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Norsat Newsflash June 2016

Posted on Thursday, June 23

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Norsat Highlights

Yankees_Norsat_LNBTake Me Out to the Ball Game!
Norsat Helps Bring Yankees Games to Your Television. Read our blog here!

Norsat a Top Canadian ICT Company
Norsat ranked 95 on the Branham 300 list of Canada’s Top ICT Companies. Check out the list of top IT companies.

Norsat Ranks 89 on BC Top Tech List
Norsat International ranked 89 on the Business in Vancouver Top 100 BC Technology Companies list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. For a full list of the top 100 Tech firms click here.

Norsat President Wins Award
Norsat President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, won a University of British Columbia Applied Science Awards. Read more about this prestige honor here.

Product Spotlight

Median 40W BUC Joins Little Siblings
Norsat’s new MEDIAN 40W Ku-band BUC, along with the 16W and 25W versions announced earlier in 2016, are available in standard and extended Ku-band frequencies, and were designed with both performance and economy in mind. The 40W MEDIAN takes advantage of gallium nitride (GaN) technology to deliver high power density with high linearity. Learn more here!

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Norsat’s newest LNBs launched include the 1000HU-2 and 1000XU-2 Ku quad-band internal and external reference PLL LNBs, the 1000D/F/G-2 Ku-band PLL LNBs, the 1000X-2 Ku-band external reference LNBs and the 9000-4 series of Ka-band PLL and external reference LNBs.

The 1000HU-2 and 1000XU-2 Ku quad-band internal and external reference PLL (Phase Lock Loop) LNBs provide exceptional performance and allow users to use a single LNB to receive multiple frequencies, important for portable applications and maritime users.

The 1000D/F/G-2 Ku-band PLL LNBs and the 1000X-2 Ku-band external reference LNBs are available in frequencies ranging from 10.7 to 12.7 GHz and provide exceptional signal performance and reliability in the smallest form factor on the market.

The 9000-4 series of Ka-band PLL and external reference LNBs offer improved LO stability allowing users to reliably receive a narrower band transmission. Norsat’s 9000-4 series is available in frequencies ranging from 17.2 to 22.2 GHz.

As with other Norsat LNBs, the new additions can be customized to meet specific connector, frequency and performance requirements. Each of the new LNB series deliver premium performance at a new lower price point than products currently on the market.

For a full listing of Norsat’s latest LNBs go to the microwave section of our website.

Events

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Norsat recently participated in the CommunicAsia show May 31 – June 2 at the Mandarin Bay Sands in Singapore. Norsat showcased our newest ultra-portable, back packable satellite terminal, the Journey Manpack, our small size, weight and power ATOM BUC line, several of our O3b BUCs from this product portfolio, as well as some of our RF antenna and conditioning products. Learn more about our participation!

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The 2016 National Association of Broadcast (NAB) show held April 18-21 in Las Vegas, NV did not disappoint. The Satellite Industry Forum held a one day conference as part of this show. Focus and discussion was around the role that satellite plays in broadcasting and the delivery of content from virtually anywhere on the planet.

During the show, Norsat highlighted its comprehensive and growing line of BUCs and LNBs for the satellite newsgathering market. With the recent launch of our ATOM 25W KA BUC which started shipping in May, and the 250W KU ATOM BUC, Norsat saw huge interest in these products, as well as our 100W ATOM BUC. Ka-band continues to gain momentum with increased interest in our specialty products including the ATOM 25W and 50W, due to best SWaP (Size, Weight, Power) in the industry. SNG customers were very pleased with the SwaP of the new 250W ATOM BUC (equivalent to a 400W TWTA). Read our blog post here.

Norsat in the News

Satnews/Milsat Magazine
April 1, 2016 – Norsat International Prepared To Show All During NAB2016
April 29, 2016 – Product Additions to Norsat International’s Microwave Portfolio

ViaSatellite
May 3, 2016 – Norsat Expands Median BUC Family, Adds LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

talk Satellite
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products with Newest 20 and 40 Watt Transmitters.

Globe & Mail
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products

Boston Globe
April 28, 2016 – Norsat Adds New Ku-band Block Upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

Satellite Evolution
April 28, 2016 – Norsat Adds New Ku-band Block Upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

National Post
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products

Morningstar
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products with Newest 20 and 40 Watt Transmitters

Canadian Business Journal
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products with Newest 20 and 40 Watt Transmitters

Atlanta Business Chronicle
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products with Newest 20 and 40 Watt Transmitters

Austin Business Journal
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products

Stock House
May 31, 2016 – Norsat Offers Largest Portfolio of O3b Products

Boston Globe
April 28, 2016 – Norsat Adds New Ku-band Block Upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

Seeking Alpha
April 28, 2016 – Norsat Adds New Ku-band Block Upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

Albany Business Review
April 28, 2016 – Norsat Adds New Ku-band Block Upconverter and Ka and Ku-band LNBs to Microwave Product Portfolio

Business in Vancouver
May 10, 2016 – Norsat ranked 89 on the BIV’s Top 100 BC Tech Firms List

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Networking with the Movers & Shakers of Asia’s ICT Sector

Posted on Monday, June 6

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Another CommunicAsia has wrapped up and this year’s show proved to be another success on our tradeshow ticket. At CommunicAsia2016, Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, the latest technologies in 3D Printing, IoT, M2M, Mobile Apps, OTT and more, were featured. An integral part of CommunicAsia is SatComm2016, the arena for satellite companies to present solutions that address the pressing satellite-based issues.

As in previous years, Norsat participated in the USA pavilion. Showcasing our newest ultra-portable, back packable satellite terminal, the Journey Manpack, our small size, weight and power ATOM BUC line, several of our O3b BUCs product portfolio, as well as some of our RF antenna and conditioning products, the booth was a buzz with activity. Norsat also saw interest in our low cost 5000 Low Noise Block Downconverter PLL series which offer high performance for great value.

Some of the trends we noticed included the proliferation of smaller size dish systems, ranging from 60 to 80cm, and discussions around Low power Ku and C-band BUCs. With new satellites launching in Indonesia soon, we are seeing interest from applications such as the banking industry.

Over the course of the show, it was great to meet and catch up with some of our partners in the region, as well as meet some new prospects and resellers during the four day event. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

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Norsat a Top BC Tech Company

Posted on Wednesday, May 25

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Norsat International ranked 89 on the Business in Vancouver Top 100 BC Technology Companies list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora Sinclair division. Check out our career page for more information.

For a full list of the top 100 Tech firms click here.

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Dynamic Innovation and Cutting-edge Technologies Featured at NAB 2016

Posted on Thursday, May 19

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With over 1870 exhibitors and 103,000+ attendees, the 2016 National Association of Broadcast (NAB) show, the world’s largest electronic media event covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms, did not disappoint. The show was filled with energy and excitement with all of the new technologies sweeping the broadcast industry including those technologies for the delivery of broadcast content.

The biggest talk of NAB 2016 was the future of virtual reality filmmaking. The first major announcement came as YouTube introduced live streaming in 360-degrees. Drones and their future in filmmaking was also a big buzz at the show.

New to the NAB show this year, the Satellite Industry Forum held a one-day conference that focused on the role that the satellite industry plays in broadcasting and the delivery of high quality video content from virtually anywhere to anywhere on the planet whether it is on land, sea or in the air.

Coming off the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) official start of the broadcast spectrum auction, where they will be repacking many hundreds – if not more than a thousand – broadcasters to new frequencies in the television band, we are still unclear as to how this will truly affect  satellite newsgathering.

One such panel discussion examined the role that the satellite industry plays in the development and broadcast of Ultra-HD services.  Large players such as SES, Eutelsat, Intelsat and AT&T Entertainment Group reviewed the challenges facing the satellite industry in the new age of high definition content delivery.

IMG_3937At NAB, Norsat highlighted its comprehensive and growing line of BUCs and LNBs for the SNG market. With the recent launch of our ATOM 25W KA BUC, and the 250W KU ATOM BUC, Norsat saw huge interest in these products, as well as our 100W ATOM BUC. Ka-band continues to gain momentum with increased interest in our specialty products including the ATOM 25W and 50W, due to best SWaP (Size, Weight, Power) in the industry. SNG customers were very pleased with the SwaP of the new 250W ATOM BUC (equivalent to a 400W TWTA). Our low cost PLLs were also well received as customers  move away from traditional DRO to the Norsat 5000 and 5200 series. C-band continues to stay strong with lots of interest, especially from SNG customers and Latin America customers.

Norsat was able to connect with multiple partners, customers and prospects throughout the four day event and feels that NAB continues to be a key show and market area for the company.

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Norsat Helps Bring Yankees Games to Your Television

On a recent trip to New York, Norsat’s Manager of Marketing Communications, Annette Colligan, spotted one of Norsat’s Low Noise Block downconverters (LNBs) on an AVL Technologies satellite antenna on top of a New England news truck at Yankee Stadium. The 1000 series LNB receives a signal from a satellite in the sky, converts it to a lower frequency, and then sends the signals to a modem inside the truck, all part of the two way communications between the sporting event and your television.Yankees_Norsat_LNB

For years Norsat has been providing LNBs, amplifiers, and satellite terminals for satellite newsgathering (SNG) applications worldwide. When chatting with the ground team from the news truck, the tech said that they have had the Norsat LNB for over ten years.  This is just another testament to the quality of the Norsat product line.

For more information on Norsat’s high quality microwave components go to: http://www.norsat.com/solutions/microwave-products/

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Norsat Ranks as One of Canada’s Top ICT Companies

Posted on Thursday, April 28

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Norsat is proud to have ranked #95 on the 2015 Branham300 list announced on April 20th. The Branham300 recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues. The list offers readers a snapshot of the Canadian IT market, and has become the gauge by which Information Technology (IT) companies measure their success.

Now in its 23rd year, the companies that comprise the Top 250 have set a new revenue record:

  • Fiscal 2015: $96.1 billion, a year-over-year increase of 5.7%
  • Fiscal 2014: $90.9 billion, a year-over-year increase of 6.8%

Fifty-four percent of the Top 250 saw double and triple-digit growth. The majority of Canada’s ICT activity takes place in four provinces:

  • Alberta: 24 companies
  • Quebec: 27 companies
  • British Columbia: 41 companies
  • Ontario: 150 companies

These four provinces represent 97% of the Top 250 companies, and 98% of total revenues. For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s Top ICT companies click here.

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Norsat’s President and CEO Wins UBC Applied Science Awards

Posted on Thursday, April 21

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Norsat’s President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan was awarded a 2016 Engineering Excellence Alumni Award at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Applied Science Centennial Celebration in Vancouver, BC. on Thursday, April 14th.

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Engineering Excellence Alumni Awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary commitment to the betterment of society from individuals and organizations within the Applied Science community. These individuals or organizations have made an impact on the community at large through both their field of expertise and through community involvement. The recipient must have a UBC Applied Science degree.

Other recipients of the 2016 awards include:

    • Lifetime Achievement (alumni): Edward McBean BASc ’68 CIVL; Ralph Sultan BASc ’56 MECH
    • Young Alumnus (alumni under 35 years): Sara Badiei MASc ’07 ECE
    • Future Alumnus (current UBC Engineering students): Andrea Marshall; Sean McBeath
    • Emeriti Faculty (retired or emeriti): John Grace

Dr. Amiee Chan was also awarded the UBC Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction at the Centennial Celebration. The Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction was created in 2015 to mark the celebration of the UBC and Applied Science’s 100th anniversary. The medal serves to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the Faculty and/ or who have made long standing/ significant contributions to advance its vision, mission and mandate. This medal was bestowed upon 100 distinguished individuals. To see photos and bios of all recipients click here.

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Norsat NewsFlash March 2016

Posted on Monday, April 4

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Norsat Highlights

ATOM 250 Watt Ku-Band BUC Announced
During the Satellite 2016 show, Norsat launched the ATOM 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifiers. This latest addition to the popular ATOM Series of BUCs and SSPAs is ideal for TWTA replacement and Satellite News Gathering .

Norsat Adds New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters to Product Portfolio
Earlier in Q1, Norsat launched the Median Series of Ku-band BUCs. The Median series is a perfect addition to Norsat’s line of BUCS and is positioned between our leading size, weight and power efficient ATOM series of BUCs and the ELEMENT high value series. Read more about our announcement here!

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Are you interested in our class leading ATOM BUCs or SSPAs? Do you want to customize the frequency range, output power, and environmental specifications of the product? Try our ATOM Customization Tool where you can choose different features and options to suit your needs. Fill in the inquiry form and immediately receive a custom part number. One of our team will get back to you with availability and pricing on your custom product!

Norsat Announces Fourth Quarter and 2015 Financials
On Friday, March 4th, Norsat announced the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results. Norsat recognized $36.1 million in revenue with net earnings of $8.7 million or $1.50 per share.
To view our full financials click here.

CEO x 1 DAY
As part of Odgers Berndtson CEOx1day program, on February 5th Norsat hosted Jasmine Nikkari, a third year University of British Columbia engineering student who shadowed Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s CEO. The CEOx1 day program gives students an opportunity to spend the day with a Canadian CEO from various industries to learn more what it takes to run a company.
On the flip side, this program is another example of how Norsat gives back to the community and promotes engineering careers to female engineers.
Read our blog here!

Product Spotlights

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The ATOM 250 Watt Ku-Dual band BUC provides 250W of saturated power (200W @ P1dB) in one of the most compact sizes in the market. Covering transmit frequencies from 12.25 to 18 GHz, including CDL-Band and Low KU Band, the ATOM 250W SSPAs and BUCs can be configured to suit operation on any Ku Band Median_Via_Satellitesatellite. Ethernet, redundancy configurations, EMI/EMC, and other custom options are available upon request. Contact us for more information!
Find out more about the ATOM 250W by clicking here!

Median BUCs Round Out BUC Product Line
The new MEDIAN Series of Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) from Norsat are designed with both performance and economy in mind. These new BUCs aren’t quite as small, light-weight, and power efficient as our premier ATOM line, but they are ideal for fixed and portable VSAT applications. The Median series of Ku-band BUCs comes in 16W and 25W options, is currently available in Ku-band frequency and can be customized for your needs.  For more information on the Median BUC Series click here. (scroll)

Events

logoThe Norsat Sales and Marketing team just returned from a successful  Satellite 2016 conference held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Satellite show brings the market leading companies in the global satellite community together in one place and provides participants with an excellent venue for networking with prospective business partners, as well as maintain a current awareness of the issues and opportunities facing the global satellite-enabled communications marketplace.
Norsat’s booth was decked out with our latest tradeshow design and showcased some of our newest and leading edge products.
Read more about Norsat’s presence at the show.

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Norsat participated in the 22nd annual CABSAT show in Dubai, UAE from March 8-10. CABSAT is the number one event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region for all industry professionals within the Broadcast, Satellite, Content Delivery and Digital Media sectors. Norsat saw considerable interest in our new ATOM 25W Ka-band BUC and SSPA and increasing interest in our LNB and BUC product lines.

Read our blog here!

Next up on the tradeshow schedule is NAB 2016, Apirl 18 – 21 in Las Vegas, NV!

Check out the events section of our website for more information on the shows that Norsat will be attending in 2016!

Norsat in the News

Satellite Evolution Group
March 11, 2016 – Norsat introduces new ATOM series products

CNBC 
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Boston Globe
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

National Post/Financial Post 
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – National Post – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Morning Star
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Morning Star – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Seeking Alpha
March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier
January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Satnews/Milsat Magazine
January 23, 2016 – SatNews – Upconverters for the Next Generation
December 2015 – New ATOM 25 Watt BUC Debuts From Norsat

Canadian Business Journal March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

TheStreet  March 9, 2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Cantech LetterMarch 7, 2016 – Norsat has triple-digit upside says Cantor Fitzgerald Canada

TVeyesMarch 5, 2016 – TVeyes – Business News Network – Canada National

Globe & MailJanuary 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

StockHouse January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Baltimore Business Journal January 21, 2016 – Norsat Launches New Generation of Ku-band Block Upconverters

Atlanta Business Chronicle March 9 ,2016 – Norsat Introduces Atom 250 Watt Ku-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

Business in Vancouver
March 2, 2016 – Norsat boss champions engineering diversity cause
February 16, 2016 – Norsat ranked 91 on the BIV’s Top 100 Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora, Ontario plant. Check out our career postings on the Norsat website.

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Sinclair Technologies Engages in Quality Conversations at IWCE2016

Posted on Wednesday, March 30

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IWCEThe Sales and Marketing team from Sinclair Technologies, Norsat’s RF division, recently returned from the International Wireless Communications Expo held from March 21 – 25th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show saw thousands of industry professionals come together to discuss the latest trends and topics in communications technology. With over 370 exhibitors in attendance, the general feeling was that this year’s event saw probably about 25% more traffic than the 2015 show.  Assisting in this uptake was the fact that the 2016 show was co-located with several other events including the Network infrastructure Forum, ETA’s Education Forum, Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Summit, as well as a Motorola partner event.

Hot topics at the 2016 show included FirstNet (First Responder Network Authority). FirstNet is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network in the US. Congress allotted $7 billion and 20 MHz of valuable radio spectrum to build this network. “FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) should generate “fierce competition” for the right to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network,” stated one panelist.  Integrated with this discussion were sessions on how to deploy LTE within public safety and the integration of service, device and the network. LMR has been around for a long time, but LTE is fairly new to the industry. Our feeling is that LTE and LMR will co-exist for many years. Other areas of discussion included: various mission critical applications for public safety and the network interoperability among public safety agencies.

And there was no lack of energy or excitement at the Sinclair booth! Showcasing our new look for 2016, the booth was abuzz with customers, distributors and new prospects.

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In our centerpiece product tower, Sinclair was showcasing some of our newest technologies including the SC251D 2.3dBd dual collinear omni antenna featuring low passive intermod performance with 35dB minimum isolation guaranteed. Fabricated using durable components, this series of antennas is designed and fabricated for ease of installation and to meet the most stringent wind and ice loading requirements. Due to its wide band, high average power and PIP (Peak Instantaneous Power) power handling capability, this antenna is ideally suited for VHF trunking applications or multi-channel operations. The reliability and durability of this antenna makes it suitable for mission critical applications such as public safety and law enforcement.

20160323_094022_resizedBoth at the our booth and IWCE’s Product Showcase, Sinclair highlighted the SM700, broadband multifunctional transport antenna which is specifically designed to address the need for a compact, low profile, broadband antenna that is truly universal. When used with a cross-band coupler, a single antenna can serve multiple discrete RF systems operating in the 694-6000MHz range. Designed to withstand harsh environments and constant vibration without compromising performance, the rugged SM700 series antennas are ideal for vehicular rooftop mounting. The SM700 offers easy installation with just one hole mount and greater protection against water ingression. The SM700 is ideal for public safety and transportation applications and we also engaged in multiple conversations about in-building uses.

The IWCE show provided an excellent opportunity for our team to connect with prospects, customers and partners who we haven’t seen in a while. The overwhelming sentiment from our customers is that they are happy with the quality and reliability of Sinclair products and the knowledge of our sales team – they like doing business with a well-established company. With prospects that stopped by the booth, we saw increased discussions on Sinclair’s systems design and customization capabilities.

Overall, the show was a huge success for the team and we will be busy following up with all of the leads we collected.

For more information about Sinclair products, visit http://www.sinctech.com/. Or sign up for our newsletter that will be coming out shortly! http://www.sinctech.com/contact/

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Norsat Showcases Products at CABSAT – the Leading Platform for the Broadcast, Production and Satellite Market in MENA.

Posted on Tuesday, March 15

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Thank you to everyone who attended and dropped by the Norsat booth in Za’abeel Hall at the 22nd annual CABSAT show held March 8-10 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

CABSAT is the largest show for the satellite and broadcast industry for the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and has a great reputation for driving the transformative markets in these regions.

CABSAT provides a tailored experience for industry experts to engage, strategize and debate future market trends, and source the latest broadcast and satellite technologies.
Here are a few highlights of the show:

  • Norsat showcased one of our high performance portable satellite terminals, the Ranger 60, a one case solution for military customers requiring a small form factor.
  • ATOM series of Ka and Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), our new 25W Ka BUC saw considerable interest.
  • The new 5200 C-band PLL LNB was a hit as customers found the price points close to a DRO, but with the performance of a PLL.
  • The Satellite GVF summit held on day 2 of the show had discussions tackling the issues of spectrum, low earth satellite solutions and satellite use for evolving and emerging broadcast markets.

