New Media Support Centre supporting new cross-discipline satellite technology

July 16, 2002

Paris, 15 July 2002

New Media Support Centre: Fertile ground for innovative minds

The New Media Support Centre (NMSC), an ESA initiative, offers a basis for innovation and cross fertilisation of ideas. It will provide the support businesses and institutions need to manage the risk of exploring new cross-discipline satellite technology. To learn more about the NMSC and express your interest in their facilities, visit the NMSC website and fill in the online questionnaire.

Applications support has been the starting point of NMSC operations. The NMSC is now providing access to a number of basic facilities such as satellite capacity, satellite networks, terminals, a demonstration laboratory for real time or off-line demonstration of applications and technical support in the use of NMSC facilities.

New capabilities will be added over time. Particular emphasis will be given to providing Systems Simulations and satellite Terminals Testing facilities. By filling in the NMSC online questionnaire, potential users can help the NMSC fine-tune their facilities to meet user needs and market developments.

Employing satellite communications for tele-education

The test and development environment offered by the NMSC is for services, applications and equipment combining any of the traditional telecommunications disciplines (multimedia, mobile or broadcast), navigation and Earth imaging, which employ satellite communications in some form. Some of the uses envisaged include tele-medicine, tele-education, advanced satellite networks and satellite-based emergency management systems.

The satellite industry, research and development institutes, applications developers and equipment manufacturers will be able to use the centre for terminal testing and system simulation. Institutional users such as civil protection, fire and forest services, will benefit in areas such as pilot technology trials, hands-on training and potentially from support during real emergencies.

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