VSAT is an acronym for very small aperture terminal. It can be constructed as a two-way ground station for satellite communication or as a stable antenna for use on ships.
VSAT systems communicate with geostationary satellites, which are the satellites that move in an orbit that is synchronous with the earth’s movement so that each satellite appears stationary in the space above. This provides a link with a stationary or mobile dish which may be used on ships to provide a host of other services and solutions. On a ship, this provides users with phone communications, a wireless network, VoIP phone technology, broadband Internet access, email, and other applications. Maritime users also have direct access to voice and video communications, as well as detailed updated information about weather conditions.
Used in conjunction with emergency situations, VSAT systems can provide very fast communication technologies. Users are enabled to organize and communicate via voice (connected through VoIP solutions) and video through high-speed broadband capacities in order to efficiently implement resources where they are most needed. When landlines are down and cell towers are disabled due to extreme conditions, VSAT systems are essential commodities used by rescue organizations.
NGOs and humanitarian aid workers also use VSAT systems in sometimes remote and politically volatile or dangerous locations in order to effectively communicate present needs and concerns. Other industries such as banking institutions, manufacturers, military units, and government agencies prefer VSAT systems over systems that rely upon other companies and agency hubs, such as typical broadband Internet providers. VSAT systems may also provide higher broadband for individuals or for users who are in remote locations.
VSAT systems are widely acknowledged as being cost-effective, versatile solutions for businesses and organizations across a wide spectrum. They provide fast transmissions of information, are able to send and receive a large amount of information in a quick and efficient manner, and are relatively inexpensive. Systems can be tailored to meet individual needs so that users are not charged for services that they do not use. Easy to expand as needs arise, VSAT systems are extremely versatile and can accommodate new users and implement new services or solutions as needs surface for integrated technologies to meet new demands.
Various devices may be used in conjunction with VSAT systems in order to provide a plethora of user broadband needs, ranging from communication needs to the application of closed circuit television, collaboration, video on demand, and other specific uses that can be specified and modified for organizational needs.