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Mobile Satellite Broadband for Events

Events come in all shapes and sizes from little cosy gatherings to gigantic extravaganzas. They also take place in allsorts of locations from city centres to remote mountaintops. Often they will be arranged in ad hoc places which do not have any existing telephone or internet access infrastructure.

Unfortunately this can present a problem for today’s event organisers with the modern day requirement for connectivity everywhere. Go to any country festival nowadays and you will be dazzled with a wide array of items for sale from clothing to foodstuffs to souvenirs. Event organisers have so many ways these days to engage with audiences far beyond the immediate vicinity of the event and this can often be the key element that define their success.

So whether its up to the minute twitter feeds, broadcast access to seminars or demonstrations, live web radio streams, guest wireless internet access or credit card transaction processing, the many and varied ways which telecommunications access to the rest of the world can enhance an event offer opportunities galore for event organisers and attendees alike.


At Apogee Internet, we have it all covered wherever your event may be. On a boat in the middle of the Irish Sea or at the top of Ben Nevis we can provide your event with high speed Internet access at the core of our offering provisioned across the Astra fleet of spacecraft. This service can be provisioned to cover any location in Europe, the Middle East  or Africa. We can provide the service with Engineers to set up and manage the equipment or, if preferred, as an equipment only service for your own technicians to take care of. Our comprehensive and easy to follow instructions make the set up achievable by anybody with extremely rudimentary knowledge of networks and we can provide remote support too if required.

Once the connection is established, the additional services can be applied so whether its point of sale machines or simply providing wireless network access to be made available to the area, we have the equipment available for hire to facilitate any eventuality. We would be so bold as to say that if you can imagine it, we can very probably make it happen. If you have an event coming up and you would like to enhance the facilities and engage with an audience from afar, give us a call today.


If you are in the UK, you can call us free on 0800 012 1090. If you are elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, call us on +44 1560 321349.

Inmarsat Fleet Global – The Maritime Communications Solution

Fleet Broadband is the smallest, most simple high speed Internet & telephone receiver for maritime communication. It can be set up by an individual with little or no training and operates globally, also requiring no particular training to keep it functioning. A fleet broadband antenna and controller are self contained, requiring only power. Switch it on, and your entire fleet is linked at broadband speed. This appliance can be rapidly implemented across your fleet and as a standard IP service, seamlessly integrated with corporate and headquarter networks. The service is such that anybody who operates a vessel of almost any size can easily see the benefit of the technology which reaches far beyond its cost. Contact us today to discuss the benefits Fleet Broadband can bring to your company. Read on for a flavour of these benefits:


Flexibility and control: Fleet Broadband supports the newest IP services, as well as traditional circuit-switched voice and data for your Current applications. You can choose between a standard, contended IP service and guaranteed data rates on demand – with the ability to choose the rate according to your application. 3 varieties of terminals are available, each present distinct performance capabilities.

Cost effective: With Fleet Broadband, performance and flexibility is not too pricey. Terminal costs are fairly low, with a selection of airtime pricing packages to best suit your needs. There is also no obligation to commit to a lengthy contract. Global voice and broadband data services are more accessible than ever before, enabling you to achieve better operational efficiencies and reduce the expenses of crew communications.

Worldwide coverage: Fleet Broadband ensures you’re never out of touch, wherever you sail. Voice, fax, and data connectivity in the Indian and Atlantic Ocean Regions is available immediately. Inmarsat delivers global coverage – excluding the extreme polar regions.

Easy to install and integrate: Finding a space on your vessel for your new FleetBroadband terminal shouldn’t be a problem. With the antenna set inside a neat radome cover, which ranges in diameter from 25 to 60cm, and a discrete below-decks terminal, Fleet Broadband is compact without compromising performance. As a standard IP service it can be seamlessly integrated with your shorebased systems, making your vessel a transparent link within your company network.

Inmarsat is one of the best providers of global satellite solutions in the world and Fleet Broadband is just one of those solutions. The Inmarsat solution provides global satellite communication, with multiple satellites covering the whole planet. Contact us today to discuss this or indeed any of the Inmarsat solutions which we will be blogging about in the coming weeks.

Cisco Blog – Healthcare – BYOD! What do you bring to the party?

Historically Healthcare has the reputation of being behind the technology curve, however the next-generation worker is now driving the demand for the Bring Your Own Device business model.
“What? That’s crazy talk! How do I maintain a controlled secure environment?” Exclaims the IT Manager.

This new age of social intelligence and the evolution of social networks and mobility bring the expectation of free choice among the work force. Workers are putting the pressure on organizations for interoperability between the enterprise network and the devices of their choosing. Today the average person on the planet has 1.8 devices on today’s networks connecting over 13 billion devices in total. By the year 2015 that number is expected to rise to 25 billion equating to 3.47 devices per person.

Adoption and use of mobile devices by Doctors will continue to grow, according to a survey taken in May 2011 by QuantiaMD from 3,798 physician community members. We will continue to see more of what they refer to as “Super Mobile” Physicians who use Smartphones and tablets as mHealth platforms for patient care.