Of the six years we have attended this show; in 2016 we saw the most qualified traffic in the Norsat booth.

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Norsat Exhibits at Premier Event for Satellite Communications

Posted on Friday, March 11

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The 35th anniversary Satellite show held at the Gaylord National Convention Center did not disappoint. With over 350 exhibitors, and +13,000 attendees, the show was a buzz with the latest discussions on the continued strength, importance and relevance of space-based solutions in the worldwide telecommunications infrastructure. Bringing together market leading companies presenting the latest technologies and solutions that are transforming the way we live, work and interact on a global scale.

The Satellite show is an excellent venue for Norsat  to connect with some of our key customers and business partners to discuss opportunities and issues facing the satellite communications marketplace, as well as showcase some of our leading products and technology.

At Norsat’s booth, we were highlighting two of our portable satellite terminals. The new Journey Manpack, single case, low weight, backpackable solution saw a ton of interest!  Small size and weight continues to be a prime requirement for military and commercial customers. Norsat also featured our GLOBETrekker 2.0 terminal a feature rich, auto-acquire fly-away satellite terminal.image1

Norsat’s ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs continue to dominate the size, weight and power efficiency wars with customers attesting to the advantages this brings them for their terminals. During the show Norsat announced its latest addition to the ATOM series, the ATOM 250 watt Ku-band BUC and SSPA. Read more here!

On the Move terminals are continuing to gain momentum. Good news for Norsat’s ATOM BUCs that give the size weight and power efficiency COTM needs, but also has the military certifications required for the applications, including EMI/EMC, shock, and vibration.

O3b Networks, named Satellite Operator of the Year in the 2015 Via Satellite Excellence awards, was a key topic of discussion at the show which bodes well for Norsat as we offer both single and dual-band O3b LNBs and BUCs that are certified by O3b.

Overall the show was a success for our team and we look forward to heading back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center next March for Satellite 2017!

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Staff Alignment – Norsat Executive Present to Staff

Posted on Monday, March 7

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After every quarterly earnings release the Norsat executive take the time to present the quarterly financial and business performance, along with departmental updates to the Norsat staff.

Quarterly All Hands meetings provide an excellent avenue to get all staff on the same page and remind employees of the corporate objectives and strategies because sometimes the big picture is lost in the details of everyone’s daily work day. Messages from leadership are more powerful when delivered in person as opposed to an email. At the All Hands meeting information is easily shared and won’t get lost in employee’s Inbox.

During this meeting the CEO also takes the time to recognize employees for a job well done. Individuals can be nominated by their peers for a R.I.D.E.R award (Responsiveness, Integrity, Dedication, Entrepreneurialism, and Resourcefulness). Management reviews the quarterly submissions and then rewards the selected individuals.SAM_0467

At the end of the All Hands a small social gathering allows employees to mingle and encourages interaction between employees and departments that may not work or see each other very often.

Overall, the Norsat All Hands meeting yields several benefits and is an excellent tool that the executive use to foster stronger communication and transparency throughout the organization.

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Did You Know Norsat is One of Vancouver’s Biggest Manufacturers?

Posted on Friday, February 26

Business_in_Vancouver_logo_colorNorsat ranked 91 on the BIV’s Top 100 Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver list. Ranked by the total number of employees, Norsat’s BC employee base rose almost 20% year-over-year and the trend is continuing. We have a range of open positions available in our Richmond facility, as well as our Aurora, Ontario plant. Check out our career postings on the Norsat website.

Many notable companies made the top 100 list this year including Seasan and Lafarge Canada. For a full list of the Business in Vancouver Top 100 Manufacturer rankings click here.

 

 

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Norsat Celebrates Successes of Top Sales Team Members during Annual Conference

Posted on Thursday, February 11

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Recently Norsat hosted the Norsat Worldwide Sales Team at our Canadian Headquarters for our annual Sales and Marketing Conference. The three-day session included presentations from the Norsat executive, product marketing, marketing communications and engineering product demonstrations and training. Each of the sales managers presented their yearly sales plans as well.

Norsat’s VP Sales and Marketing, Brian Donnelly, presented the annual sales awards. Congratulations to Douglas Chun, Top Sales Person for 2015 and Olivier Scorsipa, Top Over Quota Sales for 2015. Both Douglas and Olivier were presented with a glass sculpture award for their accomplishments.

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To break up the presentations and provide a little fun throughout the week, we ran a team building exercise to get both internal sales and marketing staff engaging and working with the external sales team. This year’s challenge was called Frostbite. Teams had to work together to build a shelter out of construction paper, toothpicks, post-it notes and elastics, while their leader suffered from frostbite on his hands and could only give verbal direction, and the team members suffered from snow blindness, hence could not see. Congratulations to the team of Stan Mullery, Sheri Morita and Douglas Chun for their design that withstood the cold winter winds (a.k.a  an office fan!)

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Overall the week was productive as the teams were able to come together to discuss challenges and then discuss strategies to help the company improve to grow the business in the future.

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Norsat Hosts UBC Student for CEO x 1 Day Program

Posted on Tuesday, February 9

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On Friday, February 5th, Norsat played host to Jasmine Nikkari, a third year University of British Columbia engineering student as part of the Odgers Berndtson, CEO x 1 Day Program.

CEO x 1 Day matches third and fourth year university students with some of Canada’s leading CEOs. Students from across the country have been paired with presidents and CEOs from industries that range from retail and technology, to sports and government, providing an extraordinary range of experiences. The program gives students an opportunity to take in-class learning and apply it to a real world situation and equips them with the tools and skills to start building their careers.

On the flip side, the CEO x 1 Day program gives CEOs an opportunity to connect and better understand what drives the next generation of leaders. Norsat’s participation shows the organization’s commitment to supporting youth by investing in their career development and creating opportunities for future leaders.

During the day Jasmine shadowed Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s President and CEO, as well as met with other company VPs and Managers to get a better understanding of how the organization runs.

As part of the day Norsat’s Social Committee hosted a Chinese New Year celebration with a catered lunch, and a range of Chinese New Year themed games.CEOx1day_Amiee_Jasmine_game

Jasmine commented, “It was a fantastic day, and I truly appreciated all I saw and learned, as well as the effort you put in to make me feel welcomed and involved.”

We wish Jasmine the best of luck in the rest of the 2015-2016 school year and in her future endeavors. Who knows… maybe she will grace the halls of Norsat with her presence in a future internship or job opportunity?

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ATOM Customization Tool – Mix and Match Your ATOM Options

Posted on Monday, December 21

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Are you interested in our ATOM BUCs or SSPAs? Do you want to mix and match the frequency band you need, the frequency range and output power of the product? Try our ATOM Customization Tool where you can choose different features and options to suit your needs. Fill in the inquiry form and one of our sales team will get back to you with availability and pricing.

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Norsat NewsFlash December 2015

Posted on Friday, December 18

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Norsat Highlights
As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the success that the company has realized during 2015. We hope that you have had a prosperous year and would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Norsat President & CEO named a 2015 Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women
Norsat is pleased to announce that Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This is the fifth time that Dr. Chan has received this prestigious award, and thus has been instated into the WXN Hall of Fame!
Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments and professional achievements of Canada’s top female leaders, as well as their organizations and networks and inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Product Spotlights
ATOM KA 25W Dual-Band BUC and SSPAatom_group_2015
Built off the success and innovation of Norsat’s ATOM Series, the ATOM 25W Ka-band Block Upconverter (BUC) and Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA) are now available! The ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs are up to 85% smaller, 90% lighter and 60% more efficient than competing products. The ATOM Ka-band products offer high throughput and cover both military and commercial bands making them ideal for applications such as: COTM/COTP, Portable VSAT, CDL, Airborne, RADAR and TWTA replacement. Find out more about the ATOM KA Dual-band BUCs and SSPAs.

5000 PLL LNBs are in High Demand
5000 Product_imageIn April, Norsat introduced the 5000 Series PLL (Phase-locked loop) LNBs (Low Boise Block Downconverter) at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas. This low cost LNB delivers high performance and reliability at an industry leading price point. Norsat is seeing many customers migrating from our 8000 Digital DRO product line to the new 5000 series, as customers can realize much better performance for just a small increase in cost.  Available in standard and extended frequencies, the 5000 Series has LO (Local Oscillator) stabilities of +/- 50 kHz, +/-75 kHz, +/-100 kHz, and +/-250 kHz to meet our customers varying applications and environments. The new 5000 series PLL LNBs are ideally suited for high-end broadcast applications including DBV (digital broadcast video), VSAT broadband, military satcom, point-of-sale, and oil and gas. For more information on the 5000 Series click here.

Events
Norsat participated in the 34th annual Milcom 2015 show in Tampa, Florida October 26 – 28. Milcom is the premier international conference for military communications. “Leveraging Technology – The Joint Imperative” was the theme for this year’s event and there was no shortage of interesting and educational keynotes, panels and technical sessions that explored and defined the benefits that joint-level collaboration brings to current and future communication challenges and addressed the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations.

The Tampa location is ideal for this discussion, with close proximity to the MacDill Air Force Base military community, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. MILCOM offers industry the opportunity to discuss communications technologies and services with decision makers from all branches of the armed forces, the Department of Defense, federal agencies and multinational forces.

Norsat’s satellite sales team was in full force showcasing several of our top satellite communications solutions: GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal; Rover, Norsat’s ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal; CFK-100E compact fly-away kit; CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit; and the ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat was excited to talk to customers and saw considerable interest from customers for our new low Ku-band BUCs designed for use with the FSS Appendix 30B satellite links.

For more information on Milcom click here.

Check our website in the coming months for more information on the events that Norsat will be attending in 2016!

Norsat in the News
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– The October issue of Satellite Magazine featured an article titled “Is GaAs Dead?” written by Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Sheri Morita
October 17, 2015 – Military Sea-Borne Comms to be Positively Influenced by Norsat International
December 2, 2015 – Norsat’s New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Smaller + Lighter = Transmission of Commercial + Military Satellite Signals

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December 17, 2015 New ATOM 25 Watt BUC Debuts from Norsat

Satellite Today
October 16, 2015 – Norsat Receives $2.7Million Military Contract for Maritime VSATs
December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New ATOM 25-Watt Ka Dual Band BUCs and SSPAs

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October 15, 2015 Norsat Awarded $2.7 Million Order from Major U.S. Military Contractor

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December 3, 2015 –  Norsat Introduces new compact ATOM 25 watt Ka dual-band BUC

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December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

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December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

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December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

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December 2, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New Compact ATOM 25 Watt Ka Dual-Band Block Upconverter and Solid State Power Amplifier

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Norsat Thought Leadership: The Future of GaAs Technology

Posted on Friday, December 4

Sat_Magazine_logoIf you missed it, take a read of our article titled “Is GaAs Dead?” in the October issue of SatMagazine!

Author Sheri Morita, Senior Product Manager at Norsat International, examines the differences between GaN and GaAs-based technologies and the pros and cons of each.

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Norsat’s President and CEO named to WXN Hall of Fame

Posted on Monday, November 30

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Norsat is pleased to announce that Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO has been named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner. This is the fifth time that Dr. Chan has received this prestigious award, and thus has been instated into the WXN Hall of Fame!

Launched in 2003, the Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments and professional achievements of Canada’s top female leaders, as well as their organizations and networks and inspire the current and next generation to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

“For these highly accomplished women, receiving a Top 100 Award means much more than recognition or a chance to share the spotlight with other remarkable winners, it’s an opportunity to pay it forward,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “WXN Top 100 Award Winners are powerful women both in their careers and their potential to transcend boundaries to have a greater impact on the communities around them.”

Dr. Chan joined Norsat in 2004 as VP Operations and since her appointment as President and CEO in 2006, Dr. Chan has utilized her leadership capabilities to more than triple revenue and significantly expand the company’s product portfolio to position Norsat for continued future growth.

As a proud supporter of women in leadership, Norsat and Dr. Chan work to create the necessary conditions and opportunities for women to help them thrive and succeed within the technology industry.

Dr. Chan joins a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Margaret Atwood, best-selling author; Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and chief executive officer, Indigo Books & Music; and, Kathleen Taylor, chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of WXN’s 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners.

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Norsat Ranks 75 on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Most Profitable Companies

Posted on Tuesday, November 24

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Based on 2014 Net Income, Norsat ranked 75 among some of the top BC companies on Business in Vancouver’s 100 Most Profitable List. Norsat saw a +21% increase in net income from 2013 to 2014.

Sectors ranging from technology, mining and retail to banking and forestry, topping the list again were Telus, along with several crown corporations such as BC Lotteries, BC Liquor Distribution and BC Hydro.  But as reported in Business in Vancouver, a softening economy and a shifting business landscape could present some challenges for some of these top companies. Let’s wait and see what 2015 delivers.

For the full list of the top 100 Download here.

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Norsat in Full Force at Premier International Conference for Military Communications

Posted on Friday, November 6

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Norsat participated in the 34th annual Milcom 2015 show last week in Tampa, Florida. Milcom is the premier international conference for military communications. “Leveraging Technology – The Joint Imperative” was the theme for this year’s event and there was no shortage of interesting and educational keynotes, panels and technical sessions that explored and defined the benefits that joint-level collaboration brings to current and future communication challenges and addressed the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations.

The Tampa location is ideal for this discussion, with close proximity to the MacDill Air Force Base military community, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. MILCOM offers industry the opportunity to discuss communications technologies and services with decision makers from all branches of the armed forces, the Department of Defense, federal agencies and multinational forces.

Norsat’s satellite sales team was in full force showcasing several of our top satellite communications solutions: GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal; Rover, Norsat’s ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal; CFK-100E compact fly-away kit; CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit; and the ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat was excited to talk to customers and saw considerable interest from customers on our new low Ku-band BUCs designed for use with the FSS Appendix 30B satellite links.IMG_6537

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During the show, Norsat met up with Ken Murphy at the iDirect social event on Tuesday night. Ken was a long-term Norsat portable terminal customer that has now moved on to work for Comtech as their Director of Government Programs. Ken was working in Belgium when his teams deployed Norsat’s 1.8m and 2.4m SigmaLink terminals and 1m compact Rover terminals for allied forces in the region. It was great to catch up with Ken and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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Norsat’s CEO Speaks About Female Biases in Technology Sector

Posted on Monday, October 26

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Read an article in the Vancouver Sun where Norsat’s President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, discussed biases that women face in the technology sector. Dr. Chan commented, “Because we don’t usually think of women in science and technology and we don’t think of women in leadership, a lot of people don’t end up choosing those roles as a career.” Recently Dr. Chan was a distinguished speaker for a local STEM event that celebrated women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Dr. Chan is an advocate of female advancement in the technology field and speaks regularly about her experiences and insights on how we can be a part of the positive change in our environment, to help cultivate talent and promote full inclusion. To read the full article click here.

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Norsat Newsflash October 2015

Posted on Wednesday, October 21

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Norsat was awarded a $2.7 million contract from a major U.S. military contractor for its Ku-Band and Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS)-certified X-Band marine VSAT terminals. Under the agreement, Norsat will supply its MarineLink COM12 1.2m and MarineLink COM15X 1.5m dual antenna maritime VSAT terminals to support sea-borne communications. Norsat’s newest generation of MarineLink COM terminals provide the most reliable high throughput satellite communications available in the market today for maritime vessels, including naval ships. Additionally, Norsat’s proprietary Low Noise Block downconverters (LNB) and class-leading efficient ATOM Block Upconverters (BUC) will be integrated into the MarineLink terminals. Read more here!

Norsat’s Land Mobile Radio division Sinclair Technologies, launched a new, customized version of the SM2600D, low profile, multi-band, multi-port antenna platform that is ideally suited for the transportation market. The SM2600D combines multiple antennas under one radome and includes a number of ports to support a variety of applications like PTC, LTE, GPS, and WiFi/WiMax, greatly simplifying antenna installation compared to traditional practice of mounting many single purpose antennas. This durable weather resistant and fire tested radome also provides excellent protection from any harsh environmental elements. For more information click here.

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Norsat is proud to have ranked on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Fastest growing companies in B.C.The fastest-growing companies list is ranked by percentage growth in revenue between 2010 and 2014. Ranking 52 on the list, Norsat’s revenue growth over the five years has been in excess of 95.8%.
Norsat continues to stay at the forefront of innovation by delivering some of the most high performance and efficient products on the market. Norsat continually works with our customers to develop and quickly deliver customized innovative communication solutions that meet the needs within the marketplace.

Norsat received an approximate $700,000 follow-on order to the original $3.5 million award announced on February 19, 2015 from a Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor for a range of Norsat’s portable satellite terminals. This follow-on order increases the total contract awarded to approximately $4.2 million. The increase in order is for additional units of Norsat’s MarineLink maritime VSAT terminals and for the 0.9m Journey Manpack portable satellite terminal, the newest in Norsat’s broad portfolio of satellite solutions. To learn more read our news release.

Product Spotlights:

1:1 Redundancy Kits and Low Frequency ATOM BUCs

Norsat is continuing to expand the products available in the ATOM series of products. The most recent additions include low Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) spanning 12.75 to 13.25 GHz and an outdoor 1:1 redundant system designed specifically for ATOM BUCs and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs).

The low Ku-band BUCs are based on Norsat’s successful 25W, 40W and 100W ATOM BUC design. The synthesizer board for the low Ku-band variants provides coverage in the 12.75 to 13.25 GHz frequency range.

The 1:1 redundant system is a fully automatic headless outdoor unit and is ideal for oil and gas VSAT networks, cable head ends, remote VSATs, disaster emergency systems and military applications. DC current is used to detect BUC/SSPA failure and switch to the alternate BUC/SSPA. Features include support for manual switching and Web-based M&C. The status of the offline BUC/SSPA is available and the offline unit can be replaced while the system is online.

For more information on the 1:1 Redundancy Kits click here. To learn more about the low frequency ATOM products click here.

New C-Band General Purpose Band Pass Filter
Check out the BPF-C-U, Norsat’s new C-Band General Purpose Band Pass Filter which is perfectly suited to use with Norsat’s C-Band LNBs. This new filter is easily installed between the feed and LNB to reject terrestrial interference in C-Band (WiMSX, Radar and C-Band transmitter).

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Congratulation to Roula Karkache Ishac from BCom SA who was the winner of the draw for a $250 Amazon gift card for completing the 2015 Norsat Customer Survey!

 

 

Events

Modern Day Marine
September 22-24 in Quantico, VA

ModernDayMarine_photo2_from MDMFacebookNorsat has just come back from a successful showing at the Modern Day Marine expo at the Marine Corps Base, in Quantico, VA. Norsat showcased our the GlobeTrekker 2.0 intelligent fly-away satellite terminal, our Ranger Ku/X Band 60cm self-contained, microsat terminal, CFK-100E SIPR/NIPR Compact Flyaway Kit CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit for mobile, first-in communications and the ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs.
Modern Day Marine is co-sponsored by Marine Corps Base, Quantico, the Exposition’s home base. MCB Quantico, home to the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command, is responsible for setting requirements, developing equipment and systems and purchasing the equipment and systems that the Marine Corps will rely on in the years to come. These vital and unique functions play a large part in positioning Modern Day Marine as the premier military equipment, systems, services and technology exposition.

Milcom
October 26 – 28, Tampa, FL

Drop by the Norsat Booth #733 at Milcom2015 at the Tampa Convention Center, in Tampa, FL.

Norsat will be highlighting several of our fly-away satellite terminals including the GlobeTrekker and the Ranger Ku/X Band 60cm self-contained microsat terminal, along with our Satcom Baseband Kits – CFK-100E SIPR/NIPR Compact Flyaway Kit and the CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit for mobile, first-in communications. Plus we will also be showcasing our ultra-efficient, lightweight ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs.

MILCOM 2015 is the premier international conference for military communications and gathers the leading minds of government, military, industry and academia in an interactive forum to further explore and define the benefits that joint-level collaboration bring to current and future communication challenges. Drop by and see us, as well as leaders from around the world who will address the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations. For more information on Milcom click here.

