A Place For VSATs

Crawford, Scott
February 2005
Business Communications Review;Feb2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p54
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the reasons as to why the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) has selected very small aperture terminal (VSAT) satellite technology as the medium of choice for a global data collection network art of the mission of the CTBTO's operational arm is the establishment of monitoring stations and data analysis laboratories throughout the world, in cooperation with treaty-participating nations. The purpose of these monitoring stations and laboratories is to gather data on airborne compounds, seismic information, and even vibrations carried thousands of miles through the earth's crust as well as its oceans. The data are then used to assess international compliance to CTBTO guidelines. Some of these sites are located on established IP networks with high quality of service. Others, however, are extremely remote. In some cases, no networking--and possibly no technology of any sort--may exist at all at a location, which is nevertheless crucial to an effective monitoring regime for scientific reasons. In these cases, VSAT networking provides a solution no other technology can. Its lightweight form factor and footprint is a particular advantage in more challenging environments.


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