9450-C11 mobile satellite terminal operating over the Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network), with automatic failover from 3G service. It also includes a COTM platform, which synchronizes mobile devices and ensures that no time is lost, both on-site and between jobs. The solution includes Quality of Service through Inmarsat and managed services from Hughes via a first-line helpdesk fully integrated with the existing Wessex Water network.
Hughes Europe is the European operating and sales organization for Hughes Network Systems, with facilities in Germany, the UK, and Italy. For more information, visit www.hugheseurope.com.
Hughes Network Systems is the world´s provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. For additional information about Hughes, visit www.hughes.com.