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Bandwidth optimization for mission-critical communication

Currently the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relies on satellite services for mission-critical communications in the event of a disaster to communicate and support citizens, first responders, and personnel. FEMA has come to depend on extreme telecom services like satellite because it often the only reliable means of communication in the cases of natural and domestic disasters. The use of satellite for FEMA communication purposes allow first responders to coordinate with command centers.

Alleviate symptoms of challenged satellite links

While satellite connections are great to have in extreme cases such as a natural disaster because the worse the disaster, the less likely telecom services and options will be available. In remote areas cell phone and Internet communications can be sparse. At the same time, satellite is the most expensive solution available. Satellite communication tends to suffer from high latencies due to the long distances traveled between receivers. Other challenges faced when using satellite links include jitter and packet loss. Acceleration Systems 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 emergency management teams to operate rescue and recovery efforts without the known problems of such a challenged type of link.

Virtual Private Networks

It is crucial that a government agency like FEMA have the ability to access their own secure and reliable virtual private network. Access to their own private network that connects on-site recovery efforts to those located in an office thousands of miles away.

Problem #1: Operating a VPN over satellite connection can be challenging due to satellite-induced latency along with Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The results can be disappointing.

Problem #2: TCP algorithms are not properly suited for latency produced by the satellite link and are not optimized by the VSAT.

Problem #3: Once data has been encrypted in a VPN, it can’t be accelerated. Optimization must be done first, then encryption.

Problem #4: Optimization first then encryption requires decryption/de-optimization (and the associated expense) at the final destination.

Solutions: Acceleration Systems’ bandwidth optimization solutions can provide the last-mile optimization needed to boost the performance of a satellite connection while maintaining encryption and VPN back to the command center – without requiring de-optimization at the command center. Ask us how!

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.