Our nation’s defense systems require the most cutting-edge solutions in the areas of end-to-end satellite and terrestrial communications. In order to achieve this, the U.S. Navy needed to be able to maximize use of its leased bandwidth to aid in overall mission support.
Under the U.S. Navy’s new Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP), Intelsat General recently undertook the creation of a worldwide command and control system to provision, control, monitor, and display the entire operation. The ability to maximize the use of leased bandwidth also fell under this contract.
Prior to the Intelsat General engagement, dynamic bandwidth allocation schemes were currently not possible due to the equipment fielded on the Navy’s ships — with the ships supporting only serial-based Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) duplex links. As such, the efficient use of the leased transponder space involves assigning ships (missions) to pre-arranged carrier “slots.” Optimization of use required keeping these slots assigned to missions, and periodically changing the allocation to make best use of the available bandwidth.
To accomplish this, an information system had to be created that displayed current and historical utilization of these resources. Intelsat General created a new system that draws current state information — transponder power, data through the circuits — to provide a real-time and historical utilization metric. And, instead of drafting a message to assign slots, the mission planner logs into a web site where all current and future slot assignments are visible, creating a new level of efficiencies.
By creating a web-based tool that allows universal visibility into the assignment and utilization process, we were able to play a major role in reducing transaction costs and increasing overall visibility. We imagine that once the system has been allowed to run for a while, we can gain a full picture of how this effort results in higher utilization and more efficient use of the transponders.
For a fuller understanding of how Intelsat General managed this complex integration, click through to the complete white paper. In addition, stay tuned for part two in a series of posts on this implementation.