nanoLTE™

Persistent Telecom’s nanoLTE™ is a standards-based, feature-rich, Evolved Packet Core (EPC) implementation that combines LTE core network elements in a compact design. The key elements include:

  • MME - eNodeB, and Mobility Management
  • HSS - Subscriber Management
  • SGW/PGW – Serving Gateway and Packet Gateway through which the user IP packet data is routed to the local LAN/WAN.

nanoLTE™ is optimized to run at or near the network edge. It can be located with one or more LTE radios (eNodeBs) to be deployed in a rural or remote area, on campus, aircrafts, cruise ships, or for a variety of other applications such as public safety, defense and intelligence. When located at remote cell sites in villages or communities, a localized EPC provides users broadband data access to local services and cached media content without having to backhaul all signaling and user data to a centralized EPC. Each rural network could run autonomously if the backhaul to a centralized EPC failed. nanoLTE™ allows autonomous high bandwidth and long range IP communications over LTE. nanoLTE™ supports both voice and IP data, wirelessly. nanoLTE™, combined with a satellite network, can be configured as private end-to-end network or as a roaming extension. In a roaming extension service model, users could Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD). The PTI nanoLTE™ EPC has a uniquely small software footprint, even being able to run on low-power ARM and Cavium processors, possibly on the eNodeB hardware itself or combined with a backhaul satellite terminal. This flexibility in packaging and ability to economically scale down to supporting just a single eNodeB if necessary for remote or ‘fly‐away’ systems, gives the PTI EPC considerable advantage over EPC solutions from other traditional vendors in these types of deployments. The software platform also supports GSM and 3G radios, such as GSM picocells, 3G femtocells and longer range radios from various vendors. That is, the PTI nanoLTE™ EPC may also act as a GSM/3G MSC (with SIP), HLR, SMSC and packet data core. This allows a common core platform for voice & data over GSM, 3G and 4G, considerably easing deployments where multiple radio technologies are required in a compact package.

nanoSAT™

Developed for the Department of Defense, nanoSAT™ is the world’s first fully functional mobile phone system that works everywhere you go. nanoSAT™ cell sites are available in GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G LTE and WiMAX configurations. nanoSAT™ works with all commercial satellite systems. Challenged by the need for cell phone communications in the middle of nowhere? Persistent Telecom’s nanoSAT™ technology is ideal for creating “communications islands”. Organizations can now establish secure, private cell phone networks anywhere on earth, at a reasonable cost. Improve productivity and enhance worker safety with the convenience of smartphones, tablets and advanced mobility solutions. The nanoSAT™ proprietary operating system runs on a small, low power consumption, fan-less, Single Board Computer (SBC). Communicate seamlessly across the most difficult environments from the control room, to the work area, to the living quarters. Operate in remote locations or international waters - anywhere there is no public infrastructure. nanoSAT™ systems are VoIP compatible. Cell phones can be provisioned as VoIP extensions. nanoSAT™ systems integrate with all major PBX systems. Persistent Telecom’s remote nanoSAT™ terminals include the cell network transmitter, the satellite transmitter and the complete network operating platform. Maintain a single, coordinated communications system between leadership, key personnel and a remote workforce. Persistent Telecom is an MVNO, with Network Operations Centers connected to the Global Roaming Alliance. Persistent Telecom can complete calls and route traffic from anywhere, directly to your commercial phone number. nanoSAT™ works independently without relying on public telephone networks, public mobile phone networks or the Internet. nanoSAT™ works indoors to combine the convenience of cell phones, with the global reach of satellite networks. nanoSAT™ systems enable inbound and outbound calls from any public network, using your mobile phone number. One phone number on land, at sea, in the air or underground. nanoSAT™ systems are useful in search and rescue efforts during disasters, and can be used in remote and rural areas as well as mines or in tunnels. nanoSAT™ systems are useful for remote security, surveillance and/or sensor backhaul. nanoSAT™ can operate as a fail-safe phone system using standalone power sources such as batteries, wind or solar. The nanoSAT™ system’s low cost of ownership enables a quick ROI and pays for itself with increased productivity. nanoSAT™ sites can transmit over “leaky” cable Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) inside buildings, ships, subways or mines. nanoSAT™ systems can include SMS text messaging, GPRS, EDGE, 3G and 4G LTE wireless data capability.

