Slightly cold and a little damp under foot... GRC were delighted to be included in a Royal Marine demonstration of innovative technology within an exercise on Dartmoor. Demonstrating the compact Tampa Microwave Manpack Terminal and Swarm45, alongside GRC’s own SCYTALE Maritime, a carry-on communications hub featuring bonded 3G/4G GSM and satellite capabilities, providing VOIP phones, Wi-FI for data and streaming video and more in a simple all-in-one package!

GRc and Avanti Logos

Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti”), a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), has signed a minimum commitment contract valued at $500,000 with Global Radiodata Communications Ltd (“GRC” or “GRC Ltd”), who develop and supply mission-critical communication products and solutions, to provide high speed and resilient Ka-band satellite communications to defence and commercial operations.

Following successful trials, Avanti and GRC will deploy secure high data-rate communications across Avanti’s High Throughput Satellites, HYLAS 1 and HYLAS 2, using GRC’s very small (man-pack and SCYTALE) terminal solution.

The strategic partnership directly supports defence and security organisations in the provision of flexible, agile and portable satellite communications to the military across EMEA. The capability also demonstrates Avanti’s ability to support the exponential growth in the Internet of Things (“IoT”) and connected sensors, as well as enable defence and security organisations to take advantage of full motion video, as well as other C4ISR data.

Graham Peters, Managing Director of Avanti Government Solutions, said: “The collaboration between Avanti’s High Throughput Ka-band technology and GRC’s innovative portable communication systems provides a capability that has enormous potential across defence and security markets.  We are proud to be working with GRC to support Defence communications.” 

Iain Pope, Managing Director of GRC Ltd, said: “GRC specialise in designing small, portable communications systems and Avanti provides us with exceptional capacity and high throughput  Ka-band communications leading to greatly improved operational capability for our military users.”

The partnership between Avanti and GRC enables Avanti to offer a unique and highly sought-after capability to defence and security markets around the world, including in the areas of Satellite on the Move (SOTM).

For further information, please contact: Mediarelations@avantiplc.com

 

About Avanti Communications
Avanti connects people wherever they are – in their homes, businesses, in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more than 180 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous internet service to a quarter of the world’s population. Avanti delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding telecoms customers in the world seek.

Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band spectrum in perpetuity that covers an end market of over 1.7bn people.

The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

Avanti has a unique Cloud-based customer interface that is protected by patented technology.

Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN: LSE). www.avantiplc.com

 

About Global Radiodata Communications Ltd
Based in the UK (Hereford), GRC Ltd design and supply key communication products and solutions, including the provision of command and control, satellite services, radio frequency, situational awareness and secure networks. Their comprehensive range of solutions enables defence, government, emergency response, commercial and aid agency organisations the ability to operate in challenging environments and situations.www.grcltd.net

Building on our tried and tested SCYTALE defence welfare products, GRC’s innovative engineering team use real-world knowledge and next generation technology to provide a unique way of enabling deployed personnel to keep in touch with friends and family. Using satcom and bonded GSM, this evolution of SCYTALE provides VOIP phones and Wi-Fi in a cost-effective, rapidly deployable package, allowing operational personnel to get FaceTime when they need it most.

A great day demonstrating lightweight, manpack satellite communication at GRC HQ, with the Satcube, Swarm45 and Tampa Microwave Terminals live and linked to our SCYTALE suite! These highly portable terminals pack into a single carry-on bag, but supply super-fast broadband speeds, offering defence and government users, broadcasters and oil and gas workers the perfect voice and data solution.