Norsat in the News

Canadian Business
The October 2015 issue of Canadian Business Magazine features the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada and Norsat ranked 467 growing over 71% for the five-year peirod! All applicants are ranked by the five-year percentage revenue growth from 2009 through 2014. Companies were shortlisted based on revenue figures provided and then verified through online questionnaires, phone interviews and review of financial statements.
See the full listing of the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies click here.

BC Business Magazine
Many companies go through highs and lows. When the company is heading toward distress, new strategies need to be employed to salvage the business and propel the company back to success. Read a recent article published in BC Business magazine where Dr. Amiee Chan discusses the turnaround of Norsat and how revenues have doubled from 2006 to today.

ITbriefing.net
Sept 9, 2015 – US Federal Business Opportunity: Department of the Navy: 58 — Intent to Award Sole Source for Initial Spare Parts and Components of Broadband Satellite Program
August 27, 2015 – US Federal Business Opportunity: Department of the Air Force: Downrange Equipment

Satellite Today
August 13, 2015 – Norsat’s Sinclair Technologies Division Starts Shipments of New Wideband Antenna

Satellite Evolution Group
August 13, 2015 – Sinclair Technologies has begun shipments of the newly designed SE41x series

SatNews
– Look for our article titled “Is GaAs Dead?” in the October issue of SatMagaine!
August 12, 2015 – Norsat International’s Sinclair Technologies Ships Newly Designed Series Of Wideband Enclosed Dipole Antennas
July 28, 2015 Norsat International’s Portable Satellite Terminal Receives An Add-On Order
July 22, 2015 Norsat Announces Appointment To BOD … Experienced In Several Industries + Mergers + Acquisitions

Talk Satellite Newsletter
August 13, 2015 – Norsat Launches New Machine-To-Machine (M2M) Satellite Product Line
October 15, 2015 – Norsat Awarded $2.7 Milion Order from Major U.S. Military Contractor

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Norsat Adds Low Frequency BUCS and 1:1 Redundancy Kits to Product Line

Posted on Wednesday, September 30

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Satellite News graphic - dots - FinalNorsat is continuing to expand the products available in the ATOM series of products. The most recent additions include low Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) spanning 12.75 to 13.25 GHz and an outdoor 1:1 redundant system designed specifically for ATOM BUCs and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs).

The low Ku-band BUCs are based on Norsat’s successful 25W, 40W and 100W ATOM BUC design. The synthesizer board for the low Ku-band variants provides coverage in the 12.75 to 13.25 GHz frequency range.

The 1:1 redundant system is a fully automatic headless outdoor unit and is ideal for oil and gas VSAT networks, cable head ends, remote VSATs, disaster emergency systems and military applications. DC current is used to detect BUC/SSPA failure and switch to the alternate BUC/SSPA. Features include support for manual switching and Web-based M&C. The status of the offline BUC/SSPA is available and the offline unit can be replaced while the system is online.

For more information on the 1:1 Redundancy Kits click here. To learn more about the low frequency ATOM products click here.

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Quantico Marine Corps Base Hosts Key Event for Military Contractors

Posted on Tuesday, September 29

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Norsat has just returned from the Modern Day Marine expo at the Marine Corps Base, in Quantico, VA. Norsat showcased the GlobeTrekker 2.0 intelligent fly-away satellite terminal, our Ranger Ku/X Band 60cm self-contained, microsat terminal, CFK-100E SIPR/NIPR Compact Flyaway Kit, CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit for mobile, first-in communications and the ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs.

Modern Day Marine is co-sponsored by Marine Corps Base, Quantico, the Exposition’s home base. MCB Quantico, home to the Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command, is responsible for setting requirements, developing equipment and systems and purchasing the equipment and systems that the Marine Corps will rely on in the years to come. Modern Day Marine is a forum for defense contractors to display, inform and promote the latest products in defense equipment and technology. The expo, also allows industry leaders the opportunity to discuss important and emerging issues and concepts that affect the Marine Corps. These vital and unique functions play a large part in positioning Modern Day Marine as the premier military equipment, systems, services and technology exposition.

One of the major themes for this year’s event was the need for innovation!  During a panel presentation for industry, Maj. Gen. Vincent Coglianese, assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics said, “The Marine Corps needs to embrace innovation, not only in terms of equipment, but in its thinking.” He called upon the defense industry to look beyond traditional methods to help the Marine Corps adapt.

As quoted in Defense News (http://www.defensenews.com) “The Corps’ 10-year road map predicts that Marines will be conducting crisis response missions that could leave small teams of Marines deployed independently for weeks at a time,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, who recently took the helm of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. “Technology is what allows squads to operate independently over large swaths of land, giving radio communications in Afghanistan as an example. If those small units had not had the ability to call for fires, support and medical evacuations, we would not have put them out there,” he said.

“We think these forces are going to be operating in distributed, often dismounted in complex urban terrain,” said Col. Roger Turner, office of the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps for plans, policy and operations with Headquarters Marine Corps at the Pentagon, during the industry panel. “And anything we can do to lighten the load on individual Marines and sailors out there is critical.”

This bodes well for Norsat, as our portable terminals and man-packable systems are a perfect fit to meet the needs of the Marine Corps, as well as other military services and Special Forces.

For more information about the satellite solutions that Norsat had on display visit our website at http://www.norsat.com/solutions/satellite-solutions/

(photos courtesy of Modern Day Marine)

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Profit 500 Says We Are Tops

Posted on Tuesday, September 29

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The October 2015 issue of Canadian Business Magazine features the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada and Norsat ranked 467! All applicants are ranked by the five-year percentage revenue growth from 2009 through 2014. Companies were shortlisted based on revenue figures provided and then verified through online questionnaires, phone interviews and review of financial statements.

There was some astounding performance by Canadian companies this year with the number one company growing over 25,000%; Norsat’s grew over 71% for the 5-year period.

Some of the top businesses shared their secrets. They said their growth can be attributed to providing better service, offering superior products and having more attractive work cultures than the competition.

To learn more secrets from the leaders of the top companies and to see the full listing of the Profit 500 Fastest Growing Companies click here.

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Norsat Ranks 52 on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies

Posted on Wednesday, September 2

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Norsat is proud to have ranked on Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 Fastest growing companies in B.C. The fastest-growing companies list is ranked by percentage growth in revenue between 2010 and 2014. Ranking 52 on the list, Norsat’s revenue growth over the five years has been in excess of 95.8%. Norsat continues to stay at the forefront of innovation by delivering some of the most high performance and efficient products on the market. Norsat continually works with our customers to develop and quickly deliver customized innovative communication solutions that meet the needs within the marketplace.

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THE BUC STOPS HERE! ATOM KA-BAND BUCs COMING SOON!

Posted on Friday, August 28

Built off the innovation and success of the existing ATOM series platform, Norsat’s Ka-Band ATOM Block Upconverters (BUCs) will be hitting the streets soon!

A prototype of the 25 Watt Ka-band BUC was shipped early this year to the first customer who helped Norsat develop this new frequency band to meet the size, weight and power efficiency goals that were required. The Ka-band BUC is ideal for Comms-on-the-Move, airborne and other commercial and military applications.

Norsat continues to stay at the forefront of innovation. The development of this Ka-band BUC is a testament to the commitment that Norsat has to its customers in developing and releasing products to meet their expanding product needs and the demand in the marketplace.

Stay tuned for more information about the availability of this fantastic new product line. For more information on Norsat’s ATOM series of BUCs and SSPAs go to:

http://www.norsat.com/solutions/microwave-products/atom-series/

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Norsat: Shooting for the Stars

Posted on Monday, August 24

Many companies go through highs and lows. When the company is heading toward distress, new strategies need to be employed to salvage the business and propel the company back to success. Read a recent article published in BC Business magazine where Dr. Amiee Chan discusses the turnaround of Norsat and how revenues have doubled from 2006 to today.

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Considerations When Choosing a Portable Satellite Terminal

Posted on Thursday, August 20

With the continued reductions in global military budgets, governments are continuing to look for ways to equip soldiers in the field with critical Satcom technology while minimizing their capital expenditures. There are quite a few choices for portable satellite terminals and navigating the relevant requirements can be a daunting task. Read our latest article titled “ Portable Satellite Terminals – Considerations and Choices for Military Satellite Communications” written by Brian Donnelly, Vice President Sales and Marketing to learn about the factors that come into play when choosing a portable satellite terminal.

Read the article here!

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Norsat Newsflash Q2 2015

Posted on Friday, June 19

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Take the 2015 Norsat Customer Survey for Your Chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card!

Norsat International is committed to total customer satisfaction by delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations. Here at Norsat, we take this promise very seriously!

We invite you to take our 2015 Customer Survey and give Norsat the opportunity to improve our products and services to better meet your needs. Listening to our customers is the only way to guarantee we create products that you actually want to buy. Customer feedback is commonly used throughout the product development process to ensure that the end product is something that solves a customer’s problem or fulfils a need.

The survey includes questions about products, technical support, and Norsat’s corporate identity. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will remain saved if you need to come back to finish the survey later.

Complete the survey by June 19th and as a thank you, we will enter your name into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card. You can complete the survey anonymously, but you’ll need to give us your email address to win the prize.

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Norsat Highlights

In April, Norsat was awarded an approximately $1M contract from the Defense Media Activity for the purchase of Norsat’s GLOBETrekker 2.0 portable satellite terminals, along with Norsat’s 50W ATOM series Block Upconverters (BUCs). The DMA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s direct line of communication for news and information to its forces worldwide. These terminals will enable satellite uplink of live high definition or standard definition video from the field, as well as data transfer and gt_2.0email access.

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Norsat recently signed an agreement with Unmanned Systems Source, an online, e-commerce warehouse with the fastest growing selection of unmanned systems and remote sensing products, to help bring Norsat’s ATOM Series of satellite communications solutions to customers around the globe. Read our blog for more information.

Awards & Recognition

Norsat International is proud to rank #90 on the Branham300, up eight spots from our 2013 ranking. The Branham300 list recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues. The 2015 Edition of the Branham300 marks the 22nd year of the listing—and another year in which Canada’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector set a revenue record. For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s ICT companies click here.

Norsat Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s President and CEO ranked #49 on the Annual Profit W100 Ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs. The publication ranks Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners and leaders. For a full listing of the Profit/Chatelaine W100 list click here.

Product Spotlight

The 5000 Series PLL (Phase-locked loop) LNBs (Low Boise Block Downconverter) are ideally suited for high-end broadcast applications including DBV (digital broadcast video), VSAT broadband, military satcom, point-of-sale, and oil and gas. Available in standard and extended frequencies, the 5000 Series has LO (Local Oscillator) stabilities of +/- 50 kHz, +/-75 kHz, +/-100 kHz, and +/-250 kHz to meet our customers varying applications and environments.Product_image

This new family delivers high performance and reliability at an industry leading price point and rounds out Norsat’s comprehensive portfolio of C-Band LNBs which includes the 3000 PLL, the 3000 External Reference, and the 8000 Digital DRO. This full family of products allows Norsat to provide stabilities ranging from +/- 2 kHz through to +/-500 kHz, with the added capability of customizing frequencies for unique applications.

For more information on the 5000 Series click here.

 

Events

Spring is trade show season and it was an eventful time for the Norsat Sales and Marketing teams with seven shows between March 10 and the beginning of June.

Just back from the ever popular CommunicAsia show in Singapore, the show was a smashing success, and gave Norsat’s Asia Sales team the opportunity to meet some new faces and catch up with customers and partners. This trade show also gave Norsat the chance to show off our newest products and provided us with some great insight into what’s around the corner for our industry in the APAC region. Next up on the trade show stop is APCO, August 16-19 in Washington DC for our Sinclair Division.

Norsat in the News

SatMagazine June 2015 Issue – Read a contributed article titled “A Primer On the Language Of…LNB + BUC” in the June issue of SatMagzine written by Norsat’s very own Senior Product Marketing Manager, Sheri Morita.

Here is a synopsis of what the article is about:

The satellite industry is full of people, myself included, who do not have backgrounds in Engineering. For those of us who fall into this camp the specifications for radio-frequency (RF) devices can be mysterious and intimidating—arcane symbols and abbreviations we do not understand and numbers whose significance eludes us.

Microwave Product Design June issue – Learn more about the Considerations and Choices for Military Satellite Communications in our contributed article in the June issue of Microwave Product Design. This article highlights Norsat’s GLOBETrekker 2.0 and discusses military grade portable satellite terminals, and some of the considerations that our customers have explored when choosing products to fit their requirements.

Via Satellite
April 15, 2015 – Norsat Awarded US Defense Contract for Portable Satellite Terminals
April 13, 2015 – Norsat Introduces New High Performance LNB

SatNews
April 14, 2015 – Norsat’s New Family Member… That Is Quieter, Costs Less + Provides High Performance
April 7, 2015 – @ NABSHOW: Norsat International Present + Accounted For With Their Satellite + Microwave Offerings

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Learn More About the Specifications for LNBs and BUCs

Posted on Thursday, June 18

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Specification sheets for microwave components such as LNBs and BUCs are meant to provide the information you need to determine which of the products available in the market are best suited to your needs. If you are an Engineer it is easy to read these documents and make the necessary comparisons. If you do not have a background in Engineering it is a bit more complicated. For some specifications more is better, and for other less is more. An understanding of what the specifications actually mean and what their impact is on the system is important in order to make good decisions.

Sheri Morita, Norsat’s Senior Product Manager, has written an article for the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine that delves into some of the more common specifications for LNBs and BUCs. Topics addressed include an explanation of decibels (dB) – the measurement unit for many specifications; understanding what VSWR is and how it relates to return loss; a discussion on gain and gain variation; information on output power and the difference between Plin, P1dB and Psat; why L.O. stability is important for some applications but not others; and insights into noise, phase noise and spurious.

If you are responsible for purchasing LNBs and BUCs, or if you are simply interested in learning more on these topic then download the June 2015 edition of SatMagazine and read “A Primer On The Language Of… LNB + BUC”

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Innovative Technologies at Asia’s Representative Event – CommunicAsia

Posted on Thursday, June 4

IMG_1703This week at CommunicAsia2015, Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, the latest innovative technologies from Big Data, Business Analytics, Cloud technologies, IoT, to Zigbee were unveiled. SatComm2015, a part of CommunicAsia2015, provided a strategic platform for the satellite communication industry to congregate and address key satellite-based issues within Asia-Pacific’s mobile ecosystem. It also provided an avenue for players to be updated on the latest satellite technologies.

Much like the Satellite 2015 show, CommunicAsia was much busier than in 2014, and the general thoughts around the industry are very positive. Unlike Satellite 2015 however, there is not much talk or demand for Ka-band products in Asia, although the discussions are starting.
Norsat’s ATOM BUC was again a huge draw and still remains the smallest, lightest, and most power efficient BUC on the planet despite some recent claims by others (yet their own specifications show it not to be true!).

Asia is still a C-Band market and Norsat’s new 5000 series C-Band PLL LNB garnered a lot of interest given its PLL performance at near DRO prices. Customers were happy to see this new product from Norsat as it fills a gap in the L.O. stability between Norsat’s 3000 and 8000 product lines. Norsat also entertained several in-depth discussions with prospects on our VSAT terminals.

On Monday, June 1, the Canadian Federal Government held a reception with about t 150 people in attendance. The event provided Canadian companies with a business networking platform to meet with companies from different countries in the APAC region.

All in all the show was a success with the Norsat booth constantly busy with customers appreciating Norsat’s standard products and our ability to deliver custom products fast.

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Norsat President & CEO Ranks #49 on Profit/Chatelaine W100

Posted on Monday, June 1

Profit-ChatelaineW100_2015_logoDr. Amiee Chan, President & CEO ranked #49 on the 17th annual Profit/Chatelaine W100 List. The PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is Canada’s largest celebration of achievement by women business owners. Produced by the editors of PROFIT and Chatelaine, the rankings and extended coverage of the women honored are published in print and online. The W100 ranks female business leaders using a proprietary formula that considers the size, growth rate and profitability of the companies they own and manage.

It may seem a bit antiquated to shine the spotlight on women alone, but sadly, it’s still vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs and leaders. Women still earn 24% less than men, while occupying just 16% of the seats on corporate boards. Moreover, when women found a company with a male partner, it’s the man who ends up as the head of the company in 85% of cases.

It is no wonder that Dr. Chan made this list! On top of being a female in a male dominated industry, her strategic vision has enabled Norsat to become a leading provider of innovative communication solutions. Her customer focused product development strategy has led to the successful commercialization of products for the satellite and wireless markets.

Since taking the reins at Norsat in 2006, Dr. Chan has led the company from near insolvency to consistent revenue growth and profitability. She is well known for her entrepreneurship and financial management within the satellite communications industry and the local business community.

To see the complete ranking and list of the 2015 PROFIT/Chatelaine Top Female Entrepreneurs click here.

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Take the 2015 Norsat Customer Survey for Your Chance to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card

Posted on Friday, May 22

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survey-newsNorsat International is committed to total customer satisfaction by delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations.  Here at Norsat, we take this promise very seriously!

We invite you to take our 2015 Customer Survey and give Norsat the opportunity to improve our products and services to better meet your needs. Listening to our customers is the only way to guarantee we create products that you actually want to buy. Customer feedback is commonly used throughout the product development process to ensure that the end product is something that solves a customer’s problem or fulfils a need.

The survey includes questions about products, technical support, and Norsat’s corporate identity.  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will remain saved if you need to come back to finish the survey later.

Take the Survey Graphic half sizeComplete the survey by June 19th and as a thank you, we will enter your name into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card. You can complete the survey anonymously, but you’ll need to give us your email address to win the prize.

We thank you in advance for completing the survey!

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Norsat Hosts NATO for Official Acceptance Testing

Posted on Thursday, May 21

Norsat hosted two representatives from NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) to review the DART+ (Dual-band Auto-acquire Rapid-deployable) satellite terminal upgrades that Norsat completed for NATO. Norsat worked exclusively with NATO to design and develop the innovative DART+ product which has been deployed in active combat areas since January 2012, and is now an integral part of NCIA’s field communications program.
The DART+ terminals are used to provide data, voice and telecommunications within the theater of operation, and enable field personnel to establish communications anywhere regardless of infrastructure availability or environmental conditions.NATO_testing_Dec2014NATO_testing_2_Dec2014

This site visit focused on ensuring that the previous DART terminals were upgraded to meet the new features and functionality of the new DART+ satellites and were completed to NATO’s satisfaction. These on-site Factory Acceptance Tests ensure that the system is functioning properly before the remainder of the DART terminals undergo the upgrades. Key test areas that NATO reviewed were the ability to track inclined orbit satellites and fiber optic connectivity. Testing also included itemizing components, verifying the quality of work, and temperature cycling. Our guests didn’t have to endure the Vancouver rain, but did have to stand outside in close to zero degree weather while Norsat’s experienced production technicians ran through the extensive testing.

We are happy to report that after three days of rigorous testing that Norsat has received official Acceptance from NATO.

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The Satellite Industry Responds to Nepal and Other Natural Disasters

Posted on Wednesday, May 13

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On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Nepal, causing massive damage and loss of life that has not yet been fully tallied. Homes, businesses, UNESCO World Heritage sites and terrestrial communications infrastructure – none were immune to the tremblor. In the days that have followed the quake several stories have emerged of satellite companies rushing to provide emergency telecommunications services to the stricken nation.

This leap to assist is not an isolated event. The Haiti earthquake of 2010. The Niger food crisis of 2005. Hurricane Katrina. Whenever calamity strikes the satellite industry seems to be there – amongst the first to offer the support that is crucial to providing immediate aid and restoring order. The individual players may change from crisis to crisis, but the story remains the same – vulnerable terrestrial communications systems either do not exist or have been rendered inoperable and satellite systems are brought in to fill the void.

Those of us in the satellite industry take this rapid deployment of telecommunications in our stride; it is what we do on a day-to-day basis after all. We should pause though from time to time to think about how remarkable it is that a completely functional communications system can be deployed with such speed. That such a thing is possible speaks to lifetimes of effort from a very great number of people. Together we have created something wonderful – the ability to help relieve suffering. We should all be proud of our industry for what it has contributed to the common good.

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Norsat ranks 90 on the Who’s Who in Canadian ICT List

Posted on Wednesday, April 29

2015-Branham300-B300-Logo-Badge-MEDIUMNorsat International is proud to rank #90 on the Branham300, up eight spots from our 2013 ranking.

