CapRock Government Solutions announced that its new commercial, off-the-shelf communications service, CommandAccess, is in its final phase of development.
CommandAccess is designed for military and civilian agencies deployed in remote areas of operation. As a prepackaged and customized satellite communications services, it connects very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to the Internet, public switched telephone service, and secure government networks. CommandAccess allows customers with certified portable and man-packable terminals to benefit from two-way broadband-satellite communications at guaranteed speeds up to 1Mbps.
CapRock’s new product is designed as a commercially available, yet military-grade network for voice, video and data communications. It will be offered in several frequency bands, including X, Ku and Ka. Created to enhance the U.S. government’s Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) program, CommandAccess will allow customers to use existing remote field terminals, or approved commercial satellite equipment on the CapRock network. CommandAccess will be available in several packages and data rates, with a flat monthly fee on a per-terminal basis.
David Myers, executive vice president and general manager of CapRock, said “While the missions of our customers vary considerably across different government agencies, we repeatedly hear one consistent message; deployed field personnel need better access to their chain of command to improve real-time situational awareness, intelligence gathering, and tactical decision making. A reliable communications system is a critical lifeline for deployed units in theater.”
The first prepackaged satellite subscription service designed from the start as a military-grade network, CommandAccess will use capacity from the Skynet 5 fleet of military hardened geosynchronous communications satellites.
Live trials of CommandAccess have been planned over the next several weeks, and the official product launch is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of next year.