This latest endorsement follows that of Inmarsat earlier this year recommending the emulator to their partners for testing all Global Xpress (GX) applications and solutions off-air without a terminal. According to the company, GateHouse Telecom is already the leading independent provider of complete embedded software within Inmarsat’s BGAN system, with approximately 50 percent of the active 120,000 BGAN terminals in use today operating GateHouse software.
GateHouse Telecom aims to replicate their BGAN success in the Global Xpress network with their new GLE emulator.
Dave Davis, Senior Systems Engineer, VT iDirect, noted that when he first came across the concept of the GateHouse GX Emulator, he was impressed, but using the product has proved a revelation. The tool is small enough to slip into a laptop bag unnoticed, is lightweight and easily held in the palm of the hand. Once up and running, any GX package can be replicated, allowing end users, partners and anyone else in the distribution channel to see first-hand what those packages provide. The GX packages can also be manipulated to fit bespoke needs. The data usage and statistics tools allows comparison of packages and decide which is best for a specific use-case. Rain effects, blockage conditions, congestion, and so on, can also be added to test and demonstrate using real life scenarios. In addition, the GLE has a great feature allowing configuration of Quality of Service (QoS) metrics to see in real-time how they affect traffic. Continue >
There’s an important transformation occurring in the satellite communications industry today. Demand for connectivity is surging and satellite operators are rapidly responding by launching massive amounts of new bandwidth – a number that is expected to increase tenfold by 2025 – which in turn is revolutionizing the economics of satellite service to be on par with, and even complement, terrestrial and wireless networks.
The satcom industry is already seeing major growth in core mobility markets such as aviation, maritime and defense, as well as new ones like connected vehicles and smart cities. To seize existing and future opportunities, ground infrastructure companies must pursue parallel innovations to serve these high-bandwidth applications and make satellite networks easy to deploy and manage.
VT iDirect is leading the way through a wave of new innovation when it comes to satellite ground infrastructure technology. Watch this video to learn how we are expanding the capabilities of the iDirect platform to turn our vision for satellite to play a larger role in the end-to-end network and drive major expansion in market growth into reality.
As the lorries, buses and Ubers battle in the traffic snarl of Old Street roundabout, few of their drivers ever look up. If they were to, they’d see the unsightly office block that houses the coolest HQ in town.
Inmarsat. You may never have heard of it, but it operates a dozen satellites far out in space, covering the planet with data. Each costs $500 million (£390 million) to build and launch.
All are controlled by Inmarsat’s mission control in this dingy corner of EC1. The rocket scientists — how often do you meet one of them? — sit behind a curved bank of computers in a dark room the size of a tennis court, real-life James T Kirks, Spocks and Scotties. Tapping away on keyboards, they peer at a wall of screens showing flattened maps of the world. Flashing lights indicate customers using the networks.
Next door, overlooking the humdrum East End — altitude: 82 feet above sea level — sit two pilots, a 20-something lad and a 30-something woman, hunched over their keyboards. Each fingerstroke adjusts the course of a seven-tonne spacecraft travelling at 6899mph, each about 22,000 miles above Earth’s atmosphere.
A few floors down, in an office crammed with model rockets, satellites and a stray bottle of rum sits the Inmarsat captain. Chief executive Rupert Pearce is sitting now, but he’s only using a chair for my benefit — his usual desk is one of those stand-up jobs. Tall and lean in slim jeans and open-necked shirt, he’s clearly one who spends his spare time cycling, skiing or sailing when not travelling the world visiting clients and Inmarsat’s (ahem) satellite offices. Continue >
Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, announced Geoscience Australia, Australia’s pre-eminent public sector geoscience organization, has renewed its contract with Speedcast for life-saving connectivity applications. Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity for Geoscience Australia’s seismic reading and GPS land movement applications.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Geoscience Australia,” said Andrew Burdall, Executive Vice President Enterprise & Emerging Markets, Speedcast. “The connectivity services we provide not only assure the safety of thousands in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, but they also improve the accuracy of scientific studies that will have a long-term impact on the country. The partnership with Geoscience Australia demonstrates Speedcast’s continued commitment to support the Australian government’s most demanding needs across the country and beyond.”
Seismic Reading Application
Australia has a substantial number of sites around the country that use the seismic reading application, which is part of the regional Asia-Pacific tsunami warning program. Speedcast provides VSAT connectivity to these life-saving operations. Continue >
Earlier this month, Verizon, a long time iDirect customer, along with technology partners, law enforcement, and state and local officials, came together for #OCR2017 to demonstrate how technology can help first responders during simulated crises such as tornadoes, a chemical plant collapse, floods and explosions.
iDirect is proud to support Verizon in this effort to enable first responders and disaster recovery units around the world utilize satellite technology. Whether using unmanned aircraft such as drones, or robots that can make the way through tight spaces where humans can’t, iDirect’s satellite technology platform can be depended upon to be easily deployable, flexible, and always connected.
The outcome of #OCR2017 was a blend of global technologies and people that proved working together before a disaster happens in real life will help save more lives in the event of true disaster.
Sao Paulo-based satellite service center for distribution and localized support.
Herndon, Va., July 5, 2017 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that MASTER, a main provider in Brazil for specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite, has been selected as an authorized distributor of iDirect products and will provide localized support to iDirect partners throughout Brazil. With this partnership, iDirect customers will be able to receive new products and aftermarket services more effectively. Based in Sao Paulo, MASTER will carry a full portfolio of iDirect remotes and ODUs, as well as provide expedited fulfillment, installation and support of satellite services and solutions.
“By adding the resources of MASTER to our local team in Brazil, our customers can receive new products and aftermarket services much more effectively,” said Rob Kilroy, Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, VT iDirect. “MASTER comes to the partnership with a strong reputation in Brazil and is the main provider of specialized services and integrated solutions for communications via satellite in Brazil.”
“The need for satellite connectivity is surging in Brazil, and service providers demand rapid order fulfillment and services,” said JC Mendonça, Partner Owner, Technical Director, MASTER. “We are excited to help grow the on-the-ground team in Brazil, getting iDirect products to market and supporting local customers as they expand their operations.”
The award of a €8.3million Horizon 2020 5G Research & Innovation contract to integrate satcom as an intrinsic part of 5G networks and testbed demonstrations across Europe.
Avanti Communications Group plc, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), in its position of project coordinator for the consortium, announces the signature of the Satellite and Terrestrial Network for 5G (SaT5G) project. The project will research, develop and validate key technologies required to enable the plug-and-play integration of satellite communications into 5G networks. The project will trial and assess these through live testbed demonstrations across Europe.
The SaT5G consortium consists of 16 partners including Thales Alenia Space France, University of Surrey, SES, Airbus Defence and Space, OneAccess, TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek), British Telecommunications, Zodiac Inflight Innovations, Broadpeak, Gilat Satellite Networks, VT iDirect, imec , i2CAT Foundation, University of Oulu and Quortus. The project will also see participation from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), SMEs and research centres with expertise in cellular network operation, architecture design, network management, business modelling, security, content multicast and caching. The 30-month project is starting in June 2017 and is funded by the European Commission under the 5G PPP Phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 programme for Research & Innovation.
The goal of the project is to deliver the seamless, and economically viable, integration of satellite into 5G networks to ensure ubiquitous 5G access everywhere. The project has identified a range of primary research areas to address the integration of satellite into 5G networks, which include, extending 5G security to satellite and multicast for content distribution. Each research area will deliver outputs and benefits in relation to 5G ecosystem stakeholders. Live demonstrations and validations will take place at the testbeds for the project which are located in the UK, Germany and Finland. The project will also drive standardisation, mainly in 3GPP and ETSI, contributing to the definition of the 5G system and integration of satellite communications. Continue >
ECDIS updates and crew welfare improvements in focus.
