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Optistreams  IC-VSAT "Instant Communications" VOIP/Cisco Kit

The IC/VSAT kit offers a completely integrated bundle of Cisco gear for delivering and managing multiple local wired, wireless data, and voice communications platforms. Combined with OptiStreams auto-acquisition antenna and Aetheron VSAT services, it provides the ability to deploy a mobile communications command post virtually anywhere in the United States. IC/VSAT is ideal for state and local governments, public safety agencies, and enterprises.

Cisco VOIP over VSAT
Only Cisco® Integrated & Certified VSAT Solution

The process of deploying a satellite enabled non-stop networking solution became much easier for corporate IT departments with the advent of the “VSAT Network Module” from network equipment manufacturing giant Cisco. The Cisco VSAT Module with OptiStreams services provides a unique solution for mission-critical disaster recovery/backup networking and other on demand applications, integrated directly with a customer’s existing Cisco router equipment. Leveraging the industry’s most advanced satellite technology, it delivers available-anywhere broadband capabilities that can be used for failover connectivity, digital content delivery, IP telephony, Internet/VPN access and more. Competitive solutions utilize multiple devices, increasing the complexity of the system and adding components that may fail. OptiStreams solution reduces complexity and eliminates the problem of multiple points of failure by using the Cisco router creating a tremendous leap in the ease of managing satellite and terrestrial links in a hybrid network

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OptiStreams Mobile Operations Emergency Satellite System

OptiStreams M.O.S.E.S integrates high-performance satellite services in a valuable solution to support the mission-critical requirements for disaster recovery and first responder organizations. MOSES represents a transportable ‘Network Node’ and provides converged data, voice, and video communications that can be deployed in 15 minutes or less. It is built to military specifications, airliftable, and meets UASI requirements. M.O.S.E.S is a multiple contract vehicles for all Military, Federal, State agencies.

Additional information about M.O.S.E.S (for registered members only)

Coverage Maps
Optistreams North American Coverage

Optistreams provides complete 100% North American coverage including the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada. Optistreams operates its own end-to-end services infrastructure including network management, field services and customer support.

Coverage Map: Galaxy 23-Echo 9

Optistreams International Coverage

Optistreams International Services provides a range of voice, video and data satellite communications services to select countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Data is sent via satellite from the country of origin over a secure network directly to a teleport in Washington D.C. Custom and pre-packaged solutions are available with in-field equipment and in-country installation and maintenance services. Optistreams manages all aspects of the network through its 24 X 7 Network Operations Centers in Atlanta, Georgia, McLean, Virginia, Colorado Springs , Colorado, and Clovis, California.

Custom & Private Satellite Networks

In addition to our family of pre-packaged Aetheron™ networking services, Optistreams offers larger customers, or those with particularly unique or sensitive application environments, an array of customized networking options, including Private Satellite Networks, Virtual Private Satellite Networks and Hybrid Satellite & Common Carrier Networks.


Tailored to the unique application environment of the client, Optistreams Private and Virtual Private Satellite Networks offer a fully customized service including dedicated bandwidth and in some cases dedicated teleport equipment. Generally suited to enterprises with a large number of geographically dispersed remote locations, Private Satellite Networks provide the ultimate in wide area networking security and customization.


Hybrid Satellite & Common Carrier Networks

Optistreams Hybrid Networks are custom solutions that leverage the strengths of various last mile links into a unified architecture to deliver optimal price/performance and network availability. Utilizing the Cisco® VSAT Network Module . Optistreams hybrid solutions integrate DSL, Cable, Private Line, fixed wireless and VSAT technologies into a single contiguous network.

Space Segment

Optistreams provisions bandwidth on virtually any VSAT platform from KU to C-Band to KA spectrum.  Optistreams is your source for Satellite Internet and /data services across multiple VSAT hardware profiles.

VSAT modems supported:

  • Optistreams Aetheron / iDirect 3100, 5100, 7100 series
  • SkyEdge/Gilat
  • Starband
  • Wildblue (KA)
  • ND-Satcom
  • Viasat
  • Vipersat
  • EMS/Avantech (DVB-RCS)
Enterprise WildBlue Coverage

Enterprise WildBlue uses Spot beam technology --state of the art, KA spectrum. The beams are more closely concentrated as opposed to other satellites that broadcast one large beam over a continent.

