Archives: March 2013
We’re delighted to announce that we have won a Best International Business Award from the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE)! The awards ceremony, hosted by ACCE in association with The Centre of Entrepreneurship of Centennial College, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Ming Pao Daily News, was held March 23, 2013 and awards were announced for excellence in a range of categories including innovation and community service.
The purpose of the awards is to promote entrepreneurship in the Chinese Canadian community, recognize the contributions of Chinese Canadian entrepreneurs, encourage new business start-up and promote social responsibility in entrepreneurs.
Norsat President & CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a child, and was thrilled with the win. Although she was unable to attend, representatives from Sinclair Technologies accepted the award on behalf of Amiee and the whole Norsat team.
We’re pleased to be recognized for our contributions to international business, and to the Chinese Canadian community. Congratulations to our fellow winners and thanks to ACCE for the honour.
ACCE Awards Gala Media
Video of Norsat’s win begins at 3:30
We had a great turn out at Satellite 2013, and wish to thank all of our customers and visitors for stopping by and giving us valuable feedback. It was great to see you and we value your loyalty and support. A few highlights from the event include:
- The announcement of our new partnership with O3b and the unveiling of our first product designed for O3B’s new network. We had a great response the news of our O3b BUC launch and many of you were surprised and excited to see a COTS product 2 months before service launch. We were pleased to show the same BUC that will be powering a large maritime deployment in the summer of 2013.
- The debut demonstration of our newly launched GLOBETrekker 2.0 fly-away satellite terminal. We were pleased to see that GLOBETrekker was star of the booth, with many military and civilian organizations interested in its portable yet rugged design, easy-to-use interface, and multiple band support.
- LinkControl software, which supports most of our satellite terminals, was available to demo alongside GLOBETrekker, and proved to be particularly popular due to its feature rich capabilities and easy to use interface. LinkControl now includes an automated troubleshooting system; and you can see this system in action, in our brand new video demo.
- In January this year we launched Sentinel RMC, an M2M solution designed for remote site monitoring and control in the Oil & Gas industry, and Satellite 2013 was our first chance to show off its capabilities. We are extremely proud of this turnkey solution and very pleased with the positive response from visitors.
Event Photos of Norsat at Satellite 2013
LinkControl™ software includes an automated trouble-shooting and resolution system to mitigate any unexpected glitches that arise as you deploy your terminal in the field. Whether it’s a disconnected cable, a faulty component, or an unavailable satellite, watch how LinkControl makes identifying and correcting problems easy.
To learn more about LinkControl software and its powerful suite of satellite pointing tools, please contact us.
The cost of deploying satellite connectivity has never been lower. With more bandwidth available than ever before, the cost of network services has dropped to levels that are well below that of terrestrial data connectivity only 10 years ago. The low cost of connectivity combined with the steady reduction in equipment prices make VSAT solutions an affordable alternative where terrestrial service requires a redundant backup, or does not yet exist.
Despite the affordability of the services, challenges remain for organizations deploying VSAT solutions today. Packaged bundles often seek to provide “good enough” capabilities but rarely deliver the best installer or user experience. Some issues that we have heard from our customers regarding VSAT deployment include:
- Mismatched components that do not work well together. This results in long installation times and poor service delivery. This problem is illustrated when powering a BUC from a modem that does not provide adequate power. While the installation may look fine, the transmit connection will not be stable.
- Poorly designed antennas. These may be cheap to buy but may not offer the strength required to support the LNB and BUC. These antennas often prove difficult to assemble and aim, and perform poorly in harsh conditions. This can result in much longer installation times, increased repair costs in the long term, and poor service delivery.
- Large packaging. Bulky packaging creates problems when transporting terminals to remote areas, especially where 4×4 or helicopter access is required. Costs for large deployments can vary dramatically if units are delivered one at a time.
The Norsat VSAT Advantage
At Norsat we are always looking for new ways to help our customers meet their communication challenges and so we are working closely with our industry partners to define a flexible and reliable VSAT solution that does not compromise quality for price. Today we can offer a selection of microwave products that work well in any VSAT application and we continue our research and development work to provide a complete VSAT solution that is easy to buy, install, service, and use.
Thinking about a VSAT deployment? Have unique requirements in your project? Please contact us to see how we can help.