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New Maritime VSAT Market Report

VSAT: Present and Future Research ReportiDirect 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. 
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TETRA – An untapped opportunity!

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington

Most readers will never have heard of it yet many may have had their lives saved by TETRA – Terrestrial Trunked Radio – the two-way radios used by emergency services, transportation organizations, utility companies and similar.  TETRA networks have a similar structure to their better known cousins – GSM networks – and were defined by the same standards body – the European Telecoms Standards Institute (ETSI). 

A key characteristic of TETRA networks is that they usually have to provide very extensive coverage so that police / fire / ambulance / utility services and the like can handle emergency calls at any location in a territory.  As for GSM – satellite can provide an economic and rapid means to deploy coverage in areas far away from telecoms infrastructure – either linking to permanent base stations in rural or remote locations or providing links to their rapid deploy truck mounted base-stations. 

Read our latest case study with Pro-M and HDT in Hungary showing how iDirect’s system enabled them to support first responders dealing with a record-breaking flood in 2010. 

TETRA networks can be found in all continents – more than 400 have been installed in at least 100 countries and many of these are candidates for either permanent remote cell sites and/or cells on wheels connected by satellite.  The one place you won’t find TETRA networks yet is in the US – but following lobbying by the utility industry the FCC have just permitted TETRA operation and so we can expect to see a flurry of new TETRA networks (and opportunities for iDirect network operators!) coming here soon.  Please contact Richard Deasington at iDirect for any help you need in pursuing these opportunities.

Optimize your Network with XipLink and iDirect

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. 
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XipLink Webinar Ready for Playback

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. 

We discussed:

  • 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!

SkyVision Launches iDirect Evolution Network To Expand VSAT Coverage In Africa

Provider deploys iDirect satellite hub in DRC to extend VPN service for corporate and government customers

Herndon, Va., May 30, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (SkyVision), a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, has expanded its VSAT coverage in Africa by launching an iDirect Evolution network. The provider has deployed an iDirect 5IF satellite hub in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), allowing it to extend its SkyVision VPN service to local government and enterprise customers. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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An iDirect Update From Nor-Shipping 2011

iDirect and MTN at Nor Shipping 2011A 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.

Come see us at CommunicAsia!

CommunicAsia 2011CommunicAsia 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
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Detecon Al Saudia Launches GEO-Redundant VSAT Service In Saudi Arabia Powered By iDirect’s Evolution Platform

Network will provide reliable IP connectivity for banks, government, enterprise and military organizations

Herndon, Va., May 24, 2011– iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Detecon Al Saudia, a provider of telecommunication and IT services to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, is launching a geo-redundant satellite service in Saudi Arabia based on iDirect’s Evolution product line. Detecon Al Saudia purchased and installed two iDirect series 15100 universal satellite hubs, one at its existing tier III+ datacenter facility in Riyadh and the other at a new backup datacenter in Jeddah. The network is designed to provide critical data communications backup for financial institutions, corporations, government agencies and military organizations. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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Maritime Becoming Prime Time For Satellite Companies

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.
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MSC’s IT/MIS department breaks new ground

Bill Becken speaks with Giuseppe Flammia, chief information officer, MSC Cruises, about its IT department’s innovative end-user and operational services.

He beams with the delight of one who has assisted thousands of cruise ship guests and management staff with their computer and technology needs. Giuseppe Flammia, MSC Cruises’ chief information officer, seems reassuringly conventional and confident of obtaining pretty cool results providing he is equipped with the right tools.

Flammia studied information science at the University of Salerno, Italy, and then completed several IBM telecommunications and security courses. He started as an IT specialist in finance and insurance. Indeed, he worked in a number of industries before joining MSC Group in 2003 as the IT infrastructure manager.

He was soon appointed head, corporate IT infrastructure, at the cruise line. From 2006 to 2008 he was acting chief information officer, and appointed to the post full time in 2008. He reports directly to the chief executive officer.

The division’s tasks and duties centre on technology management and implementation, from IT personnel, hardware, and reservation system development to operational software development, including inventory systems, accounting systems, web applications and security systems.  Continue>