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Toughsat Mobile Satellite Internet System Now Available on FEMA Task Force Equipment Cache List

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., FEMA National Urban Search and Rescue Teams can now purchase Ground Control’s popular Toughsat XP satellite systems for high-speed connectivity and VoIP phone service to any location in North America in 3.5 minutes. The Toughsat is ideal for large-scale support of multiple computers, IP devices and phones in disaster areas where satellite is the only reliable form of communication.

The Toughsat XP is available in two forms: (1) the rooftop Toughsat XP mounts on any truck or trailer roof and is deployed by pressing a single button for full connectivity in 3.5 minutes. And the (2) Flyaway Case-Based Toughsat XP, a rolling, ground-mounted solution that fits in an SUV. Setup of the Flyaway can be performed by one person in about 10 minutes. Both systems provide iDirect VSAT connectivity speeds of 5Mbps download and 2Mbps upload with up to 10 VoIP phones over one satellite connection. Both systems provide Wi-Fi connectivity for any in-range wireless device to connect. Toughsat Hotspots can quickly establish phone and Internet communication to any emergency staging area. Toughsat XP’s are available in 1.2-meter and .98-meter sizes.

About The FEMA Approved Task Force Equipment Cache List

The Approved Task Force Equipment Cache List is designed to support critical equipment purchases for Search and Rescue teams who are deployed to emergencies within 6 hours of notification and must be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours when engaged in operations. The Cache List is designed to streamline procurement procedures of listed equipment. Ground Control’s equipment is listed CC-0111.00 for the Toughsat XP and CC-0111.01 for the Flyaway case option.

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Ground Control Announces GEN II of their Global Internet Suitcase – the MCD-4800 “The Football”

Ground Control’s MCD-4800 "The Football" let’s anyone create a mobile WiFi Internet hotspot from anywhere with the touch of a button. The global internet suitcase Gen II has recently been updated to improve the user experience.

San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB)

Ground Control, a manufacturing company for full-service satellite Internet providers and satellite systems, has announced the launch of newest generation of the MCD-4800 “The Football.” Through the use of in-motion BGAN technology, the MCD-4800 is capable of being used while stationary or in motion, such as on a vehicle or boat deck. The global communications case allows all personnel to create a WiFi satellite hotspot with the touch of a button and no pointing required.

The MCD-4800 is a one-hand carry-portable ruggedized case that requires no certification or training to operate. Users can be fully connected within 60 seconds of powering the unit on and walking away. The case produces a long-range 100 meter WiFi hotspot for any in-range wireless device to connect with.

The Gen II MCD-4800 now has a ruggedized internal equipment design and a power button placed on the inside of the case for ease of use. Additionally, the case now has an accessible WiFi antenna (802.11), a high-contrast daylight display, accessible SIM tray for BGAN SIM insertion, and new partner branding options. Ground Control has also implemented a new single AC/CD charger that does performs the functions of both a separate quick charge and trickle charge chargers. Details on the new features can be found at:

"Since its release in 2011, the MCD-4800 has been in use worldwide with many government and public agencies for a variety of demands", said Jeff Staples, CEO of Ground Control. "In that time we've received excellent user feedback and have made significant improvements to the technology. The Gen II Football today is being touted for its ease of use, portability and quick deployment into a variety of unexpected communications requirements."

The internal battery of the MCD-4800 allows for internet speeds for up to 5 hours of 464 Kbps. The BGAN network is net-neutral so client applications are able to function normally over the Inmarsat satellite network. Greater security can be achieved from the front panel’s RF-45 Ethernet connection, a firewall whitelist of approved IPs or protocols, or a MPLS private network to any destination for total security.

"Ground Control has created an ideal solution for organizations requiring global one-button mobile satellite Internet connectivity, integrating the Hughes 9450 BGAN in-motion terminal into the increasingly popular MCD-4800", said Graham Avis, Vice President at Hughes San Diego. "We are impressed with the simple one-button operation in a small form-factor Pelican case. The 'Global Internet Suitcase' has been invented."

