Fenix Group: Reliable Communication in Any Environment

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When disaster strikes and telecommunication infrastructure fails, it is a herculean task for first responders and governments to carry out recovery efforts. Likewise, in war zones and austere environments when traditional telecommunication networks are disrupted, soldiers need alternate data communication systems to communicate with their teams. That’s where Fenix Group comes in with its flagship product, Banshee.

Banshee is an expeditionary mobile broadband radio that connects soldiers and sensors to enable at-the-edge data, intelligence, and communications. Embedding virtual server stacks on military radios gives the military the capability to bring a little Internet wherever they are on a mission. Fenix Group primarily caters to the U.S federal government, DoD, partner organizations, and state and local governments.

Virginia-based Fenix Group provides private mobile broadband networks as integrated edge solutions. “Unlike a some private standalone 4G/LTEformats, we offer ruggedized man portable and vehicle mounted systems with integrated backhaul and edge services onboard,” says Dave Peterson, CEO of Fenix Group. Banshee is offered as a family of integrated systems, to include backpacks for wearable access, mobile units for high capacity operations, and 4G/LTE unmanned airborne platforms. What makes Fenix Group’s private 4G/LTE line special is that they are not only establishing an eNodeB and a core network but integrating modular Layer 2 backhaul radios for connectivity between nodes, and other communications systems that may be in the area, to include satellite and microwave links.

In a military application, deployed personnel can take one of the backpacks out and create an LTE bubble that is private and secure but also can mesh to other deployed individual nodes. Each node can stand on its own as a fully functional private LTE network with integrated edge services, but also connects with other Banshee nodes when it comes into contact via layer 2 RF link range. Customers get high reliability, redundancy, and survivability in an austere environment.

Since each Banshee node is embedded with a virtual server stack, military personnel and first responders get access to video encoding, situational awareness tools, dialers, and chat services. Even in an austere environment, users don’t need to reach back to a cloud-based infrastructure or use satellite communication for most services, which saves money over the long term. “We’ve also implemented features which allow 4G/LTE communications to work in a GPS denied environment,” states Peterson.“They can just take their Banshee node out and have reliable, high speed communication services anywhere in the world over a pretty good coverage area.”

We bring scalability and reliability to edge data networks anywhere in the world


The reason why Fenix Group has gained so much popularity in the U.S in a short span of three years is because of the cost efficiency that is created through its offerings. While the backpacks connect 128+ users, the vehicle managed systems connect up to 800 users on a single node over multiple LTE bands, to include CBRS. This is in stark contrast to legacy mobile data radios, which are expensive and only connect a single endpoint, which proves to be extremely expensive for a first responder or military to scale. “We bring scalability to edge data networks. In addition to phones, we can connect any LTE capable device in the Battlefield of Things® sensor ecosystem,” says Peterson.

Recently, the company carried out some experiments on a large test range using Banshee Tactical Radio (BTR),their backpack, and Banshee Mobile Radio (BMR), their vehicle managed systems, as well as an airborne layer housed on a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) drone. The drone was integrated into the Banshee ecosystem and all nodes were able to operate on the move within a notional GPS denied environment. Fenix Group was able to operate independent 4G/LTE networks that spoke to one another as nodes moved around the test area. “We proved that we were able to transmit without utilizing GPS and connect devices that could move through a Layer 2 mesh backhaul to communicate with other Banshee nodes in a dynamic, fluid environment mimicking a military operation,” explains Peterson.

But what sets them a notch higher is their expert team comprised of former-military personnel representing every stripe of engineering. “Our success is a testament to the innovative culture we have fostered at Fenix Group. Our team’s creativity, ingenuity and adaptability have resulted in a desirable product and service offering for our customers. The extensive experience we possess in battlefield communications coupled with a history of successful hardware and software solutions, makes us uniquely qualified to handle our customers’ requirements. Nothing is lost in translation between our customers and our team because we have personally experienced their operational challenges. I couldn’t be prouder of our team on what they have achieved and what they have yet to accomplish,” says Taylor Thompson, Fenix Group’s Chief Operating Officer.
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Fenix Group

Company
Fenix Group

Headquarters
Chantilly, VA

Management
Dave Peterson, CEO, Taylor Thompson, COO and Mike Penegar, CFO

Description
Fenix Group offers private mobile broadband networks as integrated edge solutions for military and other applications to facilitate reliable communications anywhere in the world.Fenix Group’s flagship product, Banshee is an expeditionary mobile broadband radio that connects soldiers and sensors to enable at-the-edge data, intelligence, and communications. Embedding virtual server stacks on military radios gives the military the capability to bring a little Internet wherever they are on a mission. Primarily catering to the U.S federal government, DoD, partner organizations, and state and local governments, Fenix Group provides private mobile broadband networks as integrated edge solutions. Banshee is offered as a family of integrated systems, to include backpacks for wearable access, mobile units for high capacity operations, and 4G/LTE unmannedairborne platforms