Cyber VauLTE™

Persistent Telecom’s Cyber VauLTE™ is a secure, wireless communications hub designed for use in any board room, hotel room or conference room. Cyber VauLTE™ employs military grade, NSA validated, AES 256K encryption to support information assurance in an era of increasing cyber-crime and espionage. Cyber VauLTE™ creates a private communications bubble for key management personnel. The Cyber VauLTE™ automatically connects your cell phone voice, text and data anonymously; avoiding local WiFi hubs and foreign cellular networks. Cyber VauLTE™ also includes a secure video conferencing platform. Cyber VauLTE™ allows travelers to avoid connecting through vulnerable hotel wireless hot spots and commercial mobile carriers overseas. Regardless of location, Cyber VauLTE™ offers military grade information assurance in an increasingly dangerous world.

nanoSEA™

Persistent Telecom Inc. (PTI) installs cellular phone service, SMS text messaging and wireless data services on any ship without pulling any wires. PTI has developed an innovative, new approach to add cellular and other wireless features to cruise ships using existing infrastructure. PTI’s systems can be installed while the ship is in service (no major dry dock retrofit required).

Persistent Telecom is an MVNO, with Network Operations Centers connected to the Global Roaming Alliance. Persistent Telecom can complete calls and route traffic from anywhere, directly to your commercial phone number. nanoSEA™ systems can be used to replace DECT crew phones. For backhaul off the ship, PTI’s nanoSAT™ software interconnects with any commercial satellite system. The nanoSEA™ Linux based platform efficiently manages all voice and data using a single server. nanoSEA™ systems include GSM, CDMA, SMS, 2G, 3G, LTE and other high speed Wi-Fi data services. nanoSEA™ are VoIP compatible and can be integrated with the ship’s VoIP PBX. Cell phones can be provisioned as VoIP extensions. The nanoSEA™ system’s low cost of ownership enables a quick ROI paying for itself with increased productivity. nanoSEA™ systems improve productivity, increase privacy and enhance worker safety with the convenience of text messaging. PTI’s systems include an open source Asterisk server which enables hundreds of standard telco features like voice mail, conference calling, caller ID and even POS wireless credit card processing.

nanoCAST™

Persistent Telecom has designed and built a portable SMS broadcast system to support public safety notification, law enforcement operations and Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Recovery (HADR) missions. nanoCAST™ systems provide situational awareness during any crisis where survivors or hostages are denied access to public networks. Denied access or loss of commercial telephone services is commonplace in disasters. Recently, some governments have begun to turn off mobile phone networks to suit their needs. In either case, nanoCAST™ systems can be deployed to identify victims in need of assistance:

  • 1. Emergency Alerts: In less than five minutes, nanoCAST™ systems can be programmed to transmit instant messages to mobile phones in the immediate area. There is no need to wait for the commercial carrier to set up the SMS broadcast. First responders do not need to know what phones are in the area, the nanoCAST™ system figures that out automatically. Once the “stay where you are” or “evacuate immediately” campaign is activated the nanoCAST™ system finds the phones and sends the alerts.
  • 2. Search and Rescue: Finding survivors is a time critical effort where nanoCAST™ systems can be helpful in many ways. For example, when a nanoCAST™ finds three phones active in the area, there are probably at least three people to locate.
  • 3. Hostages: Once again, when time is of the essence, a nanoCAST™ campaign can send and collect information in the shortest time cycle. With shooters in the building, sending directions to innocents within seconds can provide assurance that help has arrived. Alternatively, a nanoCAST™ campaign can be directed at the assailant.

Easy to use, nanoCAST™ systems can be operated using any tablet or smart phone. Initiating an SMS campaign is as simple as sending a text message with your cell phone.

nanoCOW™

PTI’s new “nanoCOW™” (Cell on Wheels) is a miniature mobile phone network that enables voice, text and data communications when commercial networks fail. As has been seen over and over again, when disaster strikes, the public telephone networks get overwhelmed and crash. Designed and built to provide emergency communications for citizens in distress and to support public safety officials on the scene, nanoCOW™s are autonomous cellular sites that can be “dropped” into any location; providing local cell service in a matter of minutes.

