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Department of Homeland Security

Bandwidth optimization for the Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shoulders a great responsibility to ensure the country is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism, while supporting global operations for defense agencies. Effective command and control are essential to succeed in securing and managing our borders and responding to disasters. The varying topography and geographic ranges require that the DHS communicate over all types of telecom. Depending on the situation and location, DHS communications may have to rely on extremely challenged types of links. The DHS must be prepared to communicate over damaged telecom links or satellite, which is not impacted by last mile conditions, but which is itself an extreme connection. In the end, no matter the connection type, defense and intelligence agencies need secure and effective networks that are stable over extensive geographic areas to provide urgent services critical to their missions.


DHS agencies require a network framework that can handle and manage the all aspects of C4ISR in order to provide all available information to government officials and agencies. C4ISR is concept of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, all necessary functions required to provide correct information at the precise time to execute the optimum resolutions. In order to support the conception of C4ISR, DHS and supporting agencies must have access to a network link that is capable of assembling data, video, and voice reliably and quickly.

Alleviate symptoms of challenged satellite links

In the extreme situations, satellite connections can fulfill the needs of the DHS when it is the only viable option for communication. In isolated and outlying areas Internet communication and cell phone communication can be hard to come by, if at all. The use of satellite links is the most reliable solution in an instance like this, but is also the most expensive solution available. Due to the long distances traveled between receivers, satellite communications tend to suffer from high latencies. Jitter and packet loss are also well-known adverse effects of challenged satellite links. Acceleration Systems’ revolutionary new bandwidth optimization technology mitigates satellite’s speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss issues resulting in faster, more responsive connections while reducing the amount of traffic traversing the space segment. Optimizing satellite bandwidth will allow the DHS and associated agencies to operate global operations without the hassles of problematic links.

Virtual Private Networks

DHS must have the ability to access their secure and reliable virtual private network. Access to government owned private networks that connect DHS services and recovery efforts back to headquarters is critical to all their missions in this country and around the world.

Previous to Acceleration Systems’ game changing bandwidth optimization technology, there were numerous problems with VPNs over satellite links. Typically accessing a VPN over a satellite is challenging due to Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and latency issues leaving users of extreme connections with less than desirable results. TCP algorithms are not properly suited for latency produced by the satellite link and are not optimized by the VSAT. Another issue with VPNs over satellite is that once data has been encrypted, it can’t be accelerated. Optimization over the link must be done first followed then by encryption. Additionally, optimization followed by encryption requires decryption/de-optimization (and the associated expense) at the final destination.

Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization solutions provides optimization on satellite links for the last-mile that boosts performance of the connection, while  maintaining encryption and VPN back to the DHS headquarters and agency offices – without requiring de-optimization at either end. Contact us to find out more.

Avoiding Costly Upgrades

Previously, buying more bandwidth or upgrading services, hardware, software, and infrastructure accompanied by high price tags were the only options available to help resolve the growing problem with bandwidth shortages, overwhelmed networks, and acceleration issues. Government agencies like DHS can now save millions of dollars by incorporating Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization solutions that resolve many network related issues.

Easy Deployment

IT staff personnel can be limited in size and time delaying the benefits of bandwidth optimization. We feel that it is important to have easy to use technology that does not require any special knowledge or months of training to implement. Anyone can easily deploy our money saving optimization technology up in a matter of minutes.

Compatible with all connection types

Our bandwidth optimization solution is compatible with all technologies.

Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization makes any Internet connection perform better. To learn more about how you can optimize your service or to arrange a free trial, contact an acceleration specialist at 216.468.5200.