EU GOVSATCOM services will provide support to security actors in three main application domains: crisis management , border and maritime surveillance , and management of key infrastructures , including diplomatic communication networks. These actors have specific needs which are not fully met by commercial satellite communication services.
For crisis management, both military and civilian responders need guaranteed services enabling communication and exchange of information with, and between, their rear bases and command and control centres.
Border and maritime surveillance operations require that the information collected by surveillance platforms is distributed in near real time to the relevant actors in order to minimise the time lapse between the detection of an event and the intervention of a response team.
The management of key infrastructures generally relies on the existence of a secure communication link between operational platforms/infrastructures and control centres. This is also valid for European and national diplomatic networks, for which the availability of secured communication services is a key requirement.
Three additional cross-domain use cases have been identified for which the use of secure satellite communications is also expected to be a key enabler. Specific applications in the Arctic region, in which human activities increase but where terrestrial communication infrastructures are missing, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications which are inherent to the generalisation of the Internet of Things (IoT).