Lockheed Martin has developed a a new LTE-over-Satellite system to connect existing phones with satellites for reliable 4G connections.
The new mobility tech has been designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters.
According to the company, these LTE hotspots will offer better mobile reception to both first responders and disaster victims alike during emergencies.
“When disaster strikes, cell phone networks often go down – whether because of the event or because of the sheer volume of traffic,” says Maria Demaree, Lockheed vice president and general manager of Mission Solutions.
“So, it’s important to have new ways to connect families and first responders with people who would be otherwise cut off from contact.”
When calamity strikes, specialized satellite phones are the only option available for mobile connectivity.
Lockheed Martin wants to remedy this with its LTE-over-Satellite solution as it lets people complement satellite phones with their existing commercial phones.
The system enables a 4G pop-up cellular network connected directly to a satellite.
According to a 2018 Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) report, LTE now accounts for more than a third of all mobile subscriptions globally.
It offers broadband data rates in addition to voice and SMS, so important photos, files and commerce can still take place even if traditional communications infrastructure is disrupted.
Lockheed’s new mobility system isn’t limited for use during natural disaster or terrorist attacks only.
It could also be used by offshore fisherman located far from cell towers, remote mineral production outposts, scientific and research stations, and in agriculture operations.
Moreover, LTE hotspots can be mounted to vehicles, trucks, or ships to provide additional connectivity.
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