Reederei Hamburger Lloyd, a Hamburg-based shipping group will move its fleet of 9 container ships and 6 bulkers to Marlink’s innovative Sealink Plus VSAT package including unlimited L-band backup.Hamburger Lloyd is a long term customer of Telemar Germany and was looking for a communications solution that provides a quality link for downloading ECDIS updates, which is critical to the fleet’s navigational safety. The company also sees that moving from pay-as-you-go L-band communication services to the pay-monthly VSAT model will provide budget predictability and enable it to offer more crew communication facilities.
Designed to provide high speed bandwidth at all times, regardless of the amount of data consumed, Sealink Plus will ensure Hamburger Lloyd vessels enjoy uninterrupted global access to safety and efficiency enhancing digital applications.
The technology upgrade on Hamburger Lloyd’s fleet is a result of close collaboration between Telemar Germany and Marlink. The combination of satcom services and technology combined with bridge electronics shared by Marlink and Telemar positions the Group as a valuable technology and connectivity partner for modern ship owners such as Hamburger Lloyd.
Hamburger Lloyd has also chosen to install XChange, the integrated communication management and application platform, ensuring seamless network integration while providing diverse management functions for i.e., crew connectivity account management. While Hamburger Lloyd’s existing L-band system will provide back-up, new on board hardware including XChange and 1 metre VSAT antennas will be provided as part of the monthly cost, resulting in a low initial investment for Hamburger Lloyd to introduce significant new communication capabilities for its vessels. Continue >
Primacom to double broadband speeds by efficiently leveraging SES Networks’ fully-managed Maritime+ service.
SES announced today it has signed a multi-year agreement with leading Indonesian satellite communications provider Primacom (PT Primacom Interbuana). Primacom will use SES Networks’ Maritime+ service to deliver the highest levels of reliable high-speed broadband connectivity to vessels operating in Asia-Pacific region.
The innovative fully-managed service will enable Primacom to double broadband speeds for connecting vessels traversing international and domestic maritime routes within the Asia-Pacific region.
SES Networks’ Maritime+ service combines SES’s global ground and space infrastructure to deliver the highest levels of reliability and connectivity to vessels that are seeking connected and autonomous shipping operations.
“The managed Maritime+ service is an ideal fit for Primacom as it gives us the flexibility to allocate bandwidth based on the needs of our customers. The efficient use of capacity also allows our budget-conscious customers to run new applications for the first time. Thanks to this customised and cost-efficient service, we are now able to provide the reliable and seamless connectivity that vessels need while traversing across oceans,” said Rosjanto, Senior Vice President of Product Support Development Technical Division at Primacom. Continue >
Avianca and Inmarsat announced the signing of an agreement that will allow travelers to enjoy the most advanced broadband technology onboard its aircraft.With this project, Avianca becomes the first airline in Latin America to make its aircraft available for the provision of GX Aviation, the new and advanced solution developed by Inmarsat to offer Wi-Fi to passengers and cabin crew during flights. GX Aviation is the first in-flight broadband solution from one operator with reliable and high-speed global coverage from a single operator, allowing Avianca’s passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights. A new in-flight connectivity experience that’s in a class of its own.
GX Aviation will initially be available to all Avianca passengers on approximately 125 Airbus A320, A330 and Boeing 787 aircraft, with the potential for additional aircraft to be provisioned at a later date. Avianca’s GX-equipped aircraft are currently expected to be rolled out starting at the end of the year.
Hernan Rincon, Chief Executive Officer of Avianca, said: “Today, technology is one of Avianca’s fundamental pillars. Therefore, and to allow our travelers to be always connected, we have signed an agreement that will enable us to continue advancing in our digital transformation with the support of Inmarsat.”
Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “GX Aviation is now live as the most advanced in-flight connectivity solution in the world. It has been specifically designed from the ground up as a seamless and robust service for airlines and their passengers, overcoming the shortcomings of traditional in-flight internet providers. The rapid uptake from airlines is evidence of the market’s confidence, with launch customers signed in key regions such as Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australasia and now, Latin America.” Continue>
Posted onJune 22, 2017byiDirect.
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