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Exciting News on iDirect iDX 3.0


Using satellite communications, customers face an ironic challenge when it comes to growth. The more satellite IP networks are adopted for core business communications, the more these networks can become difficult and costly to support.

While it’s ironic, the logic is simple. Greater reliability leads to greater volumes of network traffic and more dynamic applications.

The solution lies on two fronts: efficiency and flexibility. Bentley Walker are committed to investing in our iDirect Evolution networks to ensure efficient allocation of satellite capacity and to ensure  our platforms are able to adjust to customer demand trends.

The industry in general has recently seen several key innovations that have enabled Bentley Walker to increase bandwidth efficiency and offer better value to our customers. . The most significant of these was the introduction of DVB-S2. But a longer list of technologies– such as Adaptive Coding and Modulation, 2D 16-State inbound coding and Adaptive TDMA (all operating on Bentley Walker networks) is helping making our satellite networks much more efficient.  Continue>

Satellite Communication isn’t Too Exotic for the Smart Grid

From Electric Light & Power

By Bob Gohn, Pike Research

Satellite communication has long been used in utility networks to provide connectivity for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and applications such as voice, video and data to remote substation sites that other communications methods cannot reach economically. Despite this history, satellite communication often is viewed as an exotic technology and overlooked as a smart grid communications option.

Satellite communication recently has evolved in improving performance reliability and reducing costs. Satellite networks are now two-way communications systems built on Internet Protocol (IP) with broadband data rates. Next-generation coding standards have made satellite more reliable and cost-efficient. Satellite networking hardware has been engineered to meet next-generation carrier standards, integrating well with terrestrial wireless and wireline communications.  Continue>

Join iDirect for a TETRA Webinar

“iDirect and TETRA Networks: Find the Opportunity”

Register now

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 10-11 a.m. EST

Live Q&A

Join iDirect’s Director, Vertical Marketing, Richard Deasington, for an exclusive TETRA Network webinar.

You’ll learn about:

  •  What is TETRA?
  •  How big is the market opportunity and where are the growth areas?
  •  What iDirect can offer to TETRA network operators?
  •  What is the technical solution?
  •  What are the advantages of the iDirect solution?

Plus, get your own questions answered via our live, interactive Q&A session.

To learn more please contact an iDirect Account Representative.

Army Exercise Tests Communications On The Move

Mobile comm, network management and power systems examined

A recently concluded military communications exercise focused on mobile communications and networking across three continents.

The Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise, which took place in June, is an annual exercise run by the Army’s Communications Electronics Command to test new methods and techniques for running and managing joint and coalition networks.

There were three primary themes to this year’s event: expeditionary communications, pushing communications to the edge of the battlefield and CECOM’s transition from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. JUICE 2011 took place in three separate regions — North America, Asia/Hawaii and Europe — and involved 20 satellite communications shots, said John Caruso, chief executive agent for JUICE.  Continue>

Terrestrial Cable + VSAT = Full Coverage

From Communications Technology

As MSOs seek to make a play for enterprise and cellular backhaul service, an IP-based Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite platform could provide the means for extending past their current infrastructures.

“It’s a way for a cable operator to provide universal access to wherever a commercial customer wants to provide service,” says Richard Deasington, director/verticals marketing for iDirect, a satellite-based IP communications company.

In other words, operators gain reach into any location, even where it isn’t economically feasible to roll out fiber due to the remoteness or the unstable nature of the geography.

“Our customers use the satellite links to connect back to their headquarters offices or the Internet. Applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, browsing and virtual private network (VPN) are commonplace, thanks to the IP centricity of the technology,” adds James Trevelyan, head of sales, government and enterprise at Arqiva, which operates 20 hubs.  Continue>

Maritime and Satellite Communications Sector Collaborate to Enable Operational Improvements at Sea

Broadband Maritime Europe Conference Highlights Trends and Initiatives Involving International Ship Managers’ Association, GVF Maritime SatCom Forum, Stark Moore Macmillan & Other Key Sector Players 

LONDON – Collaborative efforts to improve maritime operations with cutting-edge communications were advanced recently during Broadband Maritime Europe 2011, where the international shipping and broadband satellite communications industries began co-ordinating on training, regulatory and other shared priorities.

The multi-sector programme was highlighted at GVF Broadband Maritime Europe 2011: Expanding Communications – Networking Solutions to the Arctic Horizon, which took place over28th & 29th June at the Strand Palace Hotel, London, with the sponsorship support of such prestigious satellite communications industry leaders as Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, ASTRA2Connect, and Comtech EF Data.  Continue>

iDirect’s webinar about the new Standard edition of SatManage: a simplified software offering

Thank you for attending our SatManage Standard Webinar. If you were unable to attend you can watch and listen to the playback here.

During the webinar we discussed how to:

  • Increase the efficiency of your network operations
  • Enhance customer management by offering differentiated tools and services
  • Improve quality by identifying, solving  and preventing network degradation

Designed for mid-tier operators, the newly announced SatManage Standard is an out-of-the box software offering designed for satellite operators with small- to medium-sized network deployments.

To learn more please contact an iDirect Account Representative.

Sky-Stream Upgrades VSAT System With iDirect Evolution Product Line To Offer On-Demand TV Service For Luxury Yachts

Efficiency gains help satellite service provider multicast news and entertainment channels across the Middle East and Indian Ocean

Herndon, Va., July 20, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that SkyStream FZ LLC, a Dubai-based provider of connectivity and satellite service solutions, has launched an on-demand TV service based on iDirect’s Evolution product line. SkyStream recently upgraded its satellite system with Evolution, allowing it to increase bandwidth efficiency without disrupting service for existing iNFINITI customers by operating both Evolution and iNFINITI networks on the same iDirect hub. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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Innovation and Opportunity in the Satellite IP Market

When iDirect entered the market over a decade ago, satellite was a non-IP technology. Our innovation was to develop an IP-based system that mirrored the quality and reliability of terrestrial communications. This changed the very nature of what satellite was capable of achieving. iDirect helped transform satellite from a technology of last resort to a diverse solution that can handle core network applications and take broadband into the heart of critical business, military and public sector operations.

For service providers, this was a major deal. They now had the technology to build a high-quality service that could generate fresh demand for satellite connectivity. And this led to another iDirect innovation: we made it affordable for service providers to the get into the satellite market and grow a business.

iDirect developed a modular, universal satellite platform. The goal was to get service providers into the market at a minimal cost, while equipping them with the advanced technology they need to develop a reliable service and capture revenue quickly.
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iDirect: A new look at advanced satellite solutions for Smart Grid implementation


The core tenants of the Smart Grid are reliability, efficiency, security, economic value and environmental viability. As utilities move toward embracing what is being touted as the most comprehensive shift in the energy business model, questions abound on how to best beat the technological curve while keeping costs and reliability under control.

Expectations are high for this advanced energy sector, but it is also understood that grid modernization is a process. Utilities are seeking tools that can service the industry throughout the entire course of its move to the Smart Grid. Communication, reliability and remote access are crucial to basic operations before, during and after Smart Grid implementation. Progress is being made in offering new technologies to meet the multifaceted needs of the energy industry during this transformation, and one of the companies taking the lead is iDirect.

iDirect offers a Satellite IP-based Intelligent Platform for Smart Grid implementation for utilities that is broad enough to meet evolving needs and focused enough to address the critical aspects of implementing Smart Grid technologies.  Continue>