The Branham300 list recognizes the top public and private Canadian companies working in Information & Communication Technology, as ranked by revenues.
Norsat has made measurable progress in advancing its leadership position within the industry with our innovative communications technology solutions and is excited for the opportunities to grow our business into 2015 and beyond.

The 2015 Edition of the Branham300 marks the 22nd year of the listing—and another year in which Canada’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector set a revenue record.

The ICT sector in Canada continues to impress. For the fifth consecutive year, the Top 250 recorded growth and set record revenues, and 2014 was no exception with an increase in revenues of 6.8% to $90.9 billion.

That is a remarkable total, especially considering that revenues at companies such as BlackBerry, the former king of Canada’s ICT sector, dropped 38% to $7.7 billion in fiscal 2014.

The Branham Group is a leading consultancy, exclusively focused on the technology sector. They deliver intelligence and knowledge as focused analysis, breakthrough advice and thought leadership.

For further information on the Branham 300, and a complete listing of the Canada’s ICT companies click here.

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Some Cool Technology Hits the Street at NAB 2015

Posted on Tuesday, April 21

There was some cool and exciting new technology launched at the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 show last week in Las Vegas and nothing could have been cooler than Norsat’s high performance 5000 Series PLL LNBs! (ok maybe those drones with video cameras might have been the coolest, but we were a close second I am sure!)

20150413_150705Norsat launched our new 5000 Series LNBs which are ideally suited for high-end broadcast applications including DBV (digital broadcast video), VSAT broadband, military satcom, point-of-sale, and oil and gas. The 5000 Series was well received by customers and prospects, especially from Latin America, as it fills a gap in the L.O. stability between Norsat’s 3000 and 8000 product lines and comes at a very attractive price point.  At the show we also were showcasing our ATOM Series of BUCs and SSPAs and our Ranger microsat terminal, which garnered a fair amount of attention as well.

Our team had fantastic meetings with our partners SatCom Resources, IK Tech, and ThinKom, and Norsat’s microwave products were on display or integrated into satellite terminals at several of our partners’ booths. Thanks to TVG-SEG, Viking Satellite, Superior Satellite Engineers, DH Antennas, for your continued support!

The majority of inquiries we received were for Ku-Band, but there were also a few questions about availability of products for S-band. As well, despite the “rumblings” in various parts of the world about reappropriating C-Band frequency for terrestrial applications, we are still seeing a huge demand and long-term deployment interest from customers in the broadcast arena.  

20150413_161759Overall traffic for the show was excellent and kept our sales team busy. Even though our feet are still tired and the Vegas exhaustion is just subsiding, we are already counting the days until the NAB 2016 show, April 16th 2016. See you on the show floor next year!

 

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Distributor Focus: Unmanned Systems Source

Posted on Thursday, April 9

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Norsat is pleased to announce that we have recently signed an agreement to partner with Unmanned Systems to help bring Norsat’s ATOM Series of satellite communication solutions to customers around the world.

Unmanned Systems Source is an online, e-commerce warehouse with the fastest growing selection of unmanned systems and remote sensing products available today. It is positioned as a “one-stop-shop” that serves the commercial, governmental and public sectors.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Unmanned System Source provides direct benefits to visitors – including the ability to research, configure and purchase a fully customized unmanned system to suit specific applications…all at the click of a mouse.

Unmanned Systems Source supports the customization process through extensive product descriptions, technical data and drawings, detailed specifications, comparison tools, educational resources, as well as an internal team of technical and configuration specialists available to answer questions. All this plus, competitive pricing, convenient shipping and a helpful and courteous customer support staff. Refunds and returns are available for all products purchased.

“The Unmanned System Source website is targeted directly at unmanned systems integrators, it is an ideal place to list our ATOM Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) and Block Upconverters (BUCs.)  The Norsat ATOM series of Ku-band SSPAs and BUCs ranging in power from 25W to 250W, are smaller and lighter than any product currently on the market, and are particularly useful for COTM/SOTM platforms with size, weight, and power constraints. The ATOM products are airborne qualified and have been implemented in Line-of-sight (LOS) and Beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications payloads in Group 3 or larger UAVs,” stated Dr. Amiee Chan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norsat International Inc.

For more information about Unmanned System Source, and the Norsat products they carry, please click here or go to http://www.unmannedsystemssource.com/

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The Celebration of Satellite – A Satellite 2015 Retrospective

Posted on Wednesday, March 25

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IMG_1267Here it is the end of March, and another Satellite Show has come and gone. This year’s conference was great! We met with many of our customers, connected with colleagues, and made some new friends. We have not seen the final numbers, but the show seemed to be well attended – the Norsat booth was VERY busy; we had a steady stream of visitors. At times they were even lining up to talk with us! Most of the other exhibitors seemed to be enjoying good traffic as well – the exhibit hall was a hive of activity (especially around happy hour). The sessions were well attended and were filled
with interesting dialogue and discussions. A good time seemed to be had by all.

On the technology front there was a lot of interest in Ka-band uptake; in particular around O3b, Kymeta and WGS, as well as with the availability of new terminals. Comms-on-the-Move discussions focused on multi-band, lower profiles and airborne. As with previous years, there was a great deal of discussion around HTS – whatever your definition.

With all of the positives, one thing that we found lacking was the edgy buzz that comes from truly original and exciting products and ideas (except, of course for Norsat’s very small, light-weight and power efficient ATOM Ka-band BUC!). Don’t get us wrong, there were a lot of new products on offer, but at least for the ground segment it was mainly additions to existing product lines or expansions into existing territories rather than fresh and novel solutions. Perhaps this is a testament to the maturity of the satellite industry – all of the significant problems have been solved as efficiently and effectively as they can be. Or perhaps we are making an unfair comparison to the overall technology industry where new ideas and solutions pop up with dizzying speed. But we believe there is opportunity to bring excitement back to our industry. The theme of Satellite 2016 is “Innovation”. The gauntlet has been thrown down. We look forward to seeing who will take up the challenge, and what new wonders we may see next March!

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Norsat Celebrates the Story of Satellite at the Satellite 2015 Conference & Expo

Posted on Tuesday, March 17

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Satellite 2015, the premier event in satellite-enabled communications, attracts satellite end-users representing the entire ecosystem of the satellite community including broadcast, military and government, enterprise, telecommunications, mobility, maritime, and commercial. It’s where the who’s who in Satellite technology meet to discuss the latest advancements, newest technologies and emerging areas, explore the communications challenges and discover the latest trends in satellite communications.

Norsat is showcasing our leading edge satellite solutions including our GLOBETrekker2.0, feature rich, auto-acquire fly-away satellite terminal, the Ranger ultra-portable, microsat terminal, and the CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit which gives you the capability to connect to remote resources and establish reliable communications in four ways:

  • BGAN satellite terminal,
  • handheld satellite phone,
  • cellular data network
  • Land Mobile Radio (LMR).

IMG_4340lowresNorsat is also featuring our microwave product lines including our popular ATOM series of Block upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), the industries smallest, lightest and most power efficient available on the market. The ATOM line of Ka and Ku-band BUCs and SSPAs are ideal for a variety of applications including COTM/COTP, Portable VSAT, CDL, Airborne, RADAR and TWTA replacement.

Come visit us at booth #4081 to speak with one of our knowledgeable satellite representatives.

For more information on Satellite 2015 go to www.satshow.com

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Viva Las Vegas! Norsat’s Sinclair Division Exhibits at International Wireless Conference & Expo

Posted on Monday, March 16

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The 2015 International Wireless Conference and Expo (IWCE), held this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will host 350 exhibitors showcasing the newest and latest products and trends in the communications industry and Norsat’s Sinclair Division will be there!

This is a very important event for Sinclair Technologies as it provides the opportunity for over 7,000 individuals in target industries to visit our booth to learn more about our line of antennas, RF Conditioning Products and accessories.  Officials and executives from public safety, utilities, transportation government/military and commercial business industries will be able to see and get detailed specifications on our various environmentally durable Collinear and Dipole antennas, the compact and broadband SE412-WBL Series of antennas which covers the full range of 694 – 960MHz. In addition, we will have on display antennas for the transportation market such as the low profile  SM700 Series antenna with full frequency range from 694MHz up to 6000MHz, the concealed bumper mount SHA211 Series antenna and the Excal ST221 Series antenna made for trains, taxis, and emergency vehicles.  You can’t miss the standing display of our latest ceramic combiner with up to 12 channel capacity, featuring lower insertion loss at minimum spacing and 50% less of footprint comparing to cavity base ones. Visitors will also see filtering products like rugged Duplexers, Tower Top Amplifiers, and more.

Be sure to visit us at Booth #1069 to see our products, speak to a Sinclair Representative and if you come early enough, you might get a little gift.

For more information about Sinclair products, visit www.sinctech.com.

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Norsat Newsflash Q1 2015

Posted on Friday, March 13

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Norsat Highlights

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In February, Norsat announced a $3.5 million order from a major Tier 1 Eurasian defense contractor for a broad range of portable satellite terminals. One of the driving factors in winning this contract was that Norsat could provide all of the products required by the customer including manpacks, flyaways, fixed terminals, maritime terminals, LNBs and BUCs. Norsat has made concerted efforts to invest and develop technology to further diversify our product offerings to meet the expanding needs of customers around the globe. Read more here.

Norsat signed a 3-year standing order with BC Emergency Health Services for its Comshel, communication shelters. The structures will be installed over the next three years to protect communications equipment in the mountainous western regions of Canada, permitting emergency personnel to effectively service the residents of British Columbia while ensuring communications equipment survives the harsh outdoor environment.

The Company delivered the first Ka-band ATOM 25 Watt Block Upconverter (BUC) to a key military customer for integration into a ground vehicle Comms-On-the-Move application. Norsat continues to stay at the forefront of innovation and is committed to developing and releasing products to meet customers expanding needs and the demands of the marketplace. Norsat anticipates that the product will be generally available in Q3, 2015. To learn more about Ka-band vs. Ku-band, read our blog titled “The Ka-bandwagon”.

Norsat successfully commenced trading on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol “NSAT” on February 10th. Read our blog titled “Norsat is welcomed to the Biggest Stage in Business – the NYSE MKT. To view the bell ringing ceremony click here. The Company continues its record of annual profitability with our eighth consecutive year of profit under our leader and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan. View our 2014 Year End Financials here.

Product Spotlight – Journey Manpack

journey_mpNorsat recently introduced its latest addition to our ultra-portable satellite
terminal line, the 0.9M Journey Manpack. The Journey Manpack is a highly
integrated complete solution including a compact, segmented antenna system,
BUC, LNB, optional modem, comprehensive alignment tools, and a single backpack.
Weighing less than 18 kg (40 pounds), the Journey Manpack is ideal for military
Special Forces and government applications that require maximum portability.
This assisted-acquire satellite terminal can be quickly assembled without tools
and requires minimal training to assemble and operate. For more information on
the Journey Manpack click here.

Join Norsat at these 2015 Tradeshows

It will be a busy spring with trade show season kicking into full-gear! 
Norsat is exhibiting at the following events over the next month. If you’re
attending CABSAT, Satellite, IWCE or NAB 2015, make sure you stop by the Norsat
booth to say hello, see our latest technology on display or speak with one of
our communications experts.

CABSAT 2015

Location: Dubai, UAE, Dubai World Trade Center
Booth: 813, Hall 8
Date: March 10-12

Norsat is attending CABSAT 2015 in Dubai this week! CABSAT is the number one
event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region for all industry
professionals within the Broadcast, Satellite, Content Delivery and Digital
Media sectors.

For more information about CABSAT 2015, please visit their website.

Satellite 2015

Location: Washington D.C., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Booth: 4081
Date: March 16-19

SATELLITE 2015 is the largest gathering of all markets in satellite-enabled communications bringing together more than 12,000 satellite professionals representing 91 countries from the military/government, broadcast, enterprise, mobile, telecommunications, maritime and commercial markets to learn best practices, discover new technology and collaborate with colleagues during four, information-packed days.
Norsat will be featuring our ATOM line of Ku and Ka-band Block upconverters and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), plus a wide array of microwave products. We will also be demonstrating our GLOBETrekker and Ranger satellite terminals.

Come visit us at booth #4081

Register for
Satellite 2015 for FREE!

Use VIP Code: NORMAH

To book an appointment call 1-800-644-4562 / +1 604-821-2800 or email sales@norsat.com

For more information about Satellite 2015, please visit the website.

IWCE 2015

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
Booth: 1069
Date: March 16-20

International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) has been the authoritative annual event for communications technology professionals in the working world. IWCE features over 350 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and trends in the industry. Over 7,000 individuals attend from a diverse group of industry professionals including government/military; public safety (law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical & 911); utility; transportation and business enterprise. Norsat’s Sinclair Division will be showcasing our latest innovations and high performance antennas, filters, multicouplers, and accessories.

Come visit us at booth #1069

NAB 2015

Location: Las Vegas Convention Cente, Las Vegas, NV
Booth: SU3306
Date: April 13-16

With over 97,000 media and entertainment attendees from 159 countries, the 2015 NAB Show attendees represent every sector of the industry including: Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Education, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military/Government, Retail, Security, Sports, IT and more.

The 2015 show will include Connected Media|IP, focusing on the consumer experience; the Drone Pavilion, featuring a fully enclosed “flying cage” for demonstrations; New Media Expo (NMX), hosting celebrity bloggers, podcasters and digital content creators; SPROCKIT, where market-ready startups present their new ideas; StudioXperience, a live studio using all the latest tools; and so much more.

Visit us at booth #SU3306!

To book an appointment call 1-800-644-4562 / +1 604-821-2800 or email sales@norsat.com

For more information about NAB 2015, please visit their website.

Norsat in the News

SatMagazine December 2014 Issue – Check out our Year in Review article that was published in SatMagazine where Norsat recaps some of the highlights and challenges faced in 2014.

MilsatMagazine December 2014 Issue – Want to know what Norsat had to say about our year in the Military Satellite market? Read our Year in Review article in MilSatMagazine.

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Norsat Exhibits at the #1 Event for Broadcast, Satellite & Digital Media across Middle East, Africa and South Asia

Posted on Tuesday, March 3

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From March 10 to 12th, more than 12,000 attendees will descend upon the Dubai World Trade Center which will once again playing host to CABSAT 2015.  

CABSAT has evolved to be the number one event and leading platform for the broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.

The MENA region is an important market for Norsat as it is expected to grow exponentially in the content and entertainment industries and is a steady growing market for our company. The CABSAT show provides Norsat with the opportunity to meet customers, resellers and introduce new products into this market. We are looking to strengthen our network within this region and welcome discussions from interested partners.

This year Norsat will be showcasing our ATOM line of Block upconverters and solid state amplifiers which are small, lightweight and extremely powerful. Their small size and robust performance, as well as their ability to be easily integrated into a variety of systems, make them ideal for portable applications such as broadcast, airborne, and comms on the move. The ATOM series is flexible and can be configured and customized to meet varying application requirements. Norsat will also be demonstrating our Ranger high performance ruggedized satellite terminal which is ideal for rapid deployments where portability is essential. The Ranger is available in 45cm and 60cm antenna sizes. Norsat’s assisted acquire fly-away terminals have been field tested and proven to withstand the challenging conditions of military, broadcast and resource sector applications.

Make sure you stop by the Norsat booth (#813) to say hello, see our latest technology on display or speak with one of our communications experts. Please contact us to set up a meeting during the show.

For more information about Norsat’s innovative microwave and satcom solutions, please visit www.norsat.com.

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The Ka-bandwagon

Posted on Thursday, February 12

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Earlier this week Norsat announced that we have shipped a prototype of our new ATOM 25W Ka-band BUC to a key defense customer. One of the comments in the announcement was that Ka-band communications offer higher throughput than Ku-band. NSR predicts that in global government and military and satellite communications the CAGR for spending on Ka-band will outpace that of Ku-band by over 15%. Does this mean that Ka-band is the better band? Not necessarily.

Ka-band does provide some significant advantages. End users benefit from the lighter weight of smaller aperture antennas. Higher throughput enables today’s bandwidth intensive applications. Providers are able to exploit opportunities for frequency reuse due to smaller beams, but there are some disadvantages too. Ka-band is more susceptible to rain fade, and changing out existing Ku-band equipment is costly. It is also worth remembering that Ku-band has its advantages too. Ku-band’s wide beams are able to provide broader geographic coverage, and the relative maturity of the market makes for lower equipment costs.

So, should you be jumping on the Ka-bandwagon? It really depends on your individual needs. Both Ka-band and Ku-band can be part of an overall communications strategy, and fortunately the ATOM line of BUCs and SSPAs is available for both!

For more information on Norsat’s ATOM BUCs visit http://www.norsat.com/solutions/norsat-microwave-products/atom-series/ or contact sales.

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Norsat is Welcomed to the Biggest Stage in Business – the NYSE MKT

Posted on Tuesday, February 10

150210_CB3Tuesday, February 10th marks a momentous day as Norsat International’s common stock started trading on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol NSAT.  The NYSE is a prestigious institution and listing on the NYSE MKT was a critical step in our financial journey as it will allow Norsat to expand our leadership position within the highly specialized communications marketplace. This milestone also offers our shareholders expanded visibility and liquidity by providing access to a much broader segment of the investment community that is able to acquire and trade the company’s shares, translating into enhanced shareholder value going forward.

Featured on the NYSE website and on television networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, reaching millions of viewers worldwide, is the loud ringing of a bell, signaling the opening or closing of the day’s trading. Dr. Amiee Chan, President and CEO of Norsat, along with Arthur Chin, CFO and members of Norsat’s Board of Directors were privileged to ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange on February 10th.  The gavel has always been used in conjunction with the closing bell, and Fabio Doninelli, Norsat’s Chairman of the Board had the honors of striking the gavel.

Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, “We are excited about commencing our new listing on the NYSE MKT and honored to have participated in the closing bell ceremony of this well-established institution, the New York Stock Exchange. I commend our employees for their hard work and devotion in making Norsat a leading company within the customized communications marketplace. We look forward to the future with much excitement.”

To watch the bell ringing, go to http://new.livestream.com/NYSE or view the video on Norsat’s website at http://www.norsat.com/investors/events/

150210_NSAT044The NYSE MKT is a fully integrated trading venue within the NYSE community and leverages the NYSE’s advanced and innovative market model to offer a premier value for listing and trading the stocks of small companies. The venue utilizes the trading, connectivity and routing technologies of the NYSE platform and offers superior price discovery, superior liquidity and reduced trading volatility. Listed companies benefit from issuer-selected Designated Market Makers (DMM) that utilize world-class NYSE trading systems to discover and improve prices, dampen volatility, add liquidity and enhance value. In addition, NYSE MKT-listed companies gain access to the brand visibility and are eligible for the issuer services enjoyed by the NYSE community.

The Company’s Common Shares will also continue to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) under the symbol “NII”. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at investor@norsat.comor by phone at 1-604-821-2800.

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Norsat Sales Gathers for Strategic Learning Sessions

Posted on Friday, February 6

The Norsat Worldwide Sales Team was in Vancouver last week for our annual Sales and Marketing Conference. The three-day session included presentations from the Norsat executive, engineering, product marketing and marketing communications. Each of the satellite and microwave sales members outlined their territory and sales plans for the year as well.

Team members from our engineering and customer support conducted hands-on training including a demo of the 1.8M SigmaLink transportable satellite terminal and the LinkControl Software features such as the acquisition and control interfaces, pre-configurable user profiles and auto-detection capabilities for easy modem or bandwidth switching.

A good portion of the conference was dedicated to discussion around product roadmap and market/customer requirements, and how Norsat can continue to innovate in order to meet our customer needs.

For a break from the technical presentations, the sales and marketing department participated in the Marshmallow Challenge, a fun team building and instructional design exercise which encourages teams to work collaboratively, and think innovatively and creatively.

Congratulations to Sheri Morita, Microwave Product Manager and Stan Mullery, Norsat UK Sales on completing the challenge with their rendition of the Eiffel tower.

LinkControl&TeamBuilding collageConducting yearly sales training allows the sales and marketing teams to understand the strategic direction of the company and come together on a yearly basis to discuss sales strategies in order to help the business move to the next level and achieve our desired results.