Once deployed, the nanoCOW™s are equipped with a built-in power plant that can keep them in service for weeks at a time. Recognizing the increasing need to quickly establish communications with victims in a crisis and considering the network failures associated with natural disasters, PTI designed the nanoCOW™s to bridge the communications gap between first responders when they need it most. The nanoCOW™ design team learned an important lesson during Superstorm Sandy - establishing an emergency cell site was easy when compared to the effort needed to re-fuel the generators to keep the existing cell sites powered up. PTI’s nanoCOW™s address the power problem by combining extremely efficient cell site technology (ultra low electrical power consumption), with an extremely efficient power plant. The result is unattended nanoCOW™ cell sites that operate for weeks without the need to refuel. Many power generator systems were evaluated for the nanoCOW™ project, the Smart Car platform was chosen. Wind and solar power were self-evident selections, as they are proven “trickle power” battery chargers and a good match for lead acid smart car battery. To increase storage capacity, multiple deep cycle marine batteries can be chained together. When there is not enough wind or sun, the Smart Car’s three-cylinder engine efficiently charges the batteries using less than a cup of gas. With nine gallons of gas in the tank, the nanoCOW™s can run for weeks without the need for re-fueling. nanoCOW™s are tiny, light-weight Mercedes Smart Cars that can be transported on trailers, lifted by helicopters or driven into freight elevators for roof top placement. Once activated, the nanoCOW™ can begin to collect E-911 calls and text messages immediately; improving situational awareness. nanoCOW™s can broadcast public safety text alerts to all phones in the immediate area, providing directions to victims, first responders or both. nanoCOW™ systems can be configured to support all current wireless technologies including GSM, CDMA, text, WiFi, 2G, 3G and LTE. Each nanoCOW™ includes satellite backhaul connections to PTI's earth station NOCs located outside of the crisis area. Once received by the NOC, voice, text and data can be routed to the PSTN, the Internet or other nanoCOW™s in the field. PTI also developed a remote control system for the nanoCOW™s that monitors battery levels and sends text message alerts when the power is getting low. Using the PTI remote control application on your phone, you can start your nanoCOW™ remotely and turn it off when the batteries are charged.

nanoWATCH™

Persistent Telecom’s nanoWATCH™ system is a low-cost IMSI grabber, mobile phone finder, locator and surveyor. nanoWATCH™ can aid in rescue missions, finding phones to help locate survivors. nanoWATCH™ can separate unknown phones from friendly phones and enable blue force tracking. Terrorism and illegal trafficking pose important threats. From checkpoints to remote areas, nanoWATCH™ can identify cell phones from hostile enemies and nations. The nanoWATCH™ system scans an area for cell phones, when it locates a phone of interest, it collects the mobile phone’s identity, saves it in a database and sends alerts via text messages. nanoWATCH™ systems deployed in remote areas send alerts to HQ over satellite radio modems. nanoWATCH™ allows your security team to monitor checkpoints, remote areas and perimeters for hostile phones. At national borders, nanoWATCH™ can be used to detect illegal immigrants or contraband traffickers. To defend facilities and perimeters, nanoWATCH™ can detect hostile phones that may be attached to sensors or IEDs. nanoWATCH™ can covertly collect a contact’s phone data, which can be associated with other investigations, intelligence or biometric data; aiding in identifying criminals and hostiles. nanoWATCH™ is a fully functional cell tower with C3 capabilities. Communications features include secure voice, SMS text messaging, email, web access and IP based reach back. Using commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware and a LINUX operating system, nanoWATCH™ is a dependable and affordable solution. Man-portable, the nanoWATCH™ system can be carried, attached to a checkpoint, concealed in a remote location, vehicle mounted or aircraft mounted. nanoWATCH™ transmits updates wirelessly and runs on a Single Board Computer (SBC). nanoWATCH™ includes all of the capabilities of a private cell tower. This is a valuable capability in remote areas or during times of disaster. Single button operation allows for ease of use. Once a nanoWATCH™ system has been deployed, it can be programmed remotely. For installations that are difficult to access, all data logs and watch lists are updated remotely “over the air”; reducing risk to personnel. The system consists of a miniature, portable GSM base station (nanoCELL), a Single Board Computer (SBC), a GPS receiver, a GSM mobile phone radio, batteries, charger and a road case. The SBC is used to control the covert network, manage the phone identities collected in the database, identify target phones and create alert messages. For dependability, the nanoWATCH™ system runs on a LINUX OS to provide stable, fault tolerant performance.