The in-motion feature of the MCD-4800 means that it can maintain full connectivity even while turning at more than 45 degrees per second in any direction. This allows for unmatched flexibility for reliable communication, in any environment, anywhere on the globe. The MCD-4800 has an impressive environmental rating of IP66 (water jets from any direction), and since it operates with the case lid closed, water and dust and dirt penetration are largely mitigated. Operational temperatures of the terminal are rated at -15° F to 131° F (-26˚ C to +55˚ C).

For more information on the MCD-4800 “The Football,” please go to: To view a video about the MCD-4800, please go to:

About Ground Control Systems, Inc.
Ground Control is a full-service satellite Internet provider and satellite systems manufacturer offering high-speed fixed, mobile, portable and maritime solutions for organizations throughout the world. Ground Control manufactures the MSS Toughsat mobile satellite systems as well as provide connection services for all of our product offerings. Clients include federal, state and local governments, educational institutions, oil & gas, emergency and disaster services, fortune 1000 businesses, small businesses and professionals. For more information, please visit

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON™ managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit

Ground Control’s MCD-4800 Football is the World’s First Global Hotspot in a Suitcase

Simply turn a key on the front of the Football, and this self-pointing satellite terminal will establish a wireless hotspot in 60 seconds, globally.

San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB)

Ground Control Systems, a leader in mobile and portable satellite Internet solutions, today announced the immediate availability of The Football 3.01, hardened BGAN case, service and support. The Football is ideal for first responders, or other professionals that require a reliable broadband satellite Internet connection quickly, and without complexities. Just turn the system on under an open sky for full wireless Internet connectivity.

"Satellite is the only sure way of staying connected no matter where you are, especially during a localized disaster where power is unavailable.” Says Mark Wright, Founder of Ground Control Systems. “The suitcase sized Football provides automatic satellite connectivity, and then it becomes a wireless access point for any in range laptop, smartphone or other internet capable device. It really is just that simple.”

The Football BGAN Terminal features can be found at , and include:

► Up to 460 Kbps broadband Internet speeds (up and down).
► Fully automatic - No Pointing or aiming. Simply place under an open sky.
► Create a wireless access point in 60 seconds for any in-range device.
► Operates for 9.5 hours on a single charge.
► Ruggedized, operates in extreme environments.
► Full IP compatibility – Internet, SMTP email, File Transfer (FTP).
► Operates Globally (except for the extreme polar regions).

The Football uses Inmarsat BGAN satellite L-band technology giving it superior performance in sever weather compared with much larger satellite systems. BGAN Service is provided for by Ground Control for pre-paid or monthly contracts. Information on BGAN service from Ground Control can be fount at

Ground Control Systems, Inc., Awarded Oregon Satellite Contract
Ground Control Systems, Inc., a leading satellite internet and phone provider, has been awarded a contract from the State of Oregon to provide Satellite Services. Under the new contract, agencies will be able to access Broadband Internet where no current infrastructure is in place. Network redundancy will also be possible utilizing Ground Control’s fixed VSAT hardware. In the event land lines fail, the Ground Control network can serve as a primary data and voice link. Agencies using the Ground Control network as a primary connection will be able to take advantage of the iDirect technology which Ground Control leverages to lower bandwidth costs, while providing users with close to T1 speeds. With a voice optimization package, users have uninterrupted voice over IP calls with minimal latency.

As a network backup, the State will be able to pay a minimal fee for a live connection, and then pay for usage as needed. This network insurance policy will allow for critical data and voice communications to continue in the event of interruption in their main service.

About Ground Control Systems, Inc.
Ground Control is a full-service satellite Internet provider that offers high-speed fixed, mobile, portable and maritime solutions for organizations throughout the world. Ground Control manufactures the MSS mobile satellite systems as well as provides connection services for all of our product offerings. Our clients include federal, state and local governments, educational institutions, oil & gas, emergency and disaster services, fortune 1000 businesses, small businesses, professionals, and RVers.

TDI-Brooks International Stays Connected While at Sea
Atascadero, CA
Ground Control and GeoData Publishers Provide TDI-Brooks International With Fleet Broadband - Delivering Constant Communications While at Sea. more

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