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Norsat Newsflash December 2014

Posted on Tuesday, December 9

Holiday Greetings

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you to our loyal customers and partners. From all of us at Norsat, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very happy New Year.

Product Spotlight – Norsat ATOM Control Video

Norsat’s ATOM Control software features an easy to use user Interface that gives you the ability to monitor and control Norsat’s ATOM Series of BUCs & SSPAs. This video will serve as a guide for the download, installation and basic troubleshooting of the software.

Ready to Order & Ship

We have a wide range of in-stock microwave products that are ready to ship. Contact us for more information on pricing and other products available, or to place your order.

Norsat in the News

SatMagazine November 2014 Issue – Check out our latest case study that was published in SatMagazine. A Norsat Case In Point: Sharing FIFA Events With The World. This case study showcases how Norsat’s Newslink terminals, along with our LNBs, enable Televisa to broadcast FIFA content to millions of viewers around the globe.

MilsatMagazine September 2014 Issue – Featured in A Norsat Case in Point – Disaster Truck, Norsat’s NewsLink flyaway VSAT terminal enables broadcast of breaking news events globally.

Chatelaine Magazine – November 2014 – Norsat President & CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan is featured in an article on Canada’sTop Women Entrepreneurs

Business in Vancouver– Norsat has made five of Business in Vancouver’s Top 100 lists in 2014: Top 100 public companies in BC, Biggest telecommunications firms in BC, Top 100 Most Profitable Companies in BC, Top 100 high-tech companies and Top 100 fastest-growing companies!Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing

In order to continually improve our operational efforts, Norsat has recently ramped up our Lean manufacturing initiatives. Lean is a systematic method for the elimination of “waste” within a manufacturing process. Lean also takes into account waste created through overburden and waste created through unevenness in workloads. For more information on Lean manufacturing click here!

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Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s President & CEO Recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Posted on Thursday, November 27

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Norsat President and CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, has been named #15 on Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list. 

The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.

“I am honoured to have been selected by the panel of judges for this esteemed award. I would like to congratulate all of the winners named to this year’s Top 100 list,” stated Dr. Amiee Chan.

Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards celebrate and highlight professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is undergoing pressure to promote more female leaders into board and executive office positions. 

Dr. Chan is passionate about using her experience as a female leader to benefit women entering the work force and developing their careers.  She volunteers as a mentor for the Ms. Infinity Program with Women in Science and Technology, an organization devoted to encouraging women to develop careers in the traditionally male-dominated industries of science and technology.  She also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Girls and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), which introduces girls of all ages to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), providing them with experiences relevant to everyday life.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. The full list of WXN’s 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/.

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Remembering Our Fellow Canadians

Posted on Thursday, October 23

norsatOur thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the tragedy in Ottawa yesterday. A special thanks to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving this country in the armed forces and emergency services in our cities.

Norsat’s NewsLink terminal, shown beside the National War Memorial, continues to bring vital information to the public. Our commitment to quality and portability has made Norsat terminals a favoured choice for major worldwide broadcasters in critical communication situations.

We will continue our standard of excellence for innovative communications solutions that aid in information flow in challenging circumstances.

 

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Televisa- 2014 World Cup- Case Study

Posted on Wednesday, August 20

Televisa- 2014 World Cup -click here for the full case study.

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Televisa is the largest multimedia corporation in Latin America. It is a major international entertainment business offering content such as TV shows, sports and newscasts across Latin America. The Televisa team has recently been busy with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Their satellite team has travelled from Mexico to Brazil with their satellite truck, covering the Mexican team and it’s opponent’s matches. Oscar Herrera Ramirez is the Chief of Broadband and Satellite Network Operations at Televisa. He is responsible for the maintenance of the terminals, remote links with satellite and daily operations of the Televisa satellite team.

When they are not streaming a FIFA game, the satellite team is broadcasting reports, player interviews, location- specific news and more. During the football matches, they install antennas in areas where there are large gatherings of viewers, such as main plazas or city squares. Oscar explains to us how Norsat terminals enable the Televisa team to capture the public reaction the moment it happens. Norsat terminals stream the content to the International Broadcast Center in Rio, which is then broadcast to the world. Thousands of fans may be lucky enough to enjoy the football in person, but it’s estimated that over 3.2 billion of us will catch the live TV coverage, and Norsat and Televisa have a hand in making that happen.

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Televisa’s satellite operations unit uses Norsat LNBs as well as Norsat Newslink terminals. The LNBs being used for the  World Cup are used on 4.5, 3.7, 1.5 and 1.0 meter C and Ku Band antennas (pictured to the right). Norsat Newslink terminals have given the satellite team at Televisa the ability to provide rapid response to the needs of various Televisa productions. Oscar also explains that the quality of Norsat products has allowed them to be used by Televisa for a long period of time with little need for repair or upkeep. Oscar says that the primary reasons for purchasing Norsat equipment was cost, quality and technical support. 

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Norsat Newslink set up at a hotel ready for live broadcast.

When asked about the experience of working with Norsat products, Oscar replied that Norsat products give them a great deal of confidence in their job function. Norsat is pleased to provide Televisa with a dedicated technical support representative should the need arise. Oscar also commented that the design of Norsat terminals gives them the flexibility to adapt to different types of RF equipment and make upgrades to keep up with new technologies.

The Norsat Newslink

Norsat’s Flyaway Satellite Terminals are extremely rugged and transportable and are designed for newsgathering in challenging environments. Conveniently packaged in industrial cases and supported by advanced pointing tools, customers like Televisa are able to set up and begin transmitting in a matter of minutes, without technical expertise.

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Norsat’s Flyaway systems are field proven, rugged and reliable. With units continuously operating for more than eight years (by military and civilian customers) in locations including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Haiti, users like Oscar rely upon the extreme durability of Norsat’s Satellite Solutions for broadcast quality transmission when it matters most.

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Norsat’s LinkControl™ software seamlessly integrates all the tools needed for Satellite News Gathering with an easy to use interface and advanced capabilities.

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Norsat terminals feature tool-free setup and an intuitive deployment strategy. Norsat’s flyaway terminals are available in aperture sizes of 45 centimeters to 3.8 meters and include HD support with one or more airline checkable cases.

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Communication is Our Passion

Norsat is committed to helping customers get the most out of their products. Customers like Televisa benefit from Norsat’s mission of being a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. Televisa’s work at the 2014 World Cup is a great example of how Norsat connects the world to share some of the most exciting moments in history.

To find out more about Televisa, visit www.televisa com.

 

 

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Norsat and the US Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Posted on Monday, July 21

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We recently caught up with one of our military customers and he explained to us how Norsat’s technology has provided vital communication links for the US Army. SSG Allen is a former Staff Sergeant for the Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. He worked with Norsat Newslink terminals to deliver content to military families and the public through news affiliates using DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System). 

SSG Allen was based at a Multi-National Division in Northern Iraq. That particular division used a Norsat Newslink terminal to provide real-time communication with the US and to broadcast interviews from high-ranking officials about  military activities, concerns and special events in-theater.The Mobile Public Affairs’ Norsat Newslink terminal also enabled their detachment to “tell the soldier’s story”, enabling them to give b-roll and packages to news affiliates. 

SSG Allen commented that these lines of communication were key in increasing morale in the Soldiers and their families by allowing the transmission of “shout outs”. Through these broadcast messages, Soldiers were given the chance to regularly send love to their families.

At Norsat, we take pride in being a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. This is just one example of how our technology helps provide communications around the globe in a variety of unique situations. 

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New Video- ATOM Control Software

Posted on Thursday, July 3

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Norsat’s ATOMControl software features an easy to use user Interface that gives you the ability to monitor and control Norsat’s ATOM Series of BUCs & SSPAs. This video will serve as a guide for the download, installation and basic troubleshooting of the software.

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Norsat Newsflash June 2014

Posted on Tuesday, June 3

In Stock & Ready to Ship!

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Norsat is pleased to offer a wide range of in-stock microwave products that are ready to ship! Our large selection is just one of the reasons why Norsat is the world’s leading brand for microwave products. Here are just a few of the high-quality, fully tested products we have in stock. Please contact us online , by email or by telephone at 1 800 644 4562 to order or for more information on our other available products.

2014 Tradeshows

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Norsat was at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Show in Orlando, Florida this year. The Unmanned Systems show is the place to see the most comprehensive collection of unmanned systems for every domain including air, ground and maritime. We were pleased to show off our airborne product family including power amplifiers, BUCs, BDCs and LNBs.

Although we have been all over the globe this year at various shows, we still have more left! We will be exhibiting at:

CommunicAsia 2014
We are off to Singapore for CommunicAsia 2014. We will have with us our new ATOMseries BUCs and SSPAs, Ranger 60cm microsat terminal for the military satcom market, as well as new antenna and RF conditioning products from our Sinclair Division.

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Norsat will also be in Paris this June for Eurosatory which is an International Defence & Security industry trade show. We will be exhibiting in the Canadian Pavilion with our innovative, ruggedized microwave and satellite solutions geared towards our military users.

Norsat NewsLink™ Aids in Korea Ferry Accident Recovery Effort

Norsat is passionate about providing reliable equipment to support vital communications in challenging situations.The Norsat NewsLink™ is currently being used to stream live television news broadcast of the relief efforts from the tragic South Korean ferry accident.

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Other Norsat users have come to rely on the NewsLink’s extreme durability and ruggedness for operation in sandstorms, earthquake aftermaths, arctic conditions, and extreme rainfall. For more information click here.

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ATOM Launch

 We have officially launched our state-of-the-art ATOM line up of BUCs and SSPAs. Since launch, we have received an overwhelming response. Check out our video for details about ATOM and its applications.

 

Norsat AGM 2014

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We held our Norsat Annual General Meeting this year on May 7th in downtown Vancouver. We had a great turnout from our investors and the event was a success!

 

Norsat in the News…

ViaSatellite May Issue (pages 58 & 59)- Our CEO, Dr.Amiee Chan is featured in the May edition of ViaSatellite where she discusses how she found her passion for communications technology.

Satellite Evolution– Satellite Evolution covers the launch of our ATOM BUCs and SSPAs.

SatNews Publishers– SatNews Publishers covers our technology showcase for CommunicAsia 2014.

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SOFEX 2014 Amman, Jordan

Posted on Wednesday, May 14

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We were in Amman, Jordan last week attending SOFEX (Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference). SOFEX is a four-day event that kicks off with a conference that includes a series of seminars delivered by top military officials from around the world, tackling a wide range of issues related to counter terrorism and homeland security.

We were pleased to make some new connections from all across the globe, and we had a lot of interest in our flyaway terminals and newly launched state-of-the-art ATOM BUCs and SSPAs.

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Norsat NewsLink™ Aids in Korea Ferry Accident Recovery Effort

Posted on Tuesday, April 29

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Norsat is passionate about providing reliable equipment to support vital communications in challenging situations.The Norsat NewsLink™ is currently being used to stream live television news broadcast of the relief efforts from the tragic South Korean ferry accident.  

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Other Norsat users have come to rely on the NewsLinks’ extreme durability and ruggedness for operation in sandstorms, earthquake aftermaths, arctic conditions, and extreme rainfall.  For more information click here.

 

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Don’t Forget to Take the Norsat Customer Survey! Only 2 Days Left…

Posted on Monday, April 28

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Thank you to those of you who have already completed our customer survey! If you haven’t entered yet, be sure to complete the survey by April 30th. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and as a token of our appreciation for your feedback, all completed surveys will be eligible to win a $250 (or equivalent local currency) Amazon gift card. Click here to take the survey or contact us to let us know how can serve you better.

 

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New Video!

Posted on Tuesday, April 22

 

Check out our latest video which introduces the Norsat ATOM Series of BUCs and SSPAs. The ATOM Series are the smallest, lightest and most power efficient transmitters available on the market today. They are easily integrated into a wide variety of systems, making them ideal for any application. Find out more.

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Take the 2014 Norsat Customer Survey

Posted on Tuesday, April 8

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We invite you to take our 2014 Customer Survey and give Norsat the opportunity to improve our products and services to better meet your needs. We care about our customers and we strive to make your experience with Norsat a good one. 

Let us know what you think of our products, and your experience working with us so that we can continue to improve. Complete the survey by April 30th and as a token of our appreciation, you will be entered into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card. You can complete the survey anonymously, but you’ll need to give us your email address to win the prize. The survey includes questions about products, technical support, and Norsat’s corporate identity.  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will remain saved if you need to come back to finish the survey later.

Never purchased a Norsat product before?  Feel free to take the survey anyways, we’re always interested in hearing what you think of the satellite and microwave industry. Click the link below to take the online survey, and contact us if you have issues.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Norsat Newsflash- Spring 2014

Posted on Tuesday, March 25

Trade Show Special Edition

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Here at Norsat, trade show season is upon us, and we are excited to show off our latest innovations. Here is an update from our show season so far…

SATELLITE 2014: We have just arrived back from Satellite 2014, where we had available for demo our GLOBETrekker 2.0Ranger Ku 60cm, CFK 100E Comms Kit, VSAT Bundle, plus a wide array of microwave products including the NEW ATOM and ELEMENT series BUCs. We had a very successful show and would like to say a big thank you to our supporters and colleagues.

CABSAT 2014:  We were also at CABSAT in Dubai and had a great response to our M2M solution for the Oil & Gas Industry, the Sentinel RMC

NAB 2014: The next stop for Norsat is NAB 2014 where you can find us at booth SU02902. We will be holding a draw to give away our VSAT bundle to one lucky winner, so be sure to stop by and drop off your card!

Other upcoming tradeshows that we are attending include: CommunicAsia in Singapore and AUVSI ‘s Unmanned Systems Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

2014 Norsat Customer Survey

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Our annual customer survey will be open starting on April 8th. We hope that you will participate and share with us your valued feedback. By participating, you will  be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card! The survey will be open until April 30th and should take less than 5 minutes to complete. You can find the survey after April 8th on our website

 

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Product Spotlight- The CFK 100E Communications Kit

This kit supports simultaneous voice, video and data communications over classified and unclassified networks and is packaged in two airline carry-on cases for complete portability. It includes an HD webcam and headset for remote video conferencing as well as a scanner and smart card reader. The accessory case provides storage for additional rugged laptops, VoIP phones, satphones, printer and other accessories as needed.

Contact us today for more details or click here to view the full line of SATCOM Baseband Kits.

 

Norsat in the News…

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CTV Morning Live– Our CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan was a guest on CTV morning live in February, where she joined fellow female powerhouses for a discussion about breaking through the glass ceiling.

ViaSatellite Excellence Awards-  Dr. Chan is the recipient of a ViaSatellite Excellence Award for being an influential ‘Woman in Technology’. She accepted her award on March 13th at the awards breakfast hosted at Satellite 2014.

EP&T Magazine- In this article, we share what has driven our success in recent years with Electronic Products and Technology Magazine.

Satellite Evolution Asia– Our latest Disaster Truck Customer Case Study was  published this month in Satellite Evolution Asia.

ViaSatellite March Issue– Norsat is featured in this ViaSatellite article which  discusses the new era of satellite with some of the industry’s key visionaries; including our very own President & CEO.

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Join Norsat at these 2014 Tradeshows

Posted on Thursday, February 27

Trade show season is about to kick into full-gear, and this year Norsat is going to some great events.  If you’re attending Satellite, CABSAT, AUVSI or NAB 2014, make sure you stop by the Norsat booth to say hello, see our latest technology on display or speak with one of our communications experts.  Please contact us to set up a meeting during any of these shows, or see below for more details.


Satellite 2014

Location: Washington D.C., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Booth: 3090
Date: March 11-13
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The Satellite 2014 Exhibition brings together thousands of communications professionals in the satellite community to explore next generation products and technology, including Norsat’s latest and greatest offerings.  We will display our  GLOBETrekker™ 2.0, Ranger Ku 60cm satcom terminal, CFK 100E Communications Kit, VSAT Bundle, plus  a wide array of microwave products including the NEW ATOM and ELEMENT series BUCs. You can register for Satellite 2014 for FREE, using VIP Code NOR253, or contact us to set up a meeting.


CABSAT 2014

Location: Dubai, UAE, Dubai World Trade CenterCABSAT showBooth: A2-43, Hall 1
Date: March 11-13

CABSAT is the  most well established and respected trade platform for the broadcast, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and Southern Asian regions.  We will be demonstrating our M2M Solution for the Oil & Gas Industry; the Sentinel RMC, our new ATOM BUCs and the Ranger 60cm Ku along with various other microwave products.  CABSAT Registration is free, so click here to register and meet with us there.  


AUVSI 2014

Location: Orlando, FLA, Orange County Convention Center 
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 May 13-15

Bringing together some of the industry’s top decisions makers, AUVSI Unmanned Systems is the place  to see the most comprehensive collection of unmanned systems for every domain- air, ground and maritime. We will be showcasing some of our latest microwave product offerings.

 

NAB 2014

Location: Las Vegas, NV, Las Vegas Convention CenteNAB_logosmall
Booth: SU 3302
Date: April 5-10

NAB brings together the widest variety of communications industry players, who come for creative inspiration and to learn about next-generation technologies.  Norsat will be displaying a variety of cutting edge broadcast equipment and service options at NAB, so register now for free using “code 2014” by March 21st to join us.

CommunicAsia 2014

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Date: June 17-20

CommunicAsia is a key international event for communications and information technology companies. Norsat and our subsidiary, Sinclair Technologies will be exhibiting our innovative communications solutions. Contact us here to book a meeting.

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ViaSatellite Awards Breakfast at Satellite 2014

Posted on Wednesday, February 26

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Norsat President & CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan has received the ViaSatellite Excellence Award for being an influential ‘Woman in Technology”. She will receive the award at the Satellite 2014 Show on March 13th at the Winners Breakfast which will recognize the innovative companies, technologies, campaigns and people who have helped shape the success of the global satellite industry. For more information on the Awards, click here.

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Dr. Amiee Chan on CTV

Posted on Thursday, January 30

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Today, Norsat’s CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, was featured in a discussion panel airing on CTV Morning Live. She was speaking with a select group of Canada’s most successful women and fellow recipients of the WXN Top 100 Award. The segment was aired just before the start of the BC WXN Summit in Vancouver. The topics covered included; the glass ceiling, challenges women face in the modern workplace, differences in managing men and women, and managing a healthy work/life balance.To view Amiee on CTV, click here and look for the “Top Businesswomen Share Tips for Career Success” segment.

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Norsat NewsFlash Holiday 2013

Posted on Wednesday, December 18

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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Norsat, we would like to wish you and yours a happy and healthy
holiday season, and all the best for 2014. We would like to thank all of our loyal customers and partners for your continued support. 

In Stock Items, Ready to Ship!

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We are pleased to offer a wide range of in-stock microwave products that are ready to ship. Above are some of the items we have available. Contact us for more information on pricing and other products available, or to place your order.

Norsat M2M Solutions

Norsat was at OilComm 2013 in November demonstrating our M2M solution; Sentinel RMC to key players in the Oil & Gas industry. The Sentinel RMC provides real-time data monitoring and control using a variety of communication services for data access from anywhere in the world. This complete end to end solution is the ideal platform for any application that requires real-time monitoring and control.

Harris Corporation

Norsat is proud to announce that last month, we received an order for $6.3M from Harris for our new ATOM Series of Ku Band Solid State Power Amplifiers. The ATOM SSPAs were chosen because they boast compact size, remote control capability and low life cycle costs which differentiate them from other SSPAs currently on the market. FOr more information on our ATOM line of high efficiency BUCs and SSPAs click here.

Customer Focus: Disaster Truck

In our most recent Customer Case Study, one of our customers shares with us his passion for communication, and how Norsat has helped enable his fascinating freelance career. Roger Hawkins is the President and founder of Disaster Truck, and uses a Norsat NewsLink terminal to capture and broadcast breaking news events around the world. Click here to find out more about Disaster Truck’s work using a Norsat fly-away terminal.

Norsat in the News…

Business in Focus BIF covers top Canadian businesses, and recently interviewed our President & CEO Dr. Amiee Chan for a feature article that outlines Norsat’s position as a leader in the satellite communications industry.

PROFIT Magazine  Our CEO discusses how to spike your sales by taking the niche approach in this article which covers international companies and their strategies for achieving long term growth.

ViaSatellite Excellence Awards Our CEO won a prestigious SATCOM industry award which honours her work as a prominent Woman in Technology. Look for her article in the January issue of ViaSatellite.

PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 Dr. Amiee Chan ranked #7 on this esteemed list which celebrates Canada’s top 100 female entrepreneurs of 2013.

Women’s Executive Network (WXN)–  Dr. Chan wins yet another award for being among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2013. These awards celebrate the professional achievements of women across the country. Dr.Chan was also featured on the cover of The Financial Post as a result of her win.

 

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Disaster Truck- A Case Study

Posted on Monday, December 16

Disaster Truck Case Study -click here for the full case study.

Background

Roger Hawkins is the President and founder of the freelance telecommunications organization, Disaster Truck. Disaster Truck utilizes Norsat’s flyaway satellite terminal, The NewsLink, to capture and broadcast breaking news events globally. Roger describes Disaster Truck as a fantasy. “It is a symbol for hard working freelance photographers and news gatherers who risk their lives to capture events so that the public can have access to truthful information about what is really happening in the world”. These stories provide the public with information that they could not otherwise see or have access to. His use of the iconic image of the World War II “Duck” (an amphibious vehicle that could go anywhere during times of crisis) implies that Disaster Truck can act as a beacon of hope by providing key communications in challenging situations.

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Roger’s Past

Roger Hawkins’ broadcasting career started when he joined CBS News as a satellite coordinator in 1987. He didn’t know much about satellites at the time, since his previous career was installing and maintaining local area computer networks. Satellite technology took off right around the time Roger began working as a remote news producer, initiating live shots from reporters for CBS affiliates in the US, and 77 foreign clients around the world.

Disaster Truck- The Early Years

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Roger explains how he was “disappointed at how little the US did as a country in terms of rescue and rehabilitation”. He recalls that at that time, the world just watched as “hundreds died waiting to be rescued”. That was when he conceptualized Disaster Truck, a telecommunications organization that would provide news organizations with the ability to broadcast breaking news events around the world during times of crisis. He looked for a high quality transportable unit and through a contact at CBS, he found out about Norsat’s flyway terminals. In 2006 he purchased a Norsat NewsLink flyaway VSAT terminal – a ruggedized, lightweight and portable terminal designed for news gathering in challenging environments. He bought the unit without knowing how to operate it, and without even having a prospective project.  In April of 2007, The Associated Press’ Middle Eastern Services unit was asked to broadcast live shots from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to cover the military hearings for certain foreign detainees.  A freelance cameraman and colleague of Roger’s alerted the Associated Press of Roger’s recently acquired Newslink, and three days later, they were broadcasting live from the famous naval base. The foreign television journalists included two Australian television networks, the CBC, France 24, as well as Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya from the Middle East. Over the next 20 months, Roger would return to Guantanamo Bay four more times for the Associated Press.

Roger says that this was when he realized the significance of his Norsat NewsLink terminal in facilitating his missions. Being rugged, portable and airline checkable, he remarked that he could pack it up at a moment’s notice and take it with him anywhere in the world. 

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Earthquake in Haiti

In January 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti. Although CBS owned three Newslink terminals, none of them were close enough to the Caribbean island to begin broadcasting quickly.  CBS chartered a plane to fly into the Dominican Republic overnight with Roger and his NewsLink terminal. The generator however, did not arrive with the terminal. Unable to generate enough power, they industriously wired up two Haitian taxi cabs and were able to create enough electricity to power the uplink and camera. Arriving 21 hours later was the prominent American reporter, Katie Couric, to cover the devastation. During his time in Haiti, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, NHK, asked him to work with their organization. Roger formed some strong partnerships with NHK Japan and they hired him four more times following the Haiti earthquake.

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Chile

Only two months after the Haitian earthquake in 2010, there was an 8.8 Magnitude earthquake in Conceptión, Chile. Roger travelled with the team at NHK to the roughest parts of Chile to stream live to New York and through a cable back to Japan. One of the reasons NHK hired Roger and Disaster Truck was because he was willing to go to lengths that others simply wouldn’t. He credits the Norsat NewsLink with enabling him to do this, by allowing him to access communications in areas where infrastructure was damaged or non-existent.

Also in 2010, the infamous Copiapo, Chile mine collapse occurred. Roger was present with NHK, arriving at the beginning and staying until after the rescue. He recalled that “When the rescuers completed a hole approximately 18 inches in diameter to send down food and water, NHK sent down a video camera. We showed them how to use the camera and for two and a half weeks they were able to interview each other and record messages for their loved ones who were waiting for them to be rescued”. They were able to cut 60 hours of video tape from the miners and subsequently made an Emmy-Award winning documentary on their experience.

Disaster Truck and Norsat

Disaster Truck has relied heavily on Norsat technology and support to capture these news events, and the Norsat NewsLink terminal has travelled with Roger all over the globe to capture it all. Roger claims that throughout his fascinating freelance career, he has always found “Norsat equipment to be rugged and reliable enough to function in any environmental condition”. The US Military has also chosen Norsat for many of the same reasons.  Roger recalled one instance at the Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, when he found that a small part had been damaged during a trip back from China.  Fortunately, the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay had the same Norsat terminal. The Military let Roger borrow their part and he was then able to get his terminal working again. Roger also notes that Norsat customer support has been helpful and responsive when answering his questions. Roger says that he is constantly pushing the terminal to its limits- demanding more and more out of it with each mission. “It’s not a problem with Norsat, they have a can-do attitude right along with me and we work together. Norsat customer support is stellar. I always say that if there isn’t a way, just keep trying, and they get that,” says Roger. “They have really gone above and beyond with any request I’ve ever had”.

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Norsat Upgrades

Norsat completed an upgrade for Roger when he needed a new RF transmitter module  (BUC). “I was originally working with a 25 Watt BUC and I upgraded to an 80 Watt BUC in 2010. I can say with confidence that this has been the best modification I could have made to the product” he stated. With the 80 Watt upgrade, he easily doubled his bandwidth to 9 MB, with power in reserve, in most locations on the globe. “This upgrade turned a terminal I was already pleased with into an extremely high powered unit that I have used to cover news events all over the world” said Roger. The most recent upgrade made for Roger’s NewsLink was the migration to an MPEG 4 encoder/modulator which enabled him to produce a true HD television signal without the use of any external equipment. This improved HD NewsLink travels in three suitcases and can be easily operated by one individual.

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Ease of Use

Besides excellent customer support, Roger noted how easy the terminal has been to use. When he was in Concepción, Chile covering the earthquake, he was in front of an apartment building that had split right in half. He was able to set up his Norsat NewsLink on the sidewalk and find the satellite between two large buildings. Many times, his team was so far south that the satellite was only 20 degrees above the horizon, which would have normally made satellite acquisition difficult. The Norsat NewsLink had no trouble acquiring the satellite and transmission was underway in a matter of minutes

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What’s Next for Disaster Truck?

Disaster Truck has recently been busy covering conferences of UN peace groups working in conflicted areas around the globe. As of late, its coverage has focused most heavily on resolution of Israel- Palestine conflict. Disaster Truck is currently going through a period of re-conceptualization, inquiring into different ways to illuminate the work of Non-Government Organizations who provide peace keeping services worldwide.

Communication is our Passion

Norsat is committed to helping customers get the most out of their products, and Disaster Truck embodies Norsat’s mission of being a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications.  Disaster Truck’s mantra is to always be able to supply real, unbiased information to the people no matter what the risk, or environmental limitation. To find out more about Disaster Truck, visit www.disastertruck.com.

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Microwave Products, in Stock and Ready to Ship!

Posted on Tuesday, December 10

We are constantly expanding our leading portfolio of high quality microwave components. We were pleased to add the following products to our catalog in 2013.Our large selection is just one of the reasons why Norsat is the world’s leading brand of microwave products.

Below are a few of the high-quality, fully tested products we have available in stock:

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Click here to contact us online or call 1.800.644.4562 for more information or to place your order.

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Dr. Amiee Chan Wins Multiple Awards for 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 3

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Norsat President & CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan has been selected as the recipient of several awards this year including Women’s Executive Network: Top 100 Most Powerful Women, PROFIT/Chatelaine W100, Women of Influence Magazine Top 25, and ViaSatellite Excellence Awards. Dr. Chan was revealed as a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these Awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of the most successful women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The full list of WXN’s 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-women/. Dr. Chan will be profiled on the cover of the Financial Post on December 4th, 2013 as a result of the win.

A further win for the company was Dr.Chan’s ViaSatellite 2013 Excellence Award which salutes the innovative companies, technologies, campaigns and people who’ve helped shape the success of the global satellite industry. Dr. Chan received the award for ‘Woman in Technology’ as a result of her work in the satellite communications industry as both an accomplished engineer and prominent business leader. The winners will be honored at a special winner’s breakfast hosted on March 13th 2014 at the SATELLITE 2014 show.

 She is also featured in the November edition of Women of Influence Magazine as a recipient of the Top 25 Women of Influence distinction. Now in its third year, the ranking is designed to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the most influential Canadian women in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the course of the last year. The winners have not only made a significant difference in their fields, but are exceptionally influential within the community. Dr. Chan was recognized for her extensive work in encouraging young women’s involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Dr. Amiee Chan stated, “It is a pleasure to see years of hard work recognized by these awards. I am deeply honored by each one, and hope that I can continue to contribute to my industry and community for years to come”.

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Norsat is at OilComm 2013

Posted on Thursday, November 7

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We are in Houston, Texas this week for OilComm 2013 . This show marks Norsat’s entry into the oil & gas market with our new M2M product, Sentinel RMC. M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions refer to a wide variety of technologies that enable machines to communicate with each other in real-time.

With Sentinel RMC, data can be easily collected and analysed from any remote location. It is a complete end-to-end solution that consists of a ruggedized remote terminal unit (RTU) for data acquisition and management, communication services, hosting facilities, and an intuitive user interface to interpret data and establish notification patterns. M2M technology is changing the face of almost every sector of the economy, and we are excited to be a part it!

Come and see for yourself, we are at booth 218 and would love to give you a demonstration.

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Dr. Amiee Chan Earns Top Ranking on The PROFIT W100 List

Posted on Tuesday, October 15

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Norsat’s CEO has received a prestigious ranking today on the 15th annual W100 Ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs, produced by PROFIT Magazine and Chatelaine. The publication ranks Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs on a composite score based on size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses, the W100 profiles the country’s most successful female business owners. Published in the November issue of PROFIT and the December issue of Chatelaine and online at PROFITguide.com and chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women.

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Norsat in New Orleans

Posted on Friday, October 4

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We were in New Orleans last week for ATCE(The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition). This conference attracts more than half a million of the industry’s greatest minds from over 50 countries around the world. We were there alongside our Oil and Gas customer, Omega Well Monitoring, to help demonstrate the value of real-time down hole pressure monitoring with The Norsat Sentinel RMC.

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Norsat Newsflash- September

Posted on Tuesday, October 1

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Announcing the New ELEMENT Line-up of Ku-Band BUCs!

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This summer we launched our new ELEMENT line of Ku-band block upconverters (BUCs) designed for commercial VSAT applications. These BUCs offer exceptional performance in a small form factor transmitter. Click here to learn more!

 

 NEW! Norsat VSAT Bundle

Norsat is pleased to offer the NEW VSAT Bundle. This system is a convenient, all-in-one solution for industrial satellite communication applications. 

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The VSAT Bundle offers Norsat quality and reliability in one single, easy to install  package. The VSAT Bundle is configurable based on RF and mounting requirements to meet the needs of any deployment. Click here to find out more. 

 

 

 

Aerospace, Defense & Security Expo 2013

We attended the Aerospace, Defense & Security Expo August 6-8th in Abbotsford, B.C. This show gave us a great opportunity to hear about the latest trends in the Aerospace & Defence industries and we were especially excited to show off one our new SATCOM Baseband Kits. The CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit can be used anywhere where communications infrastructure is damaged or non-existent. This kit is a complete mobile office and includes a ruggedized laptop, BGAN satellite terminal, wireless cellular modem, integrated printer and scanner, webcam, AC DC powering and support for video capture.

In case you missed us at the show, please contact us here.

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New Video!

Check out our new video which introduces our  CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit. This kit give first responders the ability to connect to remote resources while in the field under adverse circumstances. We also have other varieties of SATCOM Baseband Kits available.

   

Norsat In the News…

A brief roundup of where we’ve been in the media lately:

Via Satellite – In the October issue of ViaSatellite, one of our product managers discusses the evolution of M2M and what it means for the SatComm industry.

M2M World News– One of our expert product managers shares insights about the benefits of using an M2M System, and the rapid growth of Machine-to-Machine technologies.

Business in Vancouver- Norsat has made three of the prestigious Business in Vancouver lists: Biggest B.C.- based tech companies in 2013, Top 100 Public Companies in B.C. 2013 and Biggest Telecommunications Firms in B.C. in 2013.

Top 25 Women of Influence– Norsat’s President & CEO Dr. Amiee Chan has been named a Top 25 Woman of Influence by Women of Influence Magazine.

Satellite Pro Middle East– In the September issue of Satellite Pro Middle East, one of our  product managers outlines the importance of proper alignment and the correct use of satellite acquisition tools. The article aslo features our SAA Toolkit.

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Introducing Norsat’s New Convenient and Flexible VSAT Bundle

Posted on Monday, September 30

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Tired of VSAT systems that take too long to install?  That use low quality components that have to be replaced out of the box? 

So are we.  That’s why Norsat created the VSAT Bundle – an easy to  use system that both installers and purchasing managers will love.  We’ve put together a kit that allows customers to configure their VSAT terminal with Ku frequency, BUC, LNB, and mounting options.  Each complete system is shipped in a single box to ensure the installer receives everything they need to assemble the terminal in the field.  All you need to add is your satellite modem and power supply.

The VSAT bundle includes :

  • 1.2m Intelsat certified steel reflector
  • Ku-band Tx/Rx feed
  • Choice of Norsat ELEMENT BUC (2W, 3W, 4W)
  • Choice of Norsat LNB (DRO or PLL ranging from +/-25kHz to +/-250kHz)
  • Jumper cables (2 x 3m)
  • Optional mounts (universal wall/roof mount or non-penetrating mount)

 

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The Norsat VSAT Advantage

At Norsat we are always looking for new ways to help our customers meet their changing communication challenges.  We are pleased to offer a high quality VSAT terminal that combines Norsat quality with an easy to install and use VSAT dish.

 Are you deploying Ku VSAT systems? Contact us for more information on how our VSAT Bundle can help save time and money on your next deployment.

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Norsat Ranked Among Fastest-Growing Companies in B.C. in 2013

Posted on Tuesday, September 24

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Norsat has once again been ranked among the fastest-growing companies in B.C. in 2013. The fastest-growing companies list is ranked by percentage growth in revenue between 2008 and 2012.  Our revenue growth over the five years has been in excess of 118%. We plan to continue to grow and innovate to remain a leading provider of innovative communication solutions for remote and challenging applications.

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New Video: CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit

Posted on Tuesday, September 17

We have a new promo video introducing our  CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit. This kit gives first responders the ability to connect to remote resources while in the field under adverse circumstances. We also have other varieties of SATCOM Baseband Kits available. Check them out here!

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Norsat CEO Wins Top 25 Women of Influence Distinction

Posted on Thursday, September 12

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Today Women of Influence Inc, North America’s leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women, announced the 2013 rankings of its Top 25 Women of Influence. The ranking is designed to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the most influential women in business, health, non-governmental organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the past year. Dr.Chan will be profiled in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine, with the public selecting the five winners who will appear on the cover! Click here to vote for Dr.Chan and help us to shine a light on her amazing accomplishments! 

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Deploying Norsat’s M2M Oil & Gas Solution: Sentinel RMC

Posted on Monday, August 26

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Last week, Norsat was at an observation well in Alberta, Canada to oversee the deployment of our M2M remote monitoring solution- Sentinel RMC. Sentinel RMC’s purpose is to monitor the surface and sub-surface pressure and temperature (P/T). Arrival began with a site survey to determine the best location for placement of the drop spool system. This deployment marks Norsat’s entry into this exciting new market.

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The P/T sensor assembly was run 900 meters down-hole. Sentinel RMC read the P/T measurements from the assembly’s surface electronics and sent these measurements back to a server farm via a satellite backhaul. The operators can then retrieve their data via secure web login. For this deployment, Sentinel RMC was engineered to be a completely self-contained, portable system requiring no external power for operation.

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Norsat’s Sentinel RMC- successfully serving the complex needs of the oil and gas industry. To find out more about the Sentinel RMC click here, or call 604-821-2820 to speak with a product manager.

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Norsat Summer Scavenger Hunt

Posted on Tuesday, August 20

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This year, Norsat held a staff scavenger hunt to get the competitive juices flowing at our Richmond headquarters. We had a great day working in teams to decipher our clues and then enjoyed some warm weather and a BBQ at the beach. Congratulations to the winning team who took home the coveted Summer Scavenger Hunt trophy!IMG_1641

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Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo 2013

Posted on Wednesday, August 7

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We are exhibiting at the Aerospace, Defense & Security Expo in Abbotsford, BC this week . We have a range of products on display including our GLOBETrekker 2.0, Ranger 60cm microsat terminal, as well as one of our new SATCOM Baseband Kits- the 4200 Emergency Communications Kit.

This kit provides responders with the capability to connect to remote resources while in the field under adverse conditions. The system gives the user the ability to establish reliable communications anywhere. It boasts a ruggedized laptop, BGAN satellite terminal, wireless cellular modem, integrated printer and scanner, webcam, AC DC powering and support for video capture and editing- a full office in just one case!  For more information on our SATCOM Baseband Kits click here.

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The CFK 4200 Emergency Communications Kit

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Announcing the New ELEMENT Series Ku-Band BUCs

Posted on Tuesday, July 30

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Norsat is pleased to announce availability of the ELEMENT series of Ku-Band block upconverters (BUC) designed for commercial VSAT applications.  The ELEMENT series BUCs are designed to offer exceptional performance in a small form factor transmitter.  

ELEMENT Frequencies

ELEMENT series BUCs are designed for multiple Ku bands.  Norsat carries a selection of Standard (14.0 – 14.5GHz) and Extended (13.75 – 14.5GHz) band units.  Additionally, ELEMENT BUCs are available in 18 frequencies.

ELEMENT Models

The ELEMENT series offers small size and weight with a variety of output power options.  All ELEMENT BUC’s are designed to be installed directly on the feed assembly of the VSAT system.

ELEMENT Series BUC Specifications

Model

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Power Consumption (max, W)

BUC-ELMTKU002

2W

5.06 x 3.74 x 2.30

1.4

18

BUC-ELMTKU003

3W

5.06 x 3.74 x 2.30

1.4

20

BUC-ELMTKU004

4W

5.06 x 3.74 x 2.30

1.4

35

BUC-ELMTKU006

6W

6.93 x 6.36 x 2.56

4.0

48

To find out more about our line of ELEMENT Series BUCs, please contact us at http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/. 

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Norsat Quality Mission

Posted on Thursday, July 25

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Norsat’s Quality Mission states that we are “committed to total customer satisfaction by delivering products and services that consistently exceed our customer’s expectations.” Here at Norsat, we take this promise very seriously.

This spring, we opened up our 2013 customer survey to find out what you think of our products and your experience  working with us. We would like to thank you for taking the time to provide your valued feedback. We now have some great insights into what we do well, as well as areas for improvement. We also received some great ideas for future product development! Steps have already been taken to respond to your suggestions and we are currently integrating the feedback into our plans moving forward. 

Didn’t get a chance to take the 2013 survey? Feel free to contact us with your comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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M2M Systems Whitepaper- The Sum is Greater Than Its Parts

Posted on Monday, July 15

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In the article below, one of our expert product managers outlines the benefits of using an M2M Sytem. Norsat’s M2M offering features The Sentinel RMC (Remote site Monitoring and Control). The Sentinel is a data as a service platform ideal for any application that requires real-time data monitoring and control. Click here to learn more about the Sentinel RMC, or read on for more information about M2M Systems:

INTRODUCTION

Machine to Machine or M2M seems to be the catch phrase of the day in many communication circles. At one time “M2M” was known as SCADA or PLC systems, however, as the old terminology became too limiting, referring to only industrial applications, the change to M2M has allowed for more inclusivity.  M2M now includes more than industrial applications, covering everything from smart networks to smart cars. It is projected that the M2M market has a large potential for growth, and unsurprisingly, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon to add some form of M2M capability within their portfolio so as not be left behind. However, M2M is more than just a piece of equipment or a particular service; M2M is a complete system in which the system itself is greater than the sum of its parts. To truly benefit from M2M solutions implementation, we need to define what the components of an M2M system are, and critically consider the selection of these components when ready to commit to an M2M system.

