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SATCOM Border Monitoring Integrated System in the New Age: Army Surveillance Activities to Enable Economic Growth

The Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON) acquired a new SATCOM solution that provides greater flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness. It is used for the Land Force Command and Control System in the range of Brazilian land borders. Choosing the right solution was key. As the objective of the system is to enable defense and security agencies to curb illicit acts such as arms trafficking, drug and contraband smuggling, cargo and vehicle theft, environmental crimes, and prevention of border conflicts in coordination with the neighboring countries. By contributing to the improvement of security and stability, SISFRON can help the long-term development of Brazil’s border areas, including the Amazon region.

SpaceBridge ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ technology selected due to its efficiency in supplying communications. In fact, it has enough scalability, flexibility, and reliability in mission-critical real-time conditions. More over it significantly optimizes the Space Segment and providing reliability to the communication links in remote areas, including where interference is present. “Where you need them and when you need them” in a bandwidth on-demand scheme.

WaveSwitch™ Capabilities

With the acquisition from SpaceBridge of an ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ VSAT hub system with georedundancy and 15 Lightweight Flyaway Terminals (TL) for the Pilot Project, which comprises the country region under responsibility of the Western Military Command (CMO), the Brazilian Army became able to make a better use of the available satellite resources and increase reliability, flexibility, and efficiency with its quick deployable terminals. This would easily connect remote military units or subunits to the headquarters.

The ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ system is capable of dynamically managing the available bandwidth. As well as switching the waveform according to each application’s demands and to the propagation conditions, even under interference. When military HF and VHF radio aggregation and termination are needed, the most favorable real-time MF-TDMA waveform will take place and be automatically activated in the system for the secured and immune transmission. However, if an important event needs video or high-resolution picture to send immediately, the SCPC waveform will enter into action. It will transmit secured high-data rate and high-quality live video from HD cameras.

SpaceBridge’s Solution

With the adoption of this new paradigm, newfound agility and flexibility to deploy the terminals became clear. Better efficiency achieved with the system’s ability to provide Bandwidth on Demand (BoD). It achieved with the unused capacity on the fly for those remote vehicles or deployed command posts, maneuvering special units. Moreover, efficiency is achieved according to their needs and applications. This includes: C² systems, sensor data transmission, trunking radio communications backhauling, VoIP calls. As well as includes video streaming and videoconference – without the need of previous scheduling. This allows the remote units to communicate with the headquarters more fluently. Consequently, a better outcome produced from defense and law enforcement activities along the Brazilian border.

Notably, the ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ system was provided with the capacity to absorb all the armed forces’ X-band terminals of the Military Satellite Communications Integrated System (SISCOMIS) currently in use. Additionally, an advanced gateway Georedundancy capabilities that provides continuity and resilience in turbulent weather conditions, interference and natural disasters. The SpaceBridge disaster-ready architecture designed to deal with such high-risk scenarios. Therefore, all of the Brazilian Armed Forces and MoD are able to benefit from SpaceBridge’s solutions. Thank to their the flexibility, efficiency, resilience and reliability of the satellite communications infrastructure in joint and interagency operations.

The Outcome

During the expansion of the Amazonian and West region of Brazil, SISFRON increased its number of deployed terminals. They procured and added other flyaway remote terminals to allow for flexibility, resilience, and independence when it comes to the SATCOM aspects of the deployed commands.

As a well-established vendor and operator of advanced managed services, SpaceBridge provided in-country project management.  This included the Factory Acceptance Test in Canada, as well as Advanced SATCOM trainings. Additionally, they provided a knowledge transfer to Brazilian Army operators and other partners.

Army officials’ satisfaction demonstrated that the ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ system provided the Brazilian Army the capability of better monitoring the almost 17,000 km of the Nation’s terrestrial borders.

SpaceBridge’s Impact

As a result, the Brazilian population living closer to the borders can feel more secure. As they are better supported and defended by the Brazilian Army. This allows for better economic growth in that area, land dominancy and better utilization of natural resources. Ultimately, the Ministry of Defense benefits immensely, as they can save up to 30% of precious satellite important resources of the Brazilian Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC), a very valuable piece of the Brazilian Communications and Defense System.

Furthermore, due to the success of the implementation of the ASAT™ WaveSwitch™ system within SISFRON, and its scalability, along with its already existing integration with the Brazilian MoD’s Defense Operational Network (ROD) and the Military Satellite Communications System (SISCOMIS), SpaceBridge envisions potential future opportunities with the Brazilian Armed Forces and MoD, to improve the provision of C² information to key-decision makers in joint and interagency operations for matters of National Defense.

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About the authors

Alexandre Silva retired from the Brazilian Army in mid-2021. He was a Colonel and military telecommunications engineer for more than 29 years of service. Alexandre is now part of SpaceBridge’s team. He leads the Government and Defense Business Development initiatives and defining the next Generation Product Lifecycle as Defense Product Owner. Throughout his career, he commanded and led several ground and satellite communications systems and projects, among them worth mentioning his role as technical engineering commander of the Brazilian MoD’s Defense Operational Network (ROD) and the Military Satellite Communications System (SISCOMIS).

Carlos Xavier Jr is General Manager and Vice President of sales in Brazil at SpaceBridge. He is an electronic and telecommunications engineer with a post grad in Business Administration and Marketing and has worked for several multinational companies in Brazil and Latin America. He has built an impressive portfolio including brands such as Sony, Grupo Telecom Italia, and Grupo Stefanini. Xavier has been managing satellite solutions for more than fifteen years and providing satellite-based defense solutions in Brazil for the past five, establishing excellent relationships with SpaceBridge customers since 2017.