Security and Data Encryption

For years, OptiStreams has been a leader in providing its customers with data security over VSAT networks to keep mission-critical data safe in transit. OptiStreams offers U.S. government-grade security for VSAT network users using the advanced Rijndael/AES encryption algorithm for maximum protection from data interception over its SkyEdge Network.

Because of their asymmetric nature, OptiStreams VSATs utilize different technologies for upstream (low-power, VSAT-to-hub) and downstream (high-power, hub-to-VSAT) transmissions. OptiStreams’  upstream communications utilize a patented, proprietary Gilat technology called Frequency/Time Division Multiple Access (FTDMA), which offers capacity management advantages as well as strong built-in security. Downstream transmissions use the industry standard Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) carrier, which offers advantages such as the use of standardized equipment that results in less expensive VSAT equipment for customers. However, the standard DVB-S carrier does not include encryption to scramble the downstream transmissions so they would be unreadable by any outside party that might receive them.

The system to encrypt its DVB-S downstream transmissions uses the Rijndael (pronounced “Rhine-dahl” or “Rain-dahl”) fast symmetric encryption algorithm to provide very high-grade security. Rijndael is a new-generation symmetric block cipher with variable block and key lengths (128, 192 or 256 bits; 128 bits is most common). The algorithm is a substitution linear transformation cipher, using triple discreet invertible uniform transformations (layers).

Rijndael was selected as the AES over other new-generation encryption algorithms because of its flexibility, ease of implementation, and modular design, which should make modification to counter any attack developed in the future much simpler than with past algorithm designs. This new standard will replace the older DES encryption (adopted in 1977) as a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) used by all federal agencies to protect sensitive, unclassified information for the next several decades.

Our centralized Network Management System (NMS) is used to configure use of encryption for individual VSATs and on a network-wide basis. The DVB-S encryption implementation is also able to balance performance (throughput) while adhering to particular security policies. The encryption is configurable, allowing the selection of encryption optimized for maximum security (Rijndael) or a reduced run-time version optimized for throughput. This choice may also be applied selectively, based on selected TCP sockets.

Upon initial end-to-end connection across the network, the VSATs initiate an encryption key exchange using the public key algorithm with the hub. After successfully exchanging keys, the Hub Protocol Server (HPS) will compress and encrypt downstream user data based on all data or on selected TCP sockets. The NMS allows selection of sockets for each VSAT in the network based on IP address, subnet mask, and TCP port range. A 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman public key algorithm is used to exchange symmetric keys between each VSAT and the hub. Keys are never stored physically on a hard disk or fetched from remote servers.

Cisco Integrated FIPS 140-2 Certified Encryption Solution

Cisco/OptiStreams FIPS 140-2 certified encryption solution provides new satellite communications options to government customers, including services for CONUS-based Department of Defense agencies and backhaul services between EMEA and the U.S., utilizing their existing Cisco infrastructure.

OptiStreams offers the industry’s only Cisco certified and integrated satellite networking solution, the Cisco VSAT network module, enabling seamless integration into select models of Cisco’s ISR and access routers. This platform enables easy deployment of fixed VSAT networks in mission-critical applications; transportable solutions for rapid deployment and disaster recovery; and continuity of operations planning (COOP) connectivity. In addition, OptiStreams offers comprehensive network management services including 24x7 customer support, network design and implementation, and program management. OptiStreams services are available in North America and select countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Africa.

Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, a standard published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), defines the security requirements that must be satisfied by a cryptographic module used in a security system protecting unclassified information within IT systems. OptiStreams’s integrated VSAT Cisco solution not only supports FIPS 140-2 but also supports acceleration of the encrypted traffic without the need to install additional devices at the remote location. The solution utilizes the OptiStreams and Cisco co-developed Integrated Acceleration and Encryption (ITAE) technology to provide end-to-end accelerated FIPS 140-2 certified encryption over satellite. The Cisco/OptiStreams FIPS certified solution supports mission-critical disaster recovery, backup networks and other on-demand applications that are integrated directly into an organization’s  existing infrastructure.

