Vehicular Network System (VNS) is a new category of satellite communications (“SATCOM”)-enabled solutions being developed by FirstNet and Inmarsat Government for public safety customers to combine the best of LTE and satellite for true “go anywhere” vehicle connectivity.
VNS combines an off-the-shelf In-Vehicle Router (IVR) system with multiple communication input capability and the ability to intelligently select between the connectivity paths. One input slot is used for cellular LTE and serves as the primary connection. A second SATCOM connection is connected to another input slot and utilized – based on rules set by the user – as directed or needed whenever LTE coverage is unavailable.
VNS provides customers with maximum flexibility by providing options to purchase individual components or the entire VNS system that can be integrated with existing IVR installations.
VNS systems are designed to provide cellular or satellite connectivity to enable in-vehicle communications and/or extending a Wi-Fi “bubble” of connectivity to a small number of users outside the vehicle. VNS systems are not the same as a “deployable” portable cell tower which can provide LTE service to a large number of users via a high-speed satellite backhaul connection. For more information on deployable LTE systems, please visit FirstNet.com.
Typical elements include:
VNS can be used to support multiple use cases; each use case requires different equipment and the VNS should be designed and configured to support the specific use case needed. Please contact us for a detailed consultation on your desired use case and the VNS configurations capable of best meeting your needs. Common VNS use cases include: