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Space Technology for Sparkasse Dillenburg

11-27-2013 07:34 PM CET | Media & Telecommunications

Press release from: Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH

Darmstadt, 27 November 2013 ​

Customers of the Sparkasse Dillenburg (Region of Hesse, Germany) can look forward to a new mobile branch office, which will be operational end of this year. The space company Telespazio VEGA Deutschland, a subsidiary of Telespazio (a Finmeccanica/Thales company) will provide the satellite connection between the mobile bank and the main office.

The catchment area of the Sparkasse Dillenburg covers many small villages and communities which do not have their own local branch. In order to be able to provide full banking services to such rural areas, Sparkasse has been using mobile branch offices for years. Mobile banks with online connection have developed since recently and represent a viable solution for rural banking needs. They are fully equipped to offer a full range of banking services to its customers, including a cash machine, a bank statement printer and a small branch office as well as PC equipment.

A reliable and secure data connection to the main office is an essential prerequisite for the provision of real-time mobile banking services. As data networks such as UMTS or LTE are not always available or reliable in rural areas, a more robust solution is needed.

Using satellite communications, even the most remote places can be reliably connected. The Sparkasse bus is equipped with an automatic satellite antenna, which can establish a secure connection to the Sparkasse Dillenburg main office within two minutes of being activated. And this can be done from anywhere in Europe. “Theoretically, the Sparkasse Dillenburg bus could travel as far as rural Spain and still have satellite reception”, remarks Dr. Karl-Heinz Walker, satellite communications specialist. “The advantage of using satellite communications is that it does not rely on any fixed locations: one only needs to be within the satellite coverage area to guarantee a connection.”

The satellite communications set up for the Dillenburger Sparkasse are not only secure and reliable: they are supported by space industry professionals. Telespazio operates its own control centre in Fucino, Italy, from which the satellites are monitored and controlled around the clock; the satellite connection can even be serviced remotely - In the future, also the connection between the main office of the Sparkasse Dillenburg and the mobile branch office. The Telespazio Group has provided a complete range of reliable, secure, encrypted satellite services across the whole of Europe for more than 20 years. This is of paramount importance for the banking sector.

The bus is custom built and the satellite connection will be set up specifically for the Sparkasse. The vehicle itself is delivered by Berger Karosserie- und Fahrzeugbau GmbH from Frankfurt, which will also install the satellite antenna along with the related electronics. Berger specialises in custom vehicles and has already equipped more than 500 customers with mobile banking buses. In the meanwhile more than half of the delivered vehicles have satellite antennas. “With Telespazio, we’re relying on the space expertise in order to serve our banking customers locally, regardless of how far away they are from the main branches. Space, automobile and banking industries - this is what you call cross-sector working!“ remarks Herr Dierk Conrad, Managing Director of Berger, as the mobile branch office is configured and installed for the Sparkasse Dillenburg.

The handover of the vehicle will take place on the Berger premises, Schmidtstraße 49, 60326 Frankfurt on 10 December 2013 between 10:00- 13:00 hrs. Press representatives are invited to join the event. Please register with Mr. Conrad at +49(0) 69 75903-0. For photos of the handover please contact Alexandra Sokolowski at

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, is a well-established consulting, technology and engineering services business. Over the past 30 years, we have built up a first-class reputation in the aerospace and defence market. Our nearly 400 staff are experts in systems & operations engineering, ICT disciplines and develop ground-based, software-intensive systems for control, planning and data processing, simulations and training. Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is a subsidiary of Telespazio S.p.A. (a Finmeccanica/Thales
company): a world leader in GEO information, Satellite Systems & Applications, Satellite Operations and Networks & Connectivity.

Alexandra Sokolowski
Marketing and Communication Manager

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH
Europaplatz 5
64293 Darmstadt
Tel: + 49 (0)6151 8257 764
Fax: + 49 (0)6151 8257 799

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