--National Geographic-supported project searches for tomb of Genghis
Khan, with help of virtual explorers worldwide--
BETHESDA, MD, May 5 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global provider
of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions,
today announced it has continued its support of the world-renowned
survey that is identifying archaeological sites in Genghis Khan's
homeland - Mongolia's most sacred heritage area.
During the expedition's second phase, completed last summer, Stratos
supplied Inmarsat BGAN mobile satellite communications service to
researchers as they used digital imagery to search for archaeological
sites in the remote valley of the ancient Mongolian empire. Stratos
equipment supplier ViaSat also continued its support by donating its
VRT-100 rugged BGAN terminal for this project.
The Valley of the Khans (VOTK) research project (http://exploration.nationalgeographic.com/), supported by the joint National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants
Program, is led by University of California San Diego research
associate Albert Yu-Min Lin, Ph.D. Dr. Lin initiated this project in
2009 using a new, non-invasive scientific approach.
The project is performing a non-destructive archaeological search,
utilizing modern digital tools from a variety of disciplines, including
digital imagery, computer vision, non-destructive surveying, and
on-site digital archaeology.
Expanded Expedition Uses Human Computation Component
The 2010 VOTK expedition, utilizing twice as many professionals as the
2009 inaugural search, was expanded to include a search area of 3,000
kilometres. This expansion was made possible by using satellite imaging
and an innovative Human Computation toolkit.
BGAN from Stratos made it possible for the 2010 VOTK expedition to
deploy the Human Computation toolkit. Before entering a new region, the
team would use its BGAN connection to enable members of the general
public to serve as "virtual explorers" online to help search through
and tag GeoEye-1 satellite imagery of the region in which the team was
Each morning, the team would again use its BGAN connection to download
annotations provided by virtual explorers - then use those annotations
to direct its ground search. This application enabled the team to
significantly increase its search area and deploy a multi-stage
approach to discovery, including: satellite imagery; aerial imagery;
and geomagnetic surveys such as ground-penetrating radar and
"The expansion of our expedition would have been impossible without BGAN
from Stratos," said Dr. Lin. "BGAN provided us with reliable voice and
data connectivity in one of the world's most remote regions. This
helped us maintain the highest levels of safety and productivity while
in the field. In addition to the human computation toolkit, we used
BGAN for photo transmission, blogging and to secure critical medical
consultations from the field."
The research team now is analyzing its field data and expects to
announce its results by the end of this year. The VOTK search seeks to
locate archaeological sites from the period of Genghis Khan without
disturbing them, thus shedding light on Mongolia's rich historical
heritage and enabling conservation and education in this rapidly
changing landscape. The search maintains respect for local customs
while enabling protective measures through organizations such as
UNESCO. The VOTK research project was one of National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2010 Adventures of the Year.
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "It is gratifying to know that
our continued contribution of BGAN is helping support pioneering
research that is of vast historical significance. This is the latest
demonstration of BGAN's effectiveness in the world's harshest, most
Those seeking more information on the Valley of the Khans or
crowdsourcing technology can contact the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BGAN from Stratos
Stratos is one of the world's largest distributors of Inmarsat's BGAN
(Broadband Global Area Network) service, a mobile satellite offering
that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide video (guaranteed
up to 384 kbps streaming), high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice
connectivity anywhere in the world. Since its introduction in late
2005, BGAN from Stratos has been widely adopted by media organizations,
military agencies, first responders and professionals in many other
industries worldwide. Stratos now boasts more than 15,000 BGAN
activations in 185 countries.
Stratos customers fully utilize The Stratos Advantage, a suite of
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