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Prototype Advanced Compact Terminal for land mobile applications showcased at MWC19 Barcelona

Washington, DC & Barcelona, 26 February, 2019: Phasor, the leading developer of enterprise-grade electronically-steered antenna (ESA) systems for satellite based mobile broadband applications has announced that visitors to the Mobile World Congress (MWC19) in Barcelona can get their first glimpse of its land mobile Advanced Compact Terminal (ACT)  for connected emergency vehicles from partner, HISPASAT.

The satellite operator is participating in a demonstrator of a 5G & satellite communications (satcom) connected ambulance at the stand of the Generalitat de Catalunya, showing how future satellite and cellular-based hybrid connectivity will make it easier for emergency medical personnel to receive instructions from specialists in a hospital enabling a full ubiquitous audio-visual connection between the vehicle and the hospital. This will allow the specialist to monitor the patient’s status in real time, which may be key to their survival and subsequent recovery. 

An ambulance equipped with Phasor’s Advanced Compact Terminal, will enable the crew to connect via satellite so that the first responder team may use applications such as video teleconference, real-time operational telematics links and high-quality Internet access during the journey to the hospital, regardless of their location or access to terrestrial networks. The ACT including an ESA, which is designed and in-development by Phasor in cooperation with HISPASAT, has full electronic steering and enables mobile connectivity services to be efficiently and reliably offered with high bandwidth. 

The demonstration will involve an ambulance setting where a ‘patient’ suffering from pneumothorax is urgently transferred to the hospital. In the 5G ecosystem, terrestrial and satellite connections are combined to ensure permanent connectivity of the ambulance during its entire journey so that the specialists can guide the transfer from the hospital and implement the most appropriate medical protocol based on the critical parameters received.

“This demonstration shows just how essential mobile satellite broadband connectivity is in this type of mission-critical environment,” said David Helfgott, CEO, Phasor. “A hybrid network approach (5G + satcom) is essential for highly reliable land-mobile connectivity. Without satellite technology, to close the gaps in terrestrial networks in what is literally a fast-moving situation, patient’s lives could be put at risk.”   

Phasor’s ACT with a smart solid-state antenna, is just 5cm tall that tracks satellite signals electronically in a flat, ultra-low profile design, and is well suited to support traditional fixed satellite networks (FSS), High Throughput Satellites (HTS), Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) satellite networks. 

The connected ambulance demonstrator is located at the stand of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Hall 4YFN Montjuic Hall M8.