The combination of OptiStreams’s fully managed service, guaranteed SLA’s and Cisco’s integrated FIPS 140-2 certified module delivers a whole new level of flexibility to government agencies as well as the ability to utilize their existing Cisco platform and investment. This ability to leverage existing infrastructure should also significantly reduce the amount of training required by agencies to deploy the service or to maintain it.

8 Questions

If your service provider cannot answer these questions, get a new provider!

Emergency operations, first responders, federal & state agencies along with energy, oil and gas companies rely on the power of their networks for mission-critical communications and advanced data services. The security, reliability and network performance you need will depend on the service provider you choose.

While many providers claim to deliver "managed services," answers to the following eight questions will help you evaluate just how well they will manage your services.

1) Does the service provider track and monitor the entire network from end-to-end, and 24x7?

If not, how will they locate and resolve problems when they occur? Or resolve small, hidden problems before they become large, critical ones? SLAs (service level agreements) should cover the activity of all the routers, switches, paths and Points of Presence across multiple vendors and platforms.

2) Can the provider secure its own network traffic and manage priority traffic across other networks?

 If not, they may not be adequately be able to support your voice, data, video and other mission-critical applications.

3) What are the performance thresholds for network latency and availability?

If these don’t match your optimal performance requirements, your service may be inconsistent and unpredictable, resulting in frustration and lower productivity.

4) How is network performance measured and how will you know if it is meeting expectations?

Every second of uptime counts. It’s best if a provider gives you the ability to access actual network performance data on the web whenever you want.

5) Are there procedures for trouble escalation, load rebalancing, network security assessments, and regular data backups?

If not, what best practices are in place?

6) Can its data center support your requirements for physical and network security, capacity, availability, operations, and backbone connectivity?

This is most important in a hurricane or any other disaster that could severely affects your business.

7) How quickly will the provider respond as your needs grow or change?

Managed network services should give you flexibility. You need to be able to add new or expanded services wherever, whenever.

8) What are the terms if the network goes down or the level of agreed-upon service is not maintained?

SLAs typically enforce a business payment in the form of a credit if the service provider fails to deliver on the level of service you agreed to when you signed your contract.

For communications and network services, we have the answers

By selecting OptiStreams, you can rely on a commitment to the highest level of network performance. OptiStreams delivers the performance, operational excellence, and 24x7 service and support you need, and expect.

For the right answers to the hard questions, give us call: OptiStreams office, 559-440-6367  or email at energy@optistreams.com

Looking for an easy way to gather, transfer, analyze and organize data efficiently from your remote locations to your central office?

OptiStreams offers affordable connectivity and bandwidth plans for oil and gas, energy, transportation, or other industries which rely on SCADA solutions.

SCADA - Telemetry Satellite Data Modems

Optistreams works with a variety of satellite communications providers and manufacturers in order to offer our customers a broad base of options to fit each unique requirement.  When it comes to satellite communications for SCADA or telemetry applications, there is no single solution that can accomodate all requirements.   Your location, data volumes, power source, RTU/PLC type, connection type (RS2323, IP) and environmental operating conditions will dictate which products are applicable for your needs.  Optistreams will help you understand your options and determine the best fit for your requirements.

SCADA is an acronym for supervisory control and data acquisition, which is a computer system for gathering and analyzing real time data. SCADA systems using satellite are often implemented to monitor and manage equipment and data in industries such as oil and gas refining, energy, or seismology, to name a few. A SCADA system gathers the information, such as where a leak is on a pipeline, transfers the information to a central site and alerts the home station of the problem. It also organizes the data so that the information is displayed in a logical manner.

Often times, the need for SCADA solutions are in remote areas with little or no connectivity options, making satellite an ideal (and often times only) solution for the application. Also, because SCADA solutions typically send and receive small amounts of data, the bandwidth link does not need to be very large. OptiStreams' solution for SCADA applications typically include:

  • Affordable hardware
  • From 64 X 64 bandwidth links Up to SCPC
  • Optional IP Address
  • Installation Services
  • Connection support

OptiStreams' satellite technology can give your enterprise a cost-effective, reliable solution for your data monitoring needs.

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