Oceus Networks’ Michael Wheeless Receives FCW 2015 Rising Star Award

Principal Systems Engineer Honored for Enhancing Navy Shipboard Communications and Early Career Achievements

RESTON, Va. – September 24, 2015 – Oceus Networks Inc., the market leader in delivering agile and innovative mobile solutions, announced today that Principal Systems Engineer Michael Wheeless has been named by FCW as a 2015 Rising Star Award winner. The Rising Star Awards are an annual recognition by FCW of outstanding federal IT leaders early in their careers. Wheeless was recognized for engineering a high bandwidth, low latency 4G LTE communications system built exclusively with commercially-available technology for the U.S. Navy.

“Michael Wheeless consistently demonstrates excellence as part of the Oceus Networks team and we are proud that his work, engineering expertise and potential have been recognized by FCW,” said Randy Fuerst, president and chief executive officer of Oceus Networks.

The Rising Star Awards recognize individuals within the first 10 years of their federal IT careers who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make a broader impact and who have clear potential to grow into more responsibility within their organizations and the community at large.

Wheeless successfully integrated a complex set of commercial communication systems into one seamless shipboard network for a U.S. Navy exercise. His efforts helped prove to the Navy that modern commercial 4G LTE enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops can be operated securely at sea—and when integrated with high capacity satellite systems—can move high bandwidth, low latency video, voice and data wherever it is needed, whenever it is needed, without throughput restrictions. This system dramatically improves the Navy’s shipboard communications and Wheeless was presented a Commander’s Coin by the 7th Fleet Commander for his efforts.

By combining LTE cellular smartphone capabilities with fiber-like internet speeds, Wheeless successfully enabled delivery up to 400 Mbps, 30 times greater than typical Navy at-sea capability. Using the system Wheeless engineered, sailors on the USS Fort Worth were able to communicate real-time via high bandwidth voice, video and text at sea using commercially-available technology during a two-phase exercise in April and August. The high bandwidth infrastructure enabled training, continuing education, operational, medical, morale and maintenance uses simultaneously while deployed at sea. The exercise demonstrated how to extend the reach and capacity of minimally manned, multi-mission ships, and gives them reach back to U.S. shore-based services like telemedicine, distance support maintenance and full motion video with fiber-like internet speeds.

Wheeless will be recognized at the October 14th GCN awards gala and his accomplishments will be profiled in an upcoming issue of FCW magazine and on FCW.com. FCW is the leading publication for the federal IT community and has been covering the business of federal technology since 1987.

For more information about how Oceus Networks enables secure, high-speed voice, video, and data communications for government and enterprise customers worldwide, visit www.oceusnetworks.com. To learn more about the 2015 Rising Star Awards, visit http://fcw.com/articles/2015/09/10/2015-rising-stars.aspx.


About Oceus Networks
Oceus Networks Inc., a solutions company, provides agile and innovative mobile technologies that enable secure, high-speed communications to customers leveraging the latest in standards-based commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. We provide products and solutions at best value to enable success for our customers’ unique missions. Privately U.S.-owned and operated, Oceus Networks’ headquarters are located in Reston, Virginia.


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