WHAT IS AN M2M SYSTEM

Simply put, an M2M system is a system of technologies that allow devices to communicate to each other over a communications network. The main purpose of the system is usually to collect a variety of sensor data from these devices and transmit it back so that the appropriate actions can be taken.

M2M COMPONENTS

An M2M system has many components, and can be very complex depending on the needs of the user. However, most systems can be broken down into 5 parts: the end equipment that needs to be monitored and/or controlled, a remote Terminal Unit (RTU), a communications network, a data repository, and data access and management.

 END EQUIPMENT

Sensors are most often the end equipment in an M2M system. For example, an environmental M2M system may include meteorological sensors which measure wind speed, temperature and humidity gauges and water sensors which monitor turbidity or flow meters. An Oil Field M2M system might include surface and subsurface pressure and temperature gauges as well as H2S and SO2 sensors. A mining operations M2M system could include tailings pond level meters, and the list goes on…

In general, the end equipment and sensors are predetermined by the application, however, care and due diligence are required to ensure that the right sensors and equipment collect the appropriate data to ensure intelligent operational decisions can be made.

REMOTE TERMINAL UNIT (RTU)

The RTU of an M2M system could be considered the “brains” at the remote site, and the complexity of RTUs may vary by application. At one end of the spectrum, an RTU may consist of a single integrated unit that includes merely a sensor input and a communications modem to transmit sensor data. More intricate RTUs consist of a variety of components that include a variety of sensor inputs: a logging component to store and forward data, a communications modem, and an on board processor to preprocess and analyze data. This processor may even have pre-programmed logic control to manipulate end devices, for example, by turning them on or off when certain events happen. A critical, though often overlooked component of the RTU is the local power source. Many RTUs are deployed in remote areas and thus have restricted power budgets since many systems may only be connected to solar and battery power systems.

When designing or selecting the RTU, the biggest challenge is in deciding on how the RTU will interact with its sensors. That is, which sensors needs to be alarmed, which alarms are critical, what needs to be controlled, and what actions should be taken when alarms occur. A minor challenge is determining how to connect the sensors to the RTU and performing any requisite calibration to these sensors once connected.

COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

The M2M network will be constrained to the location of the end devices.  The M2M network may be wired, wireless or a combination of both. The system should therefore be robust enough to handle any type communication network, which might be Satellite Commutations, IP Radio, microwave, fiber, cellular networks or others.

The challenge for the M2M system owner is ensuring the right communication service is selected. To select the appropriate service, owners must understand their M2M data usage requirements, including bandwidth, volume and latency limits.

DATA REPOSITORY

Once sensor information is flowing over the network, system owners need to determine if this data will be stored, and for how long.  The typical answer is that data should surely be stored and kept as long as is practically possible (or in some cases legally required). As to where should this data be stored; we ideally select a secure server that offers redundancy, located in a hardened storage facility.

Most challenges in this area are internal and addressing these challenges starts with a discussion with the company’s IT department.

DATA ACCESS AND MANAGEMENT

There are generic, specific, and custom data solutions to manage, display and give users access and management of their collected data. Each solution will have advantages and disadvantages, including usability, setup complexity and cost. But simple data access for end users should remain a key motivator in system design.  The simplest access is often through a web-based interface with a URL, login and password. The more complex issue is in data management.   The solution must display information in a usable format, and provide alarms and notifications in a manner which is appropriate to the operations of the company.

THE SUM IS GREATER THAN ITS PARTS

The basic design and selection of the components and services in an M2M system is quite a simple task. A variety of hardware platforms, data service plans, and data management software tools can be compared, contrasted and selected against a criteria list with relative ease.

The challenges with M2M systems are determining how to put the components together, identifying the right people to install, integrate and manage the M2M equipment, selecting and managing service vendors, integrating the M2M system into the daily operations of the company and figuring out if the overall costs of the M2M system produce an attractive ROI.

Many companies underinvest in the time needed to choose, design and implement the M2M system that will solve the problems faced in their particular application.  By taking into consideration the components involved, and the result sought, M2M systems can be designed to provide unprecedented access to data, giving operators the power to make intelligent decisions, and ultimately improving operational efficiencies. 

In the case of our Oil and Gas company, the results are clear: an intelligently designed M2M system can reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and minimize potentially dangerous monitoring deployments.  By taking care to select appropriate system components, or by working with an end-to-end M2M solutions provider, companies looking to implement M2M can achieve similar results.

Norsat International is a market leader in M2M applications offering complete end-to-end solutions. These technologies provide excellent value in remote locations, where they reduce the expense associated with on location deployments, and provide flexible data capture, storage and management.  For more information about M2M Solutions including the Sentinel RMC, please contact a Norsat Representative.

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CommunicAsia 2013 Summary

Posted on Friday, June 21

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CommunicAsia 2013 has drawn to a close, and this year has proven to be a success. We enjoyed seeing some new faces and catching up with customers and partners. This trade show gave us the chance to show off our newest products and gave us some great insight into what’s around the corner for our industry.

We also had the chance to showcase our 60 cm RANGER microsat terminal which was well received by integrators who were looking for an easy to use, ruggedized, and portable solution. In addition, we had our new ATOM series of lightweight, high performance BUCs on display which attracted quite a lot of attention from visitors wanting to know more about these small but powerful block up converters. We look forward to the official release and the future development of this line.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and for the positive feedback- it’s always great to catch up! Don’t forget to keep in touch : http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/.

 

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Norsat NewsFlash June 2013

Posted on Wednesday, June 12

 
 

New Demo Video: Using Link Profiles

 
   

LinkControl software is an intuitive and powerful suite of satellite pointing tools. Take a look at our newest demo video and see how using LinkProfiles can make satellite acquisition easy in a variety of situations.

Norsat in Singapore

We will be in Singapore June 18- 21st at CommunicAsia 2013 showing off our line of microwave products including those developed for O3B Networks.We will also have several other exciting new products available for demo at the show, including the brand new 60 cm Assisted Acquire Ranger which boasts features such as:

  • Light weight, compact design
  • Airline checkable- IATA compliant
  • Rugged- tested to MIL-STD-810
  • Easy and rapid assembly

USB Recovery

Check out Norsat’s USB Recovery feature which comes standard on GlobeTrekker and Rover terminals. Simple to use, this feature ensures that the right profiles are loaded into your terminal and that the system is configured correctly every time, eliminating human error.

ATOM Series Products

View our new ATOM series of Ku-band BUCs and SSPAs! Small, light, and extremely powerful, the ATOM series products are ideal for any application. View them here.

Norsat Partners with O3b

 
   

Back in April 2013, we announced our partnership with O3b Networks.  Since then, Norsat has announced the availability of new BUC and LNB products specifically designed for O3b. We are pleased to offer special introductory pricing through Dec 31st 2013 on all O3b BUC, LNB, and accessory products.  Stay tuned to our blog for new product details that will emerge throughout the summer!  For more about Norsat and O3b Networks, click here.

To find out more about these products, please contact us.

Norsat in the news…

A brief roundup of where we’ve been in the media lately.

Satellite TodayOur President & CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan, highlights  our satellite diversification strategy and provides commentary into what this means for Norsat.

PROFIT Magazine– Norsat ranked No.5  among top Canadian Communications Companies on the 25th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the summer issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years. Click here for the press release.

Satellite Pro Middle East- Dr. Amiee Chan outlines the Company’s current activities and some of the products we will be showcasing at the CommunicAsia show.

 
   
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NORSAT RANKS ON THE 2013 PROFIT 500

Posted on Monday, June 3

Profit Magazine unveils 25th annual list of Canada’s Fastest- Growing Companies-

We ranked No.330 overall, and 5th in the Communications category on the 25th annual PROFIT 500 list, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies! Published in the summer issue of PROFIT Magazine and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their revenue growth over five years.

We have seen rapid growth recently, making the PROFIT 500 list with five year revenue growth of 158%.

“Norsat is honored to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking,” says CEO Dr. Amiee Chan. “This achievement is a testament to our progress in recent years, particularly with our success in diversifying our business and our ongoing growth strategy. It is a pleasure to see the team’s hard work recognized by being selected to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking alongside many other admirable Canadian organizations”.

“To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada, the PROFIT 500 has expanded to recognize the entrepreneurial achievements of more than 500 Canadian companies,” says Ian Portsmouth, Editor-in-Chief of Profit magazine. “PROFIT is proud to now showcase Canada’s forward-thinking small business entrepreneurs and honor their talents and innovations.”

About PROFIT Magazine and PROFITguide.com
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent publication dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 31 years, Canadian entrepreneurs and senior managers across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at PROFITguide.com.

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Introducing the Ranger 45 and 60cm Assisted Acquire Terminals

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Ranger 60cm Assisted-Acquire Terminal

Norsat’s Ranger Series of terminals are assisted-acquire microsat terminals featuring industry leading portability, rapid deployment and an easy-to-use interface. With a tool-free assembly platform and airline transportable packaging, the Ranger can easily be transported and deployed in less than 5 minutes.  An intuitive GUI enables remote system monitoring from anywhere in the world via any standard web browser. Ranger terminals feature self-contained battery packs, and have been ruggedized for harsh weather and environmental conditions, making them ideal for mission critical communications anywhere in the world. Ranger terminals are available in antenna sizes of 45 and 60 cm.

The Ranger series offers:

  • High performance
  • Norsat’s “Easy Acquire” Assistant. No tools or instructions are required for satellite acquisition
  • Multi-band capable
  • IATA compliant and airline checkable
  • MIL-STD-810 tested. The Ranger terminals are ruggedized for use in harsh weather
  • Battery powered. Supports up to 2 hours of uninterrupted use without a power source
  • Thermal design analysis and testing to operate in extreme conditions
  • Built-in LCD and keypad interface for easy-to-use pointing and operations without a laptop

To find out more about our Ranger series of terminals,

contact us at: http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/

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Announcing Norsat O3b Products

Posted on Monday, May 27

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o3b-logo-370x229On March 20 2013 , Norsat announced that it had been selected as a preferred supplier of microwave components for O3b  ground terminals.  Norsat will be providing block upconverters (BUC) and low noise block (LNB) devices that have been specially designed for the O3b network.  With the launch of O3b’s first satellite scheduled for June 24, Norsat is pleased to announce the O3b product lineup.

O3B BUCs

Norsat is pleased to announce the 5W, 10W and 20W O3B BUC models.  The 7005STC-O3B 7010STC-O3B and 7020STC-O3B were designed for the O3b network and are currently completing final testing.  These BUCs support either the 27.652-28.388GHz or 28.172-29.071GHz frequencies.

O3B LNBs

Norsat has developed a unique DUO LNB for O3B that combines PLL and External Reference into a single unit.  The 9000HX-O3B supports either 17.852-18.588GHz or 18.372-19.300GHz frequencies.

Norsat/O3B Partnership

Norsat is an active partner with O3B.  We are currently working to develop more new products to support this exciting new service.  We will be announcing new products throughout 2013 – stay tuned to this blog for new product launch details. For more information about O3B visit their website: http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

To find out more about our line of O3B microwave components, please contact us at http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/

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USB Recovery: Don’t Be Left in the Dark!

Posted on Tuesday, May 21

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We all know that despite our best laid plans, sometimes things can go wrong. Read the following scenarios to find you why you should have USB recovery! 

You find yourself on the graveyard shift all alone. It’s the middle of the night so you decide to learn more about your satellite system. After opening up its GUI, you spend some time exploring the various options and tabs. Unexpectedly, the system crashes. You retrace your steps, wondering which button you could have pressed or where you went wrong. You restart the system and attempt to find the correct profile- but you can’t remember what it was. What do you do in this situation?

 You were required to send your terminal ahead of your field force. Although the depot is secure, it is possible that someone could access your system and discover which satellites you are utilizing and at which frequencies. For security reasons, you ship them set to their factory defaults and rely on your field force to program them upon arrival on site. They have been trained and they have instructions, but their arrival has been delayed. The communications are needed now so you will have to remotely train whoever is available. Shouldn’t there be a better way?

 You must add another profile and configuration to all 20 of your systems. How do you ensure that they are configured rapidly, effectively and consistently across the board?

Answer: USB Recovery!

USB Recovery acts as your personal technical support resource which will set up, repair or reconfigure your system. It allows you to reset your system to your own unique default settings. USB recovery ensures that the right profiles are loaded into your terminal and that the system is configured correctly each time, eliminating human error.

Norsat’s USB Recovery feature is standard on GlobeTrekker and Rover terminals. Simple to use, this feature gives you confidence that your terminals can be deployed and configured to your specifications.

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LinkControl Software: Working with LinkProfiles

Posted on Friday, May 17

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 LinkControl software is an intuitive and powerful suite of satellite pointing tools.Learn about what LinkProfiles can do and how it makes satellite acquisition easy in a variety of situations.

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Special Offer: 2W & 8W Ku-band BUCs

Posted on Wednesday, May 8

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We’re pleased to announce attractive pricing new on our 8W and 2W Ku-band BUCs.  These BUCs offer great performance at an unbeatable price – act now because quantities are limited.  Both models are designed to meet Norsat’s high standards for quality and reliability with hundreds of units deployed in the harshest conditions 

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Our 1081XRT 8W BUC is a complete solution that includes selectable frequencies, AC power supply, and mounting brackets.  This outdoor unit supports both 13.75 – 14.5 GHz & 14.0 – 14.5 GHz in one unit.   The 1081XRT is an exceptional value that includes all accessories.

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Our 1021XRT 2W BUC is now available at our lowest price ever.  This outdoor unit supports 14.0 – 14.5 GHz output frequency and weighs just 3.5 lbs allowing it to be mounted on a feed.  These popular BUCs are now discontinued and only available while supplies last. 

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Contact us or or call 1 800 644 4562 for more information or to place your order

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CASE STUDY: Broadband Internet Connectivity for BC’s First Nations

Posted on Monday, May 6

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FNESS Case Study

Norsat became the official satellite service provider for FNESS in 2011, serving the 17 First Nations communities involved in the program. Prior to Norsat’s involvement, the infrastructure for satellite connectivity lacked a long term service provider , however, since 2011, over 2300 residents have been given broadband internet access, which they use for social connectivity, health care, education, emergency services and more.

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Background

The First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS) is incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia with a mission to assist First Nations in developing and sustaining safer and healthier communities through a variety of programs and services, including round 2 of the National Satellite Initiative (NSIR2). The NSIR2 program brings satellite (C-band) broadband internet connectivity to members of remote First Nations communities, and in 2008 FNESS successfully bid to manage the project. FNESS works in collaboration with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), to ensure that the NSIR2 program will provide internet access to First Nations communities for years to come.

Problem

Many of BC’s First Nations communities are located in remote areas, which lack access to terrestrial communications networks. Residents of these communities often need to travel at least 90 minutes to reach the nearest city and for many, access is only available via boat or airplane, making the journey long and often difficult. The physical distance and lack of connectivity leaves these communities without access to essential emergency services, health care, educational resources, and everyday communications.

To mitigate this problem, FNESS required a communication solution that would improve the quality of life for residents by giving all remotely located communities a high-speed broadband internet connection. They needed this solution to be implemented quickly to maintain connectivity, while remaining scalable so that it could be extended to additional communities as needed in the future. They needed a connection that was reliable enough to serve as the sole source of access to emergency services, health care, education and commerce. FNESS also required training and support for the communities involved so that sense of network ownership could be established and maintained.

Solution

Norsat worked to meet the project requirements of FNESS through four major activities:

  • Network design and implementation
  • Equipment installation and maintenance
  • Connectivity expansion and improvement
  • Community support and training

Norsat consulted with FNESS, and the residents of these communities to design a satellite communication network that would provide consistent broadband internet connectivity to meet all of their requirements. The network was designed to be easily operated and maintained, but can also be extended to include new locations. Additionally, the reliability and quality of the network was designed to enable faster connections and video conferencing capabilities.

In order to set up internet access as soon as possible, Norsat immediately sent a crew of six technicians in three teams to visit all 17 communities and establish a new satellite network within the existing infrastructure. The Norsat team installed modern gateway servers with firewall protection, caching capabilities and Ethernet switches. The newly installed equipment can be remotely administrated and monitored, which allows the team to check system status and perform maintenance from external locations. Each home and office was equipped with a receiver unit, which provides residents with a local internet connection. The network gives each community between one and six wireless access points, and a gateway server which provides a security firewall and improves performance with caching for all houses and offices within these communities.

After establishing the integrity and longevity of the satellite network, Norsat began to focus on expansion and support for the project. Through a second round of site visits, Norsat installed complete video conferencing solutions in 10 communities. The package includes conferencing equipment, new 40 Watt BUCs (Block Upconverters), TVs, and cameras. Additionally, 49 new homes and offices were equipped with receiver units, enabling more community residents to gain broadband internet access.

Tak La Lake 2Throughout the project, Norsat provided end to end support for the communities involved, with a dedicated customer service representative, regular site visits, and technical telephone support. Norsat regularly monitors the performance of the access points and gateway servers, performing preventive maintenance and routine service as needed. Norsat also manages bandwidth ensure fair allocation between the communities and prevent bottlenecks. Additionally, Norsat created the FNESS user portal, a website that provides a space for community members to access information, discuss problems or successes, and post responses.

In November 2011, Norsat arranged a multi-day training session in their Richmond office, and invited 27 community technicians and representatives to participate in a 2-day session. Attendees learned how to operate the satellite terminals and perform basic trouble shooting and maintenance of the community network. Basic adjustments and maintenance tasks can now be completed by people living right in the community. Norsat continues to be actively involved in maintaining the communication system in top condition.

Results

Each of the 17 communities involved in the program now has a broadband internet access point and every home and office has a receiver unit, enabling the 2300 residents of these communities to access the internet quickly and easily. The network infrastructure is continuously updated and maintained by Norsat’s dedicated customer service engineers and the Company remains committed to training new community members in satellite terminal operation so that community technicians can perform basic maintenance. The newly installed remote administration capability enables the Norsat support team to not only respond quickly when problems arise, but actually perform preventive maintenance to fix problems before they occur. The network has resulted in improvements to emergency services, health care, education, commercial activity and social connectivity as described below.

Emergency Services

Access to emergency services has improved dramatically since network installation, representing a breakthrough for communities without telephone access. In these communities, 911 phone calls can now be placed through internet based tools such as Skype, and the time for ambulance arrival has decreased from up to three hours to approximately one hour. This improvement is due mainly to an ability to place emergency calls without lengthy travel time. Since implementation of the network, community members now access emergency services in response to a variety of emergency health problems, and receive treatment and advice faster than previously possible. In some communities, early warning for disasters, such as storms or earthquakes can be rapidly communicated using email or social networking. Community emergency plans can now be utilized through outside communications.

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Emergency Services Success Stories

  • When a 17 year old member of a remote community began experiencing unexpected seizure-like symptoms, his concerned family used Skype to phone a health care professional. The medical representative was able to provide explanations of the symptoms, advice for immediate treatment, and then follow up by arranging a doctor’s visit. Following this visit, regular online communication with health care professionals was established to monitor the condition of the patient . Thanks to the quick reaction of his family and subsequent treatment, no long term symptoms are expected
  • During a site visit, a health care professional sustained a serious bump to the head and a concussion was suspected. An emergency phone call was made to 911, again using Skype, and the emergency representative was able to quickly provide first aid advice and guidance for treatment. Through the quick response time of the community members present and the 911 operator, no long term harm came to the patient.
  • During heavy spring rains, a serious risk of flooding arose and communities used video conference equipment to remotely meet with the community emergency team, discuss the plan of action, solidify as a team, and ultimately take action to mitigate flooding risks. Video conferencing and internet connectivity was essential to ensuring these actions were taken in a timely manner, and communicated to the relevant parties.

