Software Brings Enhanced TRANSEC, Performance and Efficiency to Company’s Next-Generation Satellite Communications Equipment
Herndon, Va., May 23, 2016 – iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveils its Evolution 3.4.1 software, which powers the company’s next generation 9-Series portfolio of remotes and defense line cards. iDirectGov will showcase the new software release in the company’s booth, No. 1712, during the 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), which runs today through May 26 in Tampa.
Evolution 3.4.1 delivers enhanced features in security, performance and efficiency to the 9-Series product line in support of the company’s defense and government customers whenever and wherever they need effective satellite communications. The software supports the 950mp, 900 and 9350 remotes as well as the DLC-T and DLC-R defense line cards – all from a single platform.
Offering the latest transmission security (TRANSEC) enhancements in the air, on land and at sea, the Evolution platform is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Level 3 certifiable. The 9-series remotes and DLC line cards support dual-domain TRANSEC. One-Way TRANSEC is a new feature that secures broadcast traffic from the hub to a network of receive only remotes. Read More
Around the globe, throughput demands continue to surge. New applications are emerging across every market imaginable. For satellite service providers, being able to keep pace with demand for higher speeds and specialized market demands is paramount to success.
It starts with remote performance at the customer site. At iDirect, we continue to take performance levels to the next level with the introduction of remotes that are designed to deliver the very best in performance and specialized applications.
Take our Embedded Computing (EC) remotes, for example. By combining iDirect technology with “best in class” third-party solutions, we create a “one-box solution” that adds a computing platform to our remotes. This allows service providers to load custom applications that enhance the capabilities and deliver specialized services to meet specific market needs.
The EC series provides a complete solution through:
A reduction in hardware and energy footprint:
Consolidating solutions that would typically require use of a multi-box configuration into a 1U rack-mounted form factor saves valuable rack space and lowers power consumption
Simplified installation and decreased points of failure:
By reducing the hardware footprint, we simplify installation and decrease points of failure.
The delivery of specialized services to meet specific market needs:
This series of solution remotes offer enhanced functionality to iDirect remotes by adding extra processing power and memory to run approved software applications to deliver market specific solutions. Read More
By Richard Deasington, Director of Market Development at iDirect
Global demand for 4G/LTE services has hit a new threshold. No matter the location—urban, rural or remote—user expectations remain the same: high speed and high quality, no compromise. This means that mobile operators are tasked with building-out networks that meet end-user expectations, yet still ensure privacy of the data being transmitted across the network.
However, this presents a difficult challenge for those that must leverage satellite for remote and rural locations or for emergency response networks. For satellite, achieving this level of security often comes at the cost of speed and efficiency.
Here’s the difficulty: Previous generations of networking technology encryption were provided from the handset to the RNC – within the core network. LTE has changed this configuration, moving the RNC functionality out to the edge of the network. This has been done in order to improve efficiency and reduce the latency. The resulting effect is that now the LTE base station processes the clear text of all traffic.
When it comes to backhauling this traffic to the network, the recommendation by the 3GPP is to carry all traffic from the base station inside an IPsec tunnel back to the security gateway in the core network. This, according to 3GPP specifications, ensures security.
Breaking the Norm
A standard LTE implementation uses IPsec to secure all communications by authenticating and encrypting the data from the LTE eNodeB through the network to the Security Gateway in the EPC. In the past, optimizing this encrypted traffic over a satellite link was not possible as the encryption process scrambled all the information being carried. Read More