The Ministry of Defence is harnessing the powers of NiGComSat-R1, the geostationary satellite owned by Nigeria to track the activities of Boko Haram, Ms Abimbola Alale, CEO, NIGCOMSAT Limited, the government owned satellite service company has said.
Alale confirmed that NigComSat is working with the DHQ, the command and control centre of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, to track the activities of the terrorist group which, has continued its unrelenting attacks on the Northern part of the country.
The company CEO confirmed this Thursday while fielding questions at the 4TH Industry ICT Stakeholders Forum organised by the Ministry of Communication Technology in Lagos.
The NigComSat did not give specific details of applications being used by the Nigerian DHQ comprising Army, Air Force, Navy and other defence agencies and departments.
According to Alale, NigComSat is working with the Defence authorities in areas troubled by Boko Haram insurgency but did not give details or nature of the partnership between the two bodies.
The company’s website says that the NigComSat-R1 satellite applications come in useful for Security Search and Rescue (SAR), Reconnaissance, mapping, target tracking, among others.
The NigComSat-1R “will address military warfare simulations, internet services, secure data distribution, backhauling air space intelligence gathering surveillance and reconnaissance by the Nigerian security, broadcasting services and telephony services”, according to the company.
NiGComSat MD also adds that the satellite company is working with agencies of government like Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Galaxy Backbone and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to offer bandwidth services.
According to her, by provide the needed transmission capacity to the government agencies, they are now migrating from “foreign” satellite services.
“NigComSat-1R will revolutionise the way governments operate, by guaranteeing a reliable and secure communication infrastructure. The possibilities are endless; from Customs and Excise payments, to National database creation and management, to e-passports.
Contractors can review and bid on government jobs from around the world, and government ministries can communicate and make decisions with the push of a button, leading to a more streamlined, more transparent and more progressive government”, the company says.