GRC are delighted to sign a contract as an official reseller of the ground-breaking SATCUBE! Not much bigger than a laptop and connecting in under a minute, SATCUBE delivers an outstanding 4 Mbps full duplex over standard satellite and up to 20Mbps via HTS satellite – speeds normally associated with much larger, heavier terminals! With hot-swap batteries, IP65 rated for water and dust and offering connection via LAN or Wi-Fi, it’s ideal for defence users, first responders, broadcasters, oil and gas teams - anyone who needs high speed, portable communication! Contact us now for more information: sales@grcltd.net 

Scytale Maritime being tested after receiving an upgrade to include bonded 3G/4G GSM

In response to customer feedback, GRC’s SCYTALE Maritime now supports connection via 3G/4G networks in addition to satellite! This upgrade allows vessels within range of port or coastal services to use cost-effective bonded GSM networks for their data, or bond with a sat com connection for super-fast network access! As a carry-on comms hub, the Maritime requires no permanent fixtures and creates a high-speed, self-healing, self-optimising, Wi-Fi, broadband voice and data network within minutes of deployment!

Box full of Motorola Handheld and Vehicle Radios

Rugged and cost effective, Motorola radios offer a reliable mission critical communication solution for users operating on foot, or in vehicles. Configured and tested, this kit is off to a security customer as part of a custom designed solution to upgrade their existing comms hardware. If you have any RF or satcom requirements and would like to discuss them with us, please get in touch - sales@grcltd.net 

Happy New Year! We're proud to say we've successfully renewed our Cyber Essentials accreditation for another year! Designed to help guard against the most common cyber threats, the Cyber Essentials certification is a great way to demonstrate a real commitment to Cyber Security, protecting not only our own IT infrastructure, but also our ability to serve our customers.

4 new Thuraya XT-Lite Handsets ready for dispatch to offshore lone workers

Heading out to an offshore renewable energy customer, these Thuraya XT-Lite Sat Phones are ideally suited to users operating in remote areas. With credit valid for 5 YEARS on GRC's backup sim plan, this low cost handset, with up to 80 hours standby battery life, is perfect as an emergency contact solution for commercial users, or friends and family on their travels. Contact us now to find out more: sales@grcltd.net

10 Swarm45 SatCom Terminals and Scytale+

A swarm of Swarms! Tested and configured, these Paradigm Swarm45 SatCom Terminals on Avanti and GRC SCYTALE+ and V units are ready for delivery to the customer, providing deployable, high-speed, secure communications. Operating over the Swarm45, the GRC designed SCYTALE+ (Peli Case) and SCYTALE+ V (Peli Backpack), provides a secure, high-bandwidth (currently up to 15Mbps) voice and data connection, supporting the growing demand for deployed office/command and control by commercial and government sectors.

2 Swarm45 Satcom Terminals being tested in snowy conditions

Wind? Snow? Ice? Perfect conditions to setup these 2 Swarm45 SatCom Terminals on Avanti! Lightweight and packing into a single hard case, the Swarm45 is a perfect partner for our SCYTALE's, offering mobile, high speed voice, data and streaming video from some of the most remote regions in the world... including snowy Hereford!

 

GRC Ltd is pleased to announce the signing of a Representative Agreement with Thales Defence and Security, Inc. (TDSI). This agreement will enable GRC to market a range of Thales products in key European and international markets, offering customers in these regions sales support, expertise and greater access to Thales market leading products and solutions.

US Army using Thales Radio Handset

GRC’s Managing Director Iain Pope said, “GRC is extremely pleased to commit to this relationship and we look forward to developing the range of Thales products available to these markets. We have a successful history working with Thales radio and satellite products and I’m confident this partnership will further enhance our ability to provide end users with the best communications solutions.”

Products GRC will be handling include; the world leading Thales IMBITR multiband inter/intra team encrypted radio system and the innovative range of Tampa Microwave (a Thales company) Manpack Satellite Terminals.

Tampa manpack satellite terminal

Based in the UK (Hereford) and Dubai, GRC develop and supply mission critical communication products and solutions, including the provision of command and control, satellite services, radio frequency, situational awareness, secure networking and intelligence systems. Their comprehensive range of solutions enable military, government, emergency response, commercial and aid agency organisations to face changing global communication challenges. www.grcltd.net

Thales Defence & Security, Inc., based in Clarksburg Maryland, is a global company serving defence and commercial markets with innovative solutions for the ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval/maritime, and security domains. www.thalesdsi.com