By Denis Sutherland, Sr. Manager, Sales System Engineering
Satellite operators need to change their business model.
A lot is written about the benefits and advancements of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the impact they will have on the satellite market. However, satellite operators will find it more difficult to sell megahertz (MHz) in a hub co-location model, as described here, and instead will sell megabits per second (Mbps) and in a managed service model due to the increased infrastructure requirements created by multi spot beam satellites.
This change not only affects satellite operators, but also causes dramatic changes throughout the whole value chain. Let’s consider what is driving this change.
A couple of years ago, I talked with a CTO from a satellite service provider (SP) and he said that the company could not build a business case to enable the core iDirect infrastructure on a soon-to-be launched HTS. I realized we had the same problem with a second SP and on the same satellite.
So what was going on?
It turns out both satellite SPs planned to use a new HTS with really focused and powerful beams. However, they needed to use eight spot beams rather than one wide beam in order to cover the same geographic service area. This meant that they needed to expand their iDirect infrastructure to handle 8X more outbound capability, which would be considerably more expensive. The issue is that the number of remote terminals in the network did not increase; the business case changed from 100 terminals on a single beam to 100 terminals on eight beams. So, the cost of the infrastructure was not viable to get the return on the satellite SPs’ investment.
Fortunately, iDirect solved the problem by working with the satellite operator to build the infrastructure and shared this with different SPs. Thus, the infrastructure costs were able to be shared across multiple business plans. Read More
SIS Live has delivered an HD satellite uplink truck to the British Army. SIS Live developed the truck for the army’s Media and Communications branch (AMC), which delivers HD footage from frontline operations to broadcasters and other media outlets.
The army commissioned SIS Live to produce an SNG truck which could be flown to any part of the world to by transmit footage via satellite, to broadcasters in the UK and beyond.
The vehicle has three distinct roles: an edit van, an SNG and as a mini OB van, with the ability to mix and play out live to air on a four-camera shoot.
The truck is based on a Mercedes Vito truck with a modified long wheel base which was large enough to meet the requirements for equipment and operational space, yet was light enough to be transported by military aircraft.
SIS worked closely with the RAF to ensure the vehicle complied with Defence Standards.
It has an easily-deployed, lightweight Ku band 1.2m DriveForce antenna linked to a SIS Live’ Uplink Management System, which incorporates its automated satellite booking system, uBook, with potential 24/7 access.
The vehicle is fully equipped for extensive editing and multi-function HD play-out facilities, with an iDirect multi-satellite network providing communications and internet connection. Continue>
The low-cost, high-performance capabilities of the Evolution X1 remote has made it an ideal option for applications such as distance learning, SCADA, substation automation, and pipeline monitoring. And now, it’s time to take its capabilities to even more markets.
The latest iDX 3.3.0 release brings new features to the X1, allowing our partners to serve markets such as retail, POS, and banking with the X1’s cost-effective price point.
iDX 3.3.0 brings support for additional protocols – such as NAT/PAT, cRTP for voice compression and geo-redundancy—and AES-256 Encryption. We will also be adding enhanced VLAN capabilities as well. With support for up to 8 VLANs, customers can differentiate service and service-level agreements (SLAs).
All of the new software features are backwards compatible with existing X1 remotes with an upgrade to iDX 3.3.0. To learn more, check out our latest video, a close up with Mirna Mekic, General Manager of Evolution Product Management, introducing iDX 3.3.0.