Mobile WiMAX: BATS Demonstrates Ship to Ship Wireless Broadband Communications Tracking System

by OldSailor on August 7, 2009


BATS Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) has successfully demonstrated ship-to-ship wireless broadband communications tracking system using their BTS-2500 units with two wireless broadband radios.

Some interesting features of BATS and Ship to Ship demonstration are:

  • has developed the software and hardware technology for broadband communication systems for mobile or fixed platforms.
  • the BTS-2500 System consists of a modular computer-controlled positioning unit along with the Hardened Antenna Control Unit (HACU) or Rack Mount Control Unit (RMCU).
  • aims, finds and locks in on an access point automatically in seconds.
  • maintains continuous tracking without the use of a global positioning systems (GPS) or coordinates.
  • saves time and resources used for manual adjusting or resetting of antenna as in conventional systems.
  • has integrated servo positioning units, predictive search and tracking algorithms, to match with any wireless broadband system.
  • can be rapidly deployed and can be used as an extension of a wireless network without relying on expensive, low-bandwidth satellite communications.
  • useful for communication between moving vehicles on land, water and in air to access critical broadband communications resources i.e. data ,voice and streaming video in real time.
  • suitable as mobile WiMAX for Ship to Shore and Ship to Ship communications.

  • ship to ship demonstration: BATS_specifications
    • was conducted on the Sea of Marmara as a cost effective communications tracking system with high bandwidth and low latency to cover great distances to a fleet of ships.
    • the tracking systems were mounted on the main mast of each ship at a height of 16 metres above the sea level.
    • the system automatically repositioned the directional broadband antenna mounted on the vessel to maintain a wireless broadband network session quickly, locked in and were able to track each other with satisfactory RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication).
    • the communication was successful for ships simultaneously moving at speeds up to 13 knots and at distances up to 44 kilo metres apart.
    • video surveillance and IP telephone applications ran perfectly with a stable bandwidth of 4.5 Mbps and a maximum latency experience of less than 5 milliseconds.

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