Health Care

Residents are now able to benefit from new health care resources through Internet access and video conferencing equipment. Some community members use the video equipment to connect directly their health care provider, obtaining early diagnoses for improved health outcomes. Video based medicine has the added advantage of reducing the cost and health risks associated with travelling distances for medical advice. Other community members use the video conferencing systems to participate in public health forums, which provide information and real time responses to health care problems and questions, and still others find internet research invaluable as a source of information about health, nutrition and diet related issues.

Most communities receive regular visits from health care professionals, who take advantage of the internet to improve the timeliness and quality of patient care. Many doctors and nurses take notes on laptop computers while visiting patients and send this information back to their offices immediately after visits, maintaining connectivity with their office throughout visits. Many also send prescriptions directly to pharmacies directly at the point of patient visit, providing medicine faster than previously possible. Even the scheduling of medical visits has improved through Internet access as community administrators now post Health Care Representative visiting schedules online through facebook and email.

Healthy Initiatives

  • Nutritious Food Options. When one community noted their lack of healthy food choices, they used the Internet to research options for healthier eating. They found a suitable option for a fruit and vegetable delivery service that provides nutritious food options in locations where these items are difficult to purchase, and registered for the program. They then conducted further research to successfully bid for government funding for the program, and now manage regular deliveries through the online interface.
  • Water Quality Monitoring. Ensuring well water is safe to drink is essential for community health, and most communities participate in the Safety Drinking Water program. Trained community technicians take water samples, conduct simple tests, and use an online interface to communicate with the treatment facility and rapidly obtain results and advice. On at least one occasion, negative water quality results were noted, and the affected community notified immediately. This quick response time prevented potentially serious or life-threatening cases of waterborne illness.

Education

Access to educational resources has broadened with network installation. Popular UBC Learning Circles are broadcast through video conferencing software on topics ranging from bullying to adVIdeo conferencing demodiction, and attendance ranges up to 80 people for a single community. Learning Circles provide an opportunity for community members to openly discuss solutions to common problems, and the sessions are a great way to increase awareness of difficult issues. Session topics can be chosen by participants, who communicate with organizers online to influence the topics presented.

Students are major beneficiaries of new educational resources. Many communities have established learning centres in their schools, featuring a bank of several internet enabled computers. These centres are used to conduct research for projects, complete assignments and in many cases, submit coursework online. Online assignment submission makes it easier for students keep up with work during bad weather, and enables faster feedback from teachers. Students also use the learning centres for extra –curricular educational activities like studying for learners permits or driving exams. Adult educational access has also improved and many residents are now embarking on higher education programs and learning new skills, which can be used to further their careers.

Adult Education

Although students remain the major users of educational internet resources, a growing number of adults are also taking advantage of the convenience and flexibility the internet can bring to continuing education. 

  • Safety Certification. Some adults have used the internet to receive safety certifications including WHMIS (Workplaces Hazardous Materials Information Systems) and ICS 100 (Incident & Command Systems), gaining a workplace advantage without travelling long distances to the nearest city to complete the certification
  • Skills upgrade. Online education makes going back to school a realistic possibility for adults, many of whom take advantage of online classes to complete high school diplomas or post-secondary certificates
  • Education for pleasure. Community members are now learning new skills online simply for pleasure. Popular topics include free-lance writing, social development and small vessel boat operation.

Business and Commercial

With the nearest town often over 90 km away, residents of remote communities can be at a disadvantage conducting business due to difficult weather, transportation, time commitments and safety issues. Through the NSIR2 network communities can now engage in inter-band business as well as commercial activities through email and video resources. Most band offices take advantage of the network to broadcast community messages through email, facebook or other social media outlets, and many use video conferencing to discuss policy and budgets, share documents, and hold inter-band meetings. Many small businesses operating in these communities take advantage of the Internet to run debit and credit card machines, pay bills online, and send emails.

Online Tourism comes to the West Coast Trail

Ditidaht nation is pursuing an exciting opportunity for revenue generation through tourism to beautiful BC. The nation, which owns property along Vancouver Island’s popular West Coast Trail, has used the land to construct a series of comfortable campsites complete with canvas tents, cooking facilities and recreational options like fishing and boating. Despite using only word of mouth for promotion, the endeavor received over 60 bookings in its first year, and the organizers decided to tap into the enormous growth potential the business could realize through an online presence. The nation has registered a website (www.westcoasttrail.com) and developed an online booking system for the campsites, which they anticipate will be popular with weekend visitors from nearby Victoria and Vancouver. Through the new website, the nation hopes to eventually increase the number of campsites available, offer a variety of package options to visitors, and increase recreational activities. Internet access from Ditidaht nation will be essential to the long term success of this project, which has the potential to provide employment and revenue to residents of the community.

Social Connectivity and Well being

Certainly the most common use of internet in these communities, and arguably the most valuable, has been for convenience, pleasure and social connectivity using email, Facebook, Skype, Google and other internet resources. Day to day practicalities are also now more convenient as many people take advantage of online banking and bill paying to organize their finances.

The internet has proven to be a powerful troubleshooting resource for many communities. For example, on one occasion phone service unexpectedly became unavailable in many communities. These communities were able to set up meetings and communicate with service providers to coordinate problem resolution online rather than travelling into the nearest city. Likewise, when the power went out at a Water Treatment facility, community technicians contacted the help desk online, and the customer support team was able to turn on a generator to keep service running. A remote training session was then conducted online, educating the community technicians on the correct procedure for handling problems of that nature in the future.

Communication linkages taken for granted by urban dwellers are relatively new in BC’s remote First Nations, but have rapidly become a part of community life. Many community residents now indicate that the Internet is integral for their day to day activities and find it hard to imagine a future without it. Common uses of internet for pleasure include the use of search engines for news and research, video chatting with remotely located family members, and emailing to stay in touch.

Opportunities for the Future

The NSIR2 program has had a positive impact on the community members involved; however, as broadband internet is increasingly viewed as an essential service, we remain aware that opportunities for expansion and improvement exist. The NSIR2 network was designed to meet the current needs of the 17 communities involved, but as communities grow, there is an opportunity to invest in increased bandwidth to add in new communities and increase connection speeds for existing communities.

Training programs are essential to ensure that communities have at least one trained technician on site to maintain the community network and satellite terminals. In some communities, the nearest technician is externally located and when connectivity problems arise, communities are forced to wait hours or even days for assistance. As trained community members move or are unable to remain in their position as technician, training for new technicians will maintain a sense of system ownership within the community and ensure continuous connectivity.

Through the NSIR2 network, many community members now have access to the Internet for the first time, and without appropriate training, may be exposed to the risks inherent to this new resource. Online bullying has become a problem for some communities and a few residents have fallen victim to online scams. Without education, some community members are frustrated by the vastness of the Internet, and don’t maximize their use of the tool. Educational programs that shed light on the dark side of the internet and provide assistance in navigating the many resources available will be an important to ensure communities takes full advantage of the health, education and communication resources provided by Internet access.

Finally, many more of BC’s First Nations community members still lack internet and computer access entirely. Extending network services and increasing access to computers is essential to ensuring BC’s First Nations have the same advantages as their urban counterparts. As new buildings are constructed in the 17 NSIR2 communities, network expansion will provide access to these new homes and offices. For other communities without internet access, the expansion of the NSIR2 network into new locations has the potential to provide dramatic safety and quality of life improvements. Norsat is committed to working with FNESS and FNTC to find solutions that provide improved broadband internet access for First Nations Communities.

Organizational Information

FNESS is funded under the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund and funding for the NSIR2 project will continue to flow until 2014. FNESS works in partnership with the First Nations’ Technology Council (FNTC), who provide technical and project management expertise to facilitate longevity and community technical planning with all of the NSIR2 Communities so that they may continue to receive internet service beyond 2014. Norsat is proud to work alongside FNESS, FNTC, Infrastructure Canada and BC’s First Nations Communities to provide broadband internet connectivity. For more information about this and other remote connectivity projects, please contact us

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CASE STUDY: Satellite Newsgathering for CTV

Posted on Wednesday, May 1

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Norsat has provided high quality Satellite News Gathering Equipment and services to CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, since 2006. Prior to working with Norsat, CTV used a combination of Satellite News Trucks and low bandwidth satellite terminals to cover Canada’s international and domestic news events, however they lacked a solution that could be easily transported overseas, provide live broadcast capabilities anywhere in the world, and reduce operating expenses.

Using Norsat’s NewsLink™ satellite fly-away terminals, CTV has been able to broadcast important breaking news events from Afghanistan and across Canada to millions of viewers around the world Background CTV is Canada’s largest private broadcaster, providing an excellent range of news, sports, and entertainment programming. Owned by Bell Media, CTV has been the most-watched television network in Canada for nine consecutive years. CTV broadcasts news from around the world and has a critical need to supply up to date, broadcast quality news to the more than 25 million viewers who watch the network each week

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Problem

Prior to Norsat’s involvement, CTV used low bandwidth satellite data terminals to uplink stories produced by their correspondents who were covering Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Submitting a single two to three minute story often took eight or nine hours, and incurred significant satellite airtime charges. The legacy system also did not have the bandwidth required to perform live interviews with acceptable video quality.

Due to the ongoing expense and lack of flexibility of this system, CTV searched for a solution that would provide the ability to send live broadcast-quality video, reduce their operating expenses, and remain easy to use, so the network could avoid sending broadcast engineer into crisis situations. The solution had to be transportable, rugged, and reliable enough to operate for several years in the challenging environment of Kandahar. The critical time scales for breaking news coverage also necessitated that the solution be supported by a technical support team who would provide 24x7x365 troubleshooting and assistance to ensure that the broadcast team never missed a story. Additionally, CTV was looking for a rental option to provide supplemental coverage when other systems were unavailable.

Solution

After a consultation with CTV on their needs and applications, Norsat proposed a 1m lightweight carbon fibre 25 Watt NewsLink™ Satellite News Gathering Flyaway System, which was purchased in 2006. Norsat provided operational training for the broadcast team and following training, the system was hand carried to Kandahar, where it was used to cover the Canadian troop deployment to Afghanistan. Over the next five years, the NewsLink fly-away was used heavily by the Canadian press pool for satellite news gathering and broadcast. In the spring of 2011, Norsat remotely upgraded the terminal at CTV’s request with an SDI (BNC) digital video input with embedded audio to the MPEG-2 encoder, to enable a full digital path for both audio and video.

CTV 005In 2010, one of CTV’s Satellite News Trucks was critically damaged after covering a major news event in British Columbia. As this was their only satellite truck in western Canada, CTV urgently needed a solution that would fill in for the satellite truck while it was being repaired and upgraded. Following this urgent request, Norsat was able to provide another NewsLink portable terminal on short notice to meet their specifications and needs. The system was provided on a flexible rental contract to facilitate rapid deployment and enabled CTV to continue their coverage of breaking news events without significant interruption. The unit remained in use for a further four months while the satellite truck was repaired and during that time it provided news contribution capabilities to all of Western Canada. Norsat continues to provide temporary SNG flyaway rental terminals for CTV and other broadcasters as needed to support short term requirements

In 2011, following the completion of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, the original NewsLink flyaway system was shipped back to Norsat’s Vancouver facilities where it was refurbished and upgraded to support full HD. The original 25W NewsLink was rebuilt with an 80W SSPA and an MPEG4/DVB-S2 encoder/modulator to enable full High Definition capabilities. The upgraded NewsLink fly-away system was subsequently used to cover a variety of Canadian political news events in HD quality broadcast, including elections in BC and Alberta.

Results

Norsat’s NewsLink™ SNG fly-away terminal provided the rugged, portable, cost effective solution CTV needed. The terminal was easily airline portable, enabling CTV to send it on location to Kandahar, where it was used as a primary news gathering and broadcast link for the Canadian press corps for five full years. The portability of the unit reduced CTV’s reliance on Satellite News trucks, reducing the cost associated with broadcasting from remote locations, and providing a return on investment very quickly. The NewsLink flyaway enabled CTV to provide live broadcast quality coverage, and reduced the operating expenses via lowered access fees. The durability and reliability of the terminal was clearly evident as it remained in excellent operational form during deployment in Kandahar, requiring very little maintenance and ensuring high quality news feed for Canadian broadcasters.

The NewsLink flyaway terminal was scalable and easily upgraded as CTV’s needs changed. The terminal was adjusted remotely to enable digital audio while on location in Kandahar, and eventually upgraded to enable HD broadcast. Norsat can continue to modify or upgrade the terminal as needed.

Norsat’s quick response to CTV’s emergency satellite terminal needs enabled the network to continue covering important breaking news across Western Canada. When the network’s satellite news truck was damaged in 2010, this was their only available method of broadcast and Norsat’s quick provision, setup and service of a rental NewsLink flyaway was essential for Western Canadian news coverage during the truck’s repair. The rapid deployment, ease of use and cost effectiveness of this rental led CTV to continue to their use of Norsat’s rental service in the following months, and Norsat continues to provide satellite terminal rentals to cover a variety of Canadian events such as festivals and concerts.

The Norsat support team has been available to CTV on a 24x7x365 basis to provide trouble-shooting and operational support, ensuring every broadcast is timely and successful. Additionally, Norsat’s thorough training of CTV’s broadcast team enables team members to successfully operate and maintain the unit in the field, and removes the need to send broadcast engineers into dangerous situations.

“We have already put this [NewsLink] unit through the harshest test of service in Kandahar and if its performance there was any indication we will be on the air from, well anywhere, for years to come.” 
Dave Alexander, ENG Operations Manager, CTV

For more information about Norsat’s Satellite News Gathering terminals, including lease and rental options, please click here.

About CTV

Ctv_logoCTV is Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offering a wide range of leading news, sports, and entertainment programming. It has the #1 national newscast, CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme, and broadcasts the top-ranked local newscasts in 11 of the 12 major Canadian markets, reaching more than 25 million viewers each week. CTV is also the #1 choice for prime-time viewing, and has been the most-watched television network in Canada for the past nine consecutive years.

CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media entertains, informs and inspires Canadians. Bell Media owns 28 conventional stations, including CTV, Canada’s#1 television network and lead broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and owns and operates 29 specialty channels, including TSN, Canada’s #1 specialty channel and RDS, Canada’s #1 French-language specialty channel. Bell Media also owns 33 radio stations, dozens of websites including the Sympatico. ca portal, and Dome Productions Inc. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

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Norsat NewsFlash April 2013

Posted on Thursday, April 18

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LinkControl Software – Troubleshooting Demo Video

 
   

LinkControl™ software is the most advanced satellite acquisition software on the market. With tools such as an integrated spectrum analyzer, unlimited user editable profiles, and a new automated troubleshooting interface, LinkControl makes satellite acquisition easy for both assisted and auto-acquire satellite terminals. Want to learn more?  Take a look at our new demo video to see how LinkControl makes identifying and correcting problems easy.

Take our Customer Survey – Win a $250 Gift Card!

 
   

We take customer feedback seriously, so we want to give you the chance to let us know what you think of our Company, our products, & our support team.  This short online survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and as a token of our appreciation, all submissions will be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card!  Survey closes April 30th, click to enter now.

GLOBETrekker 2.0: The Auto-Levelling Feature

One of the exciting new features available in GLOBETrekker 2.0 is automatic levelling.  This compensates for the inclination of the reflector while the system is adjusting the azimuth, making deployment quick and easy, even on rugged terrain. To learn more about auto-levelling, click here.

Microwave Certifications: REACH, CE and ROHS

We’re committed to provding you with highest quality products, and this means we’re constantly updating our certifications, including REACH, CE and ROHS.  We’ve recently gone through a major ceritfication update, so take a look to see our most current certifications or contact us for details on our QA process.

Event to Announce a $13.3M Repayable Contribution

 
   

We were delighted to host the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Richmond, Delta East, at an event to announce our receipt of a $13.3M repayable contribution from the Strategic Aerospace & Defence Initiative.  The contribution will go towards our research and development program and enable us to continue providing you with faster, lighter and more advanced communications products and services.  See more about the event here.

Norsat In the News…

A brief roundup of where we’ve been in the media lately.

ACCE Awards – We won Best International Business from the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrpreneurs!  Take a look at this great video of our award

UpFront Magazine – A profile of our technology, our leader, and how we enable communications in the most challenging situations

SatMagazine – Our President & CEO,Dr. Amiee Chan, gives some excellent insight into Norsat and the SatComms industry in this executive spotlight article

Talent Egg – Another spotlight on our fearless leader, this article follows Dr. Chan through her career from Co-op student to CEO

CABSAT Preview – We had a great event at CABSAT in Dubai, and were featured in the event publication showcasing GLOBETrekker 2.0

Vancouver Province – Dr. Chan was one of several women featured in this article about BC’s 18 female winners of WXN Top 100 Awards

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NAB 2013 Summary

Posted on Monday, April 15

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NAB is one of the biggest and most diverse tradeshows that we attend, and this year was another great opportunity to mix and mingle with customer and partners.  We appreciated the chance to say hello, show off some of newest and most exciting products and hear your thoughts on what’s going on in the industry.  

This year we showcased some of our newly released microwave products at NAB, including a multi-band 9000 series Ka LNB.  Customer feedback on the importance of a standard product that supports a number of frequencies from a single unit underlined the need for these kind of products, and we look forward to developing this line further to aid in the roll-out of Ka-based services.  We also displayed our ROVER satellite terminal, which was well received by broadcasters looking for an easy to use flyaway terminal with flexible connectivity options from a single unit. 

008 140 chatting at NABThanks to those who stopped by our booth, and for your kind words about our product reliability and performance- it’s always good to hear from you! For those who missed the chance to give feedback face to face (positive or negative!), we invite you to take our short online customer survey, which is open until April 30th 2013.

PS-All surveys submitted are entered into a draw for $250 Amazon gift card, so make sure you enter today!

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Take the Norsat Customer Survey – Win a $250 Gift Card!

Posted on Monday, April 8

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At Norsat, we care about our customers and strive to continuously improve our products and services to better meet your needs.  We hope that every time you visit our website, speak to a sales representative or call technical support your experience is a good one, and if it isn’t, we’d like to know how to do better. 

So, we invite you to take this short customer survey to let us know what you think of our products, and the experience of working with us.  We’re even interested in what you’d like to see us develop in the future – we’ll take your future product and feature requests seriously and if possible, integrate them into our development program.  

Complete the Survey by April 30th and as token of our appreciation, you will be entered into a draw for a $250 Amazon gift card.  You can complete the survey anonymously, but you’ll need to give us your email address to win the prize.  This online survey includes questions about products, sales and technical support, and our corporate identity.  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will remain saved if you come back to finish the survey later.

Never purchased a Norsat product before?  Feel free to take the survey anyways, we’re always interested in hearing what you think of the satellite and microwave industry.  Click the link below to take the online survey, and contact us if you have problems.  We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Media event to Announce Contribution from SADI

Posted on Tuesday, April 2

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Norsat has been working with the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) since 2008, when we receive a repayable contribution towards our Research and Development program. Through this funding we were able to develop over 20 products for the microwave and satellite markets, including the new GLOBETrekker 2.0.

This past week we announced a new contribution from SADI, which will be used to further our R&D work, develop new collaborative relationships with university researchers, and strengthen our ties with the local businesses who supply us with components that go into our technology.  

We were pleased to host the Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Associate Minister of National Defence, and MP for Richmond, Delta East last Friday as she made the announcement at a media event.  This event, hosted jointly with Industry Canada, was well attended by Norsat’s partners, Industry Canada representatives and various media.  The Minister spoke to the strength of the SADI program and Canada’s manufacturing industry, and was positive about what Norsat has achieved through SADI funding thus far.

From all of us at Norsat, we thank Minister Findlay for joining us, and the government of Canada for investing in our technology.  We look forward to making you proud!

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Associate Minister Findlay makes the announcement.

 

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Norsat CFO, Arthur Chin addresses the group.

 

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A brief demonstration of our satellite technology.

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Norsat Wins ACCE Best International Business Award!

Posted on Wednesday, March 27

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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.

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Video of Norsat’s win begins at 3:30

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Satellite 2013: Thanks for joining us!

Posted on Tuesday, March 26

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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.

Next month we’ll be attending NAB in Las Vegas, so if you missed us at Satellite, make sure you stop by Booth SU3404 at NAB to say hello, or contact us to schedule a meeting.

Event Photos of Norsat at Satellite 2013

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LinkControl Software: Automated Trouble-shooting

Posted on Friday, March 22

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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.

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