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Protecting Australian borders with Communications on The Move (CoTM)

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Australia’s maritime borders are huge, covering an area of almost 15 million square kilometres. It is critical that the ships of Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service who patrol the Economic Exclusion Zone can communicate with Canberra and other agencies regularly. The challenge comes in supplying a corporate data connection to an office afloat in the Indian Ocean, Great Southern Ocean or anywhere around Australia.


The concept is called Communications on The Move (CoTM). Through these solutions, a moving object can be connected at high speed to a corporate network based anywhere in the world. This provides 2-way communication between air, land or sea vessel and head office, providing real-time, time critical communications.

By working closely with a customer, the best combination of satellite and antenna can be determined to deliver the most effective network connection. For example a ship will need an antenna that can fit on board without affecting the sea worthiness of the vessel. An aircraft requires an antenna that does not interfere with any of the other onboard systems.

The future ships of Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Services are due to be in construction in 2012. NewSat is working with partners to help deliver a high speed data capability that will help the men and women on board these ships to do their job more effectively and efficiently.