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Satellite Communications VeriSat to demonstrate its satellite interference reduction solution at Singapore conference By Steve Bittenbender Editor, Government Security News Norwegian-based VeriSat has announced that its innovative solution to reduce interference from VSAT terminals will be on display at one of Asia’s largest communications conferences. VeriSat’s SatGuard picks out the VSAT terminals that cause interference, detecting the unique identifier from the offending terminal. That enables the satellite network operator to take the required steps to resolve the issue. It works on both adjacent and cross-polar interference. SatGuard’s launch last year was considered revolutionary in the satellite communications industry, helping the company win the Technology Company of the Year earlier this year at the Via Satellite Excellence Awards. Companies like VeriSat “set a benchmark for what can be accomplished in this market,” commented Mark Holmes, Editorial Director, The Aerospace Group. “We are delighted to add VeriSat to our list of winners for Technology Company of the Year. We believe the development of SatGuard is hugely beneficial to the industry given satellite SatGuard by VeriSat interference has been an ongoing problem. This Award is really welldeserved.” Attendees at CommunicAsia will get a chance to see an up-close demonstration of SatGuard as part of a tour sponsored by the Satellite Interference Reduction Group. “The VeriSat booth is one of the must see stops on the tour. Its 40 range of solutions have done so much to better manage services and strengthen our battle against satellite interference,” said Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group. Adding, “The SatGuard solution is widely regarded in the industry as a game changer.” Petter Amundsen, Veri- Sat’s CEO, said the tour offers a chance for leaders in the communications industry to see the types of solutions available to mitigate their problems. “Since first being presented the challenge of VSAT interference, we have put a lot of effort into giving the industry tools to resolve it quickly and efficiently,” he said. “We are proud of what we have achieved so far and will continue to develop the tool further and support our customers to combat this tricky problem.” In addition, VeriSat also will showcase its GSM interference resolving solution. The GSM solution works by extracting the country identification code as well as the unique

identifier on the mobile device. Determining those pieces of information resolves the interference in a manner more expedient than other solutions. Now in its 27th year, CommunicAsia 2016 is billed as the one-stop venue for professionals and executives in the information and communications technology industry. The four-day event starts May 31 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Besides satellite communications, the conference also offers tracts in broadband, enterprise digital transformation, Internet of things technologies and smart cities, among other subjects. The conference attracts telecommunications and satellite operators as well as ICT solution providers and government organizations. Attendees come from all over the world, including the United States and Europe to participate. For more information on VeriSat, go to: http://verisat.no. For more information on CommunicAsia, go to: http://communicasia.com. U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx to visit seven cities in Smart City Challenge Last December, Secretary Foxx launched the Smart City Challenge in response to the trends identified in the Beyond Traffic draft report, which revealed that our nation’s aging infrastructure is not equipped to deal with a dramatically growing population in regions throughout the country. The USDOT has pledged up to $40 million (funding subject to future appropriations) to one city to help it define what it means to be a “Smart City “and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into their transportation network On Monday, May 16th, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx kicked off visits to all 7 Smart City Challenge Finalist cities. He will meet with mayors and other local leaders in Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; 41 Transportation Secretary Foxx and San Francisco, CA as they work to complete final proposals by May 24. Mayors of the seven finalist cities – Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco - make their ‘final pitch’ for why their city should be selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The winner of the Smart City Challenge will receive up to $40 million from USDOT to help create a fully integrated, first-of-itskind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future. • Read the seven finalists’ vision statements from Round 1 of the Smart City Challenge • View a list of organizations interested in partnering with cities on smart mobility solutions! GSN will report the Winner of the Smart City Challenge along with the Winning City’s Plan.