Mobile Health is a rapidly growing phenomenon. According to a recent article on titled How smartphones are changing the face of mobile and participatory healthcare, “Patients too are accessing health information, actively participating in their own care (participatory healthcare), and maintaining contact with their healthcare providers through Smartphones.” So what does this mean for the business hosting the party of devices?

IT managers have a whole new set of challenges in order to provide an open yet secure infrastructure which a traditional data center solution was not originally designed for. This deficiency in the market prompted Cisco to build theirs from the ground up reinventing Data Center with the demands of the Next Generation workflow in mind.

The BYOD model will inevitably demand new support and operational structuring requiring businesses to plan and budget accordingly. What’s clear is that the BYOD challenge is not going away.

According to Gartner the 2015 worker will be one of “Extreme Individualization”. Baby boomers will begin to retire as highly-interactive young adults enter the workforce. Gartner also reports in a maverick analysis that ”workers will spend more than 80 percent of their time working collaboratively, and not necessarily face-to-face”.

This wide utilization of innovative collaboration technologies for both personal and business use will only continue to put the pressure on businesses to enable the BYOD demand. Looking at the rate of adoption in the industry, Healthcare is no exception to the age of social intelligence.

Scottish SME’s increasingly adopting the latest technology.

Nowadays, cloud computing, unified comms and virtualisation are the technologies most in demand but it would seem that the public sector will not be the sector who are most interested in them.

According to a recent Pearlfinders Index, which monitors trends and opinions in the IT world,virtualisation remained the most popular area for investment, and more customers were looking to move to the cloud.

But in terms of buyers of IT support the industry/manufacturing sector was followed by retail and financial services with public sector lagging well behind.

To meet the customer requirement the skills that these new adopters are looking for include an in-depth knowledge of software, hardware but also managed services and outsourcing capabilities.

When quizzed about what they hope IT to deliver the users had some specific aims with supporting growth and improving efficiency at the top of the wish list.


The attitude towards virtualisation has changed with it no longer being seen as just a route to saving money but more as an option to introduce greater flexibility.

In just the latest few months of the year the reasons for deploying virtualisation changed with cost cutting dropping down the list of priorities.

In a recent interview, one of our customers said, “The drivers behind virtualisation work have changed massively. Cost cutting is certainly not our main reason. We are more interested in looking at virtualisation as a way to improve the flexibility of our operations and enhance storage/DR infrastructure as part of a previously planned hardware refresh. Also high priority for us are reasons of sustainability.”

Another extremely intersting development is that for the first time the data back from Pearlfinders shows a stronger demand for desktop rather than server virtualisation.

One of the benefits to this technology which is no longer being seen as the new kid on the block is that smaller firms are more willing to embrace what they now percieve as a tried and tested product. The influence of Microsoft’s Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix in driving demand is also being seen across the sector.

If we look at Unified Comms the results were surprising with the public sector remaining a strong buyer for the time being.

Unified comms

A forward thinking IT manager at one of our customers said, “The growing penetration of hosted or cloud-based VoIP and UC platforms is driving uptake among SMEs and I am starting to win the battle when it comes to convincing the business that a hosted UC solution can be both cost-effective and high quality.”

The adoption of hosted VOIP is particularly interesting with a fairly significant spike in interest in Q2 2011. Reduced telephone call and line rental costs, including free
calls between all users within an implementation, the high level of business telephony functionality for all users with absolutely no maintenance and support charges, the minimal CAPEX outlays whilst moving towards a future-proof technology in which the investment is protected with free upgrades, the seamless integration of multiple locations with improved productivity and work-life balance through flexible working and finally built in business continuity with disaster recovery solutions out of the box, all conspire to present a compelling business case.

Another of the technological developments that should start coming through is the extension of video conferencing and messaging opportunities to tablets with the iPad, Samsung Galaxy and now Dell Streak all being more widely adopted by business users. The upside is that many of these services are very quickly integrated to support each others features so expect to see tight integration between the hosted VOIP proposals and the these new messaging opportunities.

The Ubiquitous Cloud

Finally, the area of high interest in the current market which will come as little surprise is cloud. Cloud is still being hyped by numerous vendors and even some of their partners including ourselves. The technology is certainly being used and deployed more widely but a debate about the preference for private rather than public clouds exists. One could argue that there is a high degree of crossover between all three of these fields of technology and where they intersect most greatly is what we call the cloud.

Some users are perhaps a bit cynical about the cloud viewing it as another name for a virtualised data centre but overall the trend towards some sort of hosted solution seems to be gathering pace. The sector which seems to have embraced the cloud most fully is the financial services sector when some large banks made the move to the hosted environment in Q4 of 2010. For the rest of the potential user base however there are still concerns that will have to be overcome. Within enterprise organisations, concerns over the security and uptime of public cloud-based solutions remain, as does nervousness over running mission-critical applications in these environments.

Another issue is the ongoing debate surrounding the use of the word ‘cloud’. It has too many definitions and we have actually found that many of our customers are reacting negatively to the word when it’s used.

The rise of the SME sector as a user of virtualisation, cloud and UC is yet another milestone in the mainstream adoption of these technologies and we at Rustyice Solutions are sure that this trend will only increase.