Deployable Communications solutions from LGS Innovations are designed to provide fast, reliable network connectivity for mobile workers, warfighters, public safety personnel, and emergency/first responders. When operations require the relay of mission-critical communications and the rapid deployment of personnel to remote or compromised locations, LGS Innovations’ deployable communications solutions allow for the quick establishment and repositioning of communications networks where existing telecommunications infrastructure or services are non-existent or no longer functional.
LGS Innovations and its heritage companies have served as partners to government and commercial customers for nearly 75 years. During the past 20 years, LGS has helped its customers evolve their networks to support deployable and tactical mobile wireless infrastructures. LGS Innovations’ insight, technical expertise, and proven experience serve unique customer needs around the world, helping to leverage mobile broadband technology to increase mission success.
Base Station Routers
As a leader in base station router (BSR) technology, LGS Innovations provides its customers with cellular networking functionality in a modular fashion. BSRs are small, software-defined, fully integrated wireless network elements with interfaces that interconnect to IP networks for networking with other elements in a solution. LGS builds customized solutions for our customers based on BSR technology to meet the most stringent mission needs.
Alternative Power Solutions
Powering remote communications requires the use of field deployed generators and battery subsystems, but maintaining a fuel supply to these generator systems becomes a very costly expenditure. To facilitate efficient and effective power for deployable communications, LGS Innovations offers a complete analysis of site-specific meteorological data, as well as analysis of existing power design. LGS can develop more efficiently engineered solutions using hybrid techniques to meet site-specific requirements and reduce generator fuel usage by as much as 95%.
LGS Innovations Alternative Power Solutions have been deployed in a variety of remote regions – both on and off a power grid – and consist of hybrid power generation elements such as solar panels, smart batteries, and wind turbines to replace or complement existing power sources. Costs resulting from over-engineering or maintenance charges associated with defective or inadequate power platforms are reduced or eliminated.
LGS Innovations delivers breakthrough plastics innovation to protect and ruggedize communications networks for the military and first responder communities.
Satellite parabolic dish antennas mounted on command vehicles are typically covered with thin molded or thermoformed dust covers that provide little impact protection and are easily damaged. To address these shortcomings, LGS Innovations develops its ballistic radomes using thermoplastic composite material with radio frequency (RF) transparency that increases both the functionality and the ruggedness of the radome. This capability opens up a variety of applications in the radar and communications areas, where the plastic polymer can provide impact and ballistic protection to a radar or communications transceiver with negligible impact on the network’s performance.
Ballistic radomes from LGS Innovations are also suitable for a number of different communications applications, and have been designed to meet the need for mobile communications networks to be able to move voice, video, and data across long distances for ruggedized and reliable mobile communications. Even in extreme heat or cold, LGS Innovations ballistic radomes have excellent impact strength. The weatherable thermoplastic composite armor works well in harsh battlefield environments, and its hydrophobic coatings ensure that water won’t interfere with the communications. The affordable, low-weight material can also be formed into net shapes that do not require a supporting superstructure, allowing for the design of ballistic radomes that cover and protect a variety of antenna systems, including parabolic, beam, patch, and phased array antennas.
LGS Innovations ballistic radomes protect mobile communications with a state-of-the-art thermoplastic composite:
4G LTE Systems for Law Enforcement and First Responders
In addition to fixed wireless systems, LGS Innovations has integrated deployable backhaul solutions that can support 4G LTE systems and can be moved quickly to support first responders at sites needing critical communications during emergencies.
The support of 4G LTE systems has been a recent focus under the FirstNet initiative. As the first responder network with nationally allocated spectrum, FirstNet provides communications services for first responders, public safety personnel, law enforcement, and Department of Defense incident management teams working in conjunction with state and local officials. In addition to fixed wireless systems, LGS Innovations has integrated deployable backhaul solutions that can support FirstNet 4G LTE systems and can be moved quickly to support first responders at sites needing critical communications during emergencies.
Proven Performance: LTE Pilot Program in Hilo, Hawaii
First responders need immediate access to critical communications, even when the geographical terrain is not conducive to traditional network deployment.
In 2011, LGS Innovations developed a pilot LTE network in Hilo, Hawaii, where volcanoes, high-density vegetation, and a mixture of urban and rural settings presented unique challenges. Over the course of 120 days, LGS Innovations designed, built, and operated a Band 14 network for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Hilo and the surrounding area of about eight square miles. The architecture included a centralized evolved packet core (EPC), two antenna eNode-Bs installed on 100-foot towers, and the island’s existing fiber network. Because of the unique geographical elements of the Hilo project, sample network configurations could not offer the planning help utilized in traditional deployments. Because of this, the pilot network was developed using on-site testing as the LGS team responded to the complexities on the terrain. Deployable communication technology was also heavily utilized throughout the project, as clearings in the vegetation allowed the team to develop a backhaul solution using deployable infrastructure, in an environment where a fixed tower simply would not have worked.
The Hilo LTE pilot program provided insight for both Hawaiian and FirstNet officials regarding an understanding of LTE, deployable communications, and what the technology could do to enhance service for the state’s first responder network.