iDirect has just released the findings of a major research project focused on VSAT communications in the maritime market. The survey was conducted by a third party consulting firm Stark Moore MacMillan whose background and knowledge of the maritime industry allowed them to undertake this project and provide detailed insights about the current market for satellite communications.
The research involved interviews with over 60 different maritime shipping companies from all regions of the world. The goal of the research was to understand the potential for VSAT, the knowledge and understanding of the technology, and the drivers and barriers to fitting VSAT. The companies interviewed comprise over 13% of the world’s commercial trading fleet over 1,000GT with a pretty even distribution between those companies that had adopted VSAT and those companies that had not yet fitted the technology.
iDirect recently introduced XipLink XA appliances to its product portfolio to provide IP optimization. This was led by the introduction of XipLink Hub Optimizations (XHO) for single-sided compression for web traffic, but there are more benefits from two-way solutions that bracket both sides of the iDirect network. One benefit is optimizing your VoIP and other UDP, using Xiplink Real Time or XRT, to save up to 50% bandwidth and increase the scale of your iDirect network. These bandwidth savings are achieved without compromising voice quality, which is critical in ensuring user satisfaction.
XipLink Real Time (“XRT”) is an optimization capability that compresses headers, and coalesces and prioritizes VOIP and UDP for significantly more bandwidth and packet efficiency. XRT optimizes any small IP packets, in particular VoIP, and Skype or other UDP/TCP applications. Benefits are not just bandwidth reduction, but a dramatic drop in the PPS through the network for increased scalability; plus, it works in coordination with the iDirect GQoS solution.
XRT first uses Robust Header Compression (ROHC), the most modern technique for header compression. It has the ability to compress IP, UDP and RTP headers. A typical VOIP call will be reduced from 40 bytes (IP/UDP/RTP) of header to six or less with ROHC.
On Tuesday, May 24, iDirect held a webinar, “iDirect’s New Optimization Solutions from XipLink,” with XipLink’s CEO Jack Waters and a few special guests. In case you missed it, you can watch it here.
- XipLink Hub Optimization (XHO) solution – provides compressed http traffic that enables operators to reduce bandwidth by up to 30 percent
- XipLink Real-Time (XRT) UDP optimization software – optimize your network through dramatic data packet efficiency improvement with an up to four times reduction in small UDP packets
- Reducing expenses and increasing your competitiveness in the marketplace
We also had an informative Q&A session, so tune in!
Thanks to all who participated!
A team from iDirect descended on Oslo, Norway this week to attend the Nor-Shipping exhibition. Nor-Shipping is one of the largest maritime shipping exhibitions in the world as over 30,000 people attend this 4 day event that takes place every two years. VSAT plays a major role in the maritime industry providing the necessary connectivity to improve the life of mariners at sea while increasing the productivity and business processes on board a vessel. Numerous iDirect partners exhibit at this event and it provided a great opportunity for the iDirect maritime team to catch up with those partners. It also provided a chance to check out some of the latest in technology and services being offered for maritime communications.
Wednesday evening, May 25th we hosted a dinner event for our service provider partners to thank them for their continued support in this growing market. We value the effort our partners make to promote iDirect and to build their maritime services on our platform. The feedback we receive at a show like this is very important as it gives us greater insight into the market requirements for our technology and a closer link with our partners and the ultimate end user of the iDirect equipment. Maritime will continue to be an important market for VSAT communications and we will continue to develop unique solutions to serve the increasing demand for broadband services.
We’ve posted pictures of the event and VIP dinner here.
CommunicAsia 2011 is right around the corner! With close to 40,000 trade attendees expected to participate, it is Asia’s largest Information and Communications Technology platform. Highly acclaimed as the choice business platform in Asia for many of the world’s biggest satellite companies, CommunicAsia2011 has not only brought back all the big names but has also attracted many more satellite communications companies. Start making your game plan now!
iDirect’s soon-to-be-released iDX 3.0 software brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. At the show you can be the first to see the behind-the-scenes of this exciting software release. Building on the power of the industry-leading Evolution® technology, iDX 3.0 is loaded with all the abilities you need to thrive in any industry, any network configuration. Stop by for a demonstration at stand 1N3-07. And be sure to stick around for our VIP customer reception on Tuesday, June 21, 16.00-18.00. Join us and learn more about iDX 3.0 – direct from the team behind this landmark release.
There’s lots more going on at iDirect stand #1N3-07 …
By Mark Holmes – Via Satellite
With demands for bandwidth set to increase, satellite players are vying to supply the crowded maritime sector with more effective communications solutions, as shipping operators look to satellite to boost their performance.
Maritime is one of the most exciting sectors for satellite companies, as shipping companies look to beef up their communications and entertainment capabilities. Improved connectivity is becoming a vital tool for improving overall efficiency and reducing costs as well as retaining an experienced crew, important considerations for shipping operators during tough economic times.