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Al Jazeera TV Interference: And the Winner Is� Static

October 07, 2010


Al Jazeera Sports Channel relied on the technical knowhow of Integral Systems to identify and locate a significant satellite interference event that disrupted broadcasts of FIFA World Cup football matches this summer.

Al Jazeera needed the most comprehensive satellite interference detection and geolocation because of the potential loss of customers and complexity of the interference event. The television channel was able to quickly detect and characterize the interference, and identify the interferer's location with an extremely high level of accuracy with the help of Integral Systems' (News - Alert) satID Expert with Monics.

“Integral Systems' best-of-breed interference detection and geolocation systems and technical expertise makes us the only company able to resolve complex interference issues like the one Al Jazeera faced earlier this year," said Bruno Dupas, president of Integral Systems Europe, in a press release. "As the world relies more and more on satellite communications, interference will increasingly plague the satellite broadcast industry. Our decades of experience and world-class technology provide the greatest level of protection.”

Geolocation is a technique for determining the origin of signals on communications satellites. It mitigates against accidental interference on military satellites (usually caused by either human error or equipment failure), and is increasingly being incorporated into commercial satellite operations to locate sources of deliberate jamming.

To provide the satellite industry with the most comprehensive, robust and scalable offering available today, satID Expert with Monics, an integrated, all-in-one interference monitoring, detection and geolocation system, brings together best-in-class carrier monitoring, detection and geolocation products, claims Integral Systems. The integrated system enables scalable solutions from a single-site system to a global network of monitoring and geolocation units.

Recently, the company claimed that Lockheed Martin (News - Alert) Commercial Space Systems “LMCSS” has chosen them to be provider of primary and backup satellite control systems for the VINASAT-2 satellite. The satellite is currently being built by LMCSS for the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), and is scheduled for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012, the company stated in a press release.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard