Stratos Launches New Communications Technology

Stratos Global Corp., the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced its DataSat II shared-hub VSAT service to support supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications for U.S. upstream oil, gas and utility companies.

Based on Gilat's high-performance SkyEdge VSAT platform, DataSat II from Stratos offers acceleration, VPN, QoS, high inbound data rates, improved access scheme and modulations to maximize the performance of IP or serial-based SCADA, remote monitoring, intranet and VoIP applications.

DataSat II is the newest application-centric network solution from Stratos. It supports applications for data collection and monitoring of remote assets - including utility substations and oil or gas pipelines. In addition to custom solutions, Stratos also offers enhanced IP or serial polling and 24x7 network monitoring from its Denver Network Operations Center (NOC). The NOC is staffed with trained, experienced operators who ensure the highest possible network availability.

DataSat II from Stratos is available with affordable flat-rate pricing and improved performance, providing customers with up to 256 kbps. The high-bandwidth VSAT platform features IP or serial platforms with either fixed or self-deploying antenna systems. Durable, weatherproof VSAT enclosures are also available.

"Stratos has a long, successful history serving the upstream oil and gas market. The introduction of DataSat II demonstrates our ability to meet growing industry demand for VSAT services that host a variety of upstream applications," said John Prentice, Stratos Senior Vice President, Broadband Services. "We expect this new service will appeal to a large portion of our existing client base and also attract many new customers."