Western Australian Museum- A tailored solution

The Client

The Western Australian Museum's scientific programs include exploratory field trips to remote environments around Western Australia, to catalogue the state's biodiversity and understand Western Australia's unique place in the world.
Marine Life of the Kimberley Region
, is a joint project between the WA Museum and Woodside Energy, in conjunction with the Australian Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the North Territory, the Queensland Museum, Museum Victoria and Western Australian Herbarium. The project explores the marine biodiversity of the inshore Kimberley and the associated continental shelf out to the shelf edge coral atolls.
Cave: Searching for Australia's Forgotten Beasts
, is a collaborative effort between the WA Museum and the Flinders University. This is an ongoing research project to unlock the mysteries of the Nullarbor Caves through discovering and researching well-preserved remains of ancient megafauna.

The Brief

Some of the areas under exploration were in some of the most remote parts of the world away from civilisation and telephone services. Their plan was to film their research and stream this video to their website as events unfolded. Through this immediate action, the public can experience what a real, frontier scientific study is like, and what happens during these field studies.

The Solution

Australian Satellite Communications (ASC) provided a customised solution for these exciting projects. An enhanced version of the Office in a box, along with a standard 1.2m antenna, with the added capability for wireless and cordless phones, turned this "off the shelf" system, into a sophisticated city office environment located in remote parts of the Australian outback.
Due to the nature of the projects, where the main objective was to upload video files and lots of project related data, ASC were able to deliver a custom, casual plan of 512/1024 kbps.
The system was portable enough to be relocated as required as these projects took place in a variety of locations. WA museum staff involved in the project were provided with training which equipped them well in the setup and commissioning of this satellite system on a frequent basis. ASC technical staff travelled to Perth and delivered the training program at WA Museum's premises.

The Result

The Western Australian Museum successfully completed two remote research expeditions, The Marine Life of the Kimberley Region Project, and "Cave: Searching for Australia's Forgotten Beasts", and their video footage can be viewed on their website.Dr. M. Schlacher examining soft corals Photo by Clay Bryce /  used with permission from WA Museum

"The WA Museum engaged Australian Satellite Communications to assist with remote communications. The system designed for the Museum consists of VSAT antenna and equipment providing a link to the internet as well as other data applications, and voice.
"ASC were able to provide a link best suiting the nature of our traffic, where there is greater dependence on the upload bandwidth - a unique requirement and one that only ASC were able to deliver. Technical training was provided to museum staff so that the system can be
easily set up and taken down; this was filmed to be referred to in future.

The VSAT system has been very successful in showcasing the work of field staff and enriching the WA Museum's online presence with live and near-live content. We have found Australian Satellite Communications to be responsive, flexible and great value for money. The Western Australian Museum recommends ASC's communications services to bodies looking to engage the public with their remote ventures - particularly organisations with specific and different requirements from their remote communications providers."

Morgan Strong
Manager Online Services
Western Australian Museum

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