All satellite solutions from Ground Control establish a standard IP connection via Ethernet link for any M2M or other IP capable device to use. With a VSAT satellite dish solution, large amounts of data can be quickly transmitted, however VSAT dishes are bulky, use far more electricity than BGAN and the dish itself can be knocked offline from wind or snow that would require a certified installer to correct. BGAN terminals on the other hand are very portable, use a tiny amount of power (.01 to 4 watts for the Hughes 9502), and are not effected nearly as much by extreme environmental conditions like wind and snow. And BGAN terminals do not require a certified installer which in many locations would be impractical or not cost effective to too timely to deploy.
In-Motion M2M Equipment & Service Ground Control offers tracking equipment for your truck or big-rig for terrestrial or maritime SCADA or M2M requirements using the popular BGAN M2M service. More
Comparison of Satellite Systems for M2M, SCADA, IP Device Use
IP Sec / Leased Line / MPLS to NOC / VPN / Co-Location
BGAN vs Satellite Dish for SCADA / M2M / IP Applications:
A BGAN terminal operates globally on the same network with a single service "BGAN".
VSAT services are regional (i.e., North + Central America Only).
A VSAT dish more cost effective for transferring Gigabytes of data.
BGAN service can transmit large quantities of data at slower speeds (250-350 Kbps) using BGAN Link service.
A BGAN terminal uses very low power...less than 4 watts during normal operation. Excellent for solar powered sites.
A VSAT dish will pull between 90 to 150 watts of power, which is not ideal for solar powered locations.
Both BGAN terminals and VSAT systems can operates in extreme temperatures.
A VSAT dish is more susceptible to high winds than BGAN and can be misaligned.
A BGAN terminal is easily installed and repointed by anyone, where VSAT requires a certified installer.
A BGAN terminal has almost no rain fade signal degradation, and can take 25mm of ice before transmission issues.
A VSAT dish may have an optional de-icer for snow locations.
A BGAN terminal antenna is low-profile, which is helpful in reducing theft or vandalism.
A BGAN terminal has a backup communications channel (wide-beam circuit switch) staying online even with very low signal quality.
Many SCADA or M2M devices can be configured to transmit under 1 kilobyte of data per "poll" making BGAN M2M very affordable.
BGAN Portal - Tracking - Monitoring - Controlling
$19 per terminal per month - No term contracts - Info
Ground Control's Terminal Management Portal will track, monitor and control one or more BGAN terminals from a secure intuitive web interface. This highly functional portal shows terminal GPS locations, service usage, and provides wake-up and sleep commands as well as historic log file for all activity with any terminal.
The BGAN Terminal Management Portal is $19 per month per terminal. There are no term contracts, or minimum number of terminals required. You may add and remove terminals at any time. More information on the BGAN Terminal Management Portal. more
The Hughes 9502 one-piece terminal is remote Ethernet port supplied by 4 watts of 12 or 24 Volts DC power. It uses the BGAN M2M service and can operate in the most extreme conditions anywhere on the globe.
A two-piece Hughes 9502 places the transceiver inside of a small enclosure. The BGAN terminal can be configured to use less than one watt, so solar options are viable. more
Ground Control offers the Evolution X1 outdoor satellite router that requires no enclosure or environmental air conditioning. This router is often paired with our 1.2 meter satellite dish, with a 3 watt BUC on a non-pen mount or pole mount. more
VSAT installations in snow locations will want to include our electric powered Anti-Icing equipment to reduce snow buildup on the antenna.
Two U-bolts secure the Ranger Mounting/Pointing Bracket to a vertical pole (3.5" OD in photo). The Ranger's small size keeps it from moving off signal in sever winds. It is a perfect manned or unmanned remote communications point.
The above Hughes 9502 solar solution costs less than $3,000 USD, and works in no-power locations with a 20 watt solar panel. This global solution is ideal for low-bandwidth (2 to 10 MBs per monty) monitoring and control. Solar Sentry Solution.
The Solar / Battery bank pole mounted solution uses Guy Wires to help secure the system in sever winds. Hughes 9201 M2M