Hughes bags order from USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Hughes Network, a provider of broadband satellite
solutions and managed network and application services, announced that it has
received an order from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety
and Inspection Service (FSIS).

As per the order, Hughes will deliver managed broadband
services to 300 offices and inspection sites. The order is for a one year
period under a Blanket Purchase Agreement of Hughes’ GSA Schedule 70 contract

“As the public health agency charged with ensuring
the safety of the nation’s supply chain for meat, poultry and egg products,
much of the mission-critical work of FSIS is conducted in field offices across
the country,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government
solutions at Hughes

FSIS inspection offices are currently connected using
multiple technologies, including Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Cable, Cellular
(EVDO), T-1, and satellite. Using its Converged Broadband Architecture, Hughes
will provide multiple-access technologies under one nationally managed
broadband network for all 300 sites.

In addition, with the increased bandwidth available using
broadband technologies, FSIS will be able to communicate Humane Activity
Tracking information and utilize applications to ensure the adequate treatment
of livestock, as well as access eGovernment resources, such as AgLearn for

The comprehensive Hughes solution will provide managed
delivery of broadband services, integrated and consolidated billing, turn-key
implementation with online status reporting and 24×7 monitoring and

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