ViaSat Customer Smart Digital Communications and LinkStar Networking System Play Key Role in Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System: Real time data collection validates Australian meteorological agency's predictions

Share Article

ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) and customer Smart Digital Communications Bhd recently played key roles in a tsunami alert warning system following an earthquake during the second week in September in the Indian Ocean. Telemetry and tracking information was transmitted over a ViaSat LinkStar(R) satellite network operated from the Smart teleport in Kuala Lumpur. Terminals on the Cocos-Keeling Island and Christmas Island, Australian territories located to the Northwest of the mainland, collected real time data to validate the accuracy of tsunami predictions.

    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology had predicted the heightened waves would hit Cocos-Keeling at about 12:30 pm local time, and data gathered by the Smart satellite communications network showed the prediction to be correct. Fortunately last month's earthquake increased wave height by only 15 cm for 10 minutes, but the system will be ready for warnings of major tsunamis as well. The tsunami warning system terminals are owned by the Australian BoM and information is shared with agencies in Malaysia and Indonesia.

About Smart Digital Communications (

Smart is one of the largest VSAT (very small aperture terminal) satellite broadband service providers in Southeast Asia, with over 2,500 sites connecting through its teleport in Technology Park Malaysia. The company also provides cellular infrastructure to mobile communication carriers. The Smart service coverage includes Malaysia, Russia, China, Hawaii, Hong Kong, the Indian sub-continent, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and numerous Pacific islands.

About ViaSat (

ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company has five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.

Safe Harbor Statement

Portions of this release, particularly statements about the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. The Company refers you to the documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Risk Factors in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat, Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation. All additional products are trademarks of their respective owners.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Joe LoBello
Visit website