Aerosig - Balloon Connectivity
Extreme Remote Connectivity
For extremely remote locations often connectivity is deemed impossible. Balloon-based systems allow equipment to be floated up to 200 metres where connectivity is possible.
In conjunction with some of Australia's leading technology firms, R-Spectrum is currently developing a balloon-based solution for mobile broadband and cellular phone coverage.
These small-scale systems are designed to provide connectivity to extremely isolated sites, such as mining exploration camps, outback cattle properties, remote communities, non-government organisations, as well as in defence applications.
The balloon platform supports a payload suitable for small communications systems. Notably the two systems under development are a high speed 4G LTE-A Pro and local wireless relay ECM, and a custom developed Cel-Fi repeater ECM. Both systems include GPS tracking, solar power, and a trailer-based ground support subsystem.
More information will be released as the Aerosig system approaches commercialisation.
Modern 4G and 5G networks are not limited by distance. Voice and data services are available in excess of 200 kilometres from a cell tower. In practice however, range is generally limited to about 30 kilometres due to terrain, forest, earth curvature, and thermal fade. The Aerosig can simply be floated above these obstructions and beyond the thermal layer to provide uninterrupted connection.
To extend service availability further, additional ground-based systems can be aimed towards the Aerosig to provide localised mobile coverage hotspots.
Aerosig is also ideal for providing high speed internet services to otherwise unreachable locations. The electronics module is available outfitted with a 4G / 5G modem or point-to-multipoint receiver, and a WiFi air-to-ground link to achieve high data rate connectivity even in extremely remote areas.
The Aerosig system includes a trailer subsystem which provides the necessary regassing equipment and operates as a ground station for any required communications systems. GPS tracking and monitoring options are available. Systems can be built to emergency service specifications and defence / mil standards.