Viasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced the availability of secure cloud-enabled artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications over Viasat’s global satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture and line of sight (LOS) tactical network technologies for warfighters on the move. By offering a secure, integrated network of cloud-enabled solutions, Viasat can reduce warfighters’ cognitive loads in order to make more accurate, informed, lifesaving decisions with accelerated speed across the battlespace.
At this week’s Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C., Viasat completed a successful connectivity demonstration focused on bringing access to advanced cloud capabilities to the tactical edge. The demo, which was attended by a number of representatives from the U.S. Army, showed how Viasat’s SATCOM architecture and LOS tactical network can provide a holistic communications solution by integrating Link 16, Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking, Wi-Fi and LTE technologies to significantly enhance situational awareness at the tactical edge and fulfill emerging U.S. government concepts of operation. Throughout the demonstration, Viasat’s SATCOM network and LOS technologies provided a secure, high-speed, resilient backbone connection to link connected devices to media-rich AI and machine learning-based applications offered by a number of today’s cloud technology providers.
“Viasat is partnering with global cloud computing leaders to bring advanced AI and machine learning-based operational capabilities to the warfighter—from predictive analytics and media rich intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data to prescriptive outputs,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. “Through Viasat’s modernized end-to-end communications network, we will empower warfighters with advanced data-driven insights and operational capabilities that will allow them to make the most informed decisions possible—even in the fog of war. Today’s demonstration shows the power of our SATCOM network and LOS innovations to deliver the next-generation internet of battlefield things (IoBT) to significantly improve military readiness and mission effectiveness.”
Viasat will provide ubiquitous and secure SATCOM required to access cloud-enabled military applications via its Hybrid Adaptive Network (HAN) concept. The HAN provides access to Viasat’s end-to-end SATCOM innovations such as active cyber defense, layered resiliency and elite satellite capacity to support a range of operations requiring IoBT and cloud-based applications. The HAN allows users to seamlessly operate across different networks (both government and private sector), creating an end-to-end layered, resilient network that is unique to Viasat and not offered by any other provider today.