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New iDirect Network Design iNDC 3.0 Training Class – Free!

Join us in our iDirect Network Design iNDC 3.0 training class. We have reworked and merged the iNDC and iS2 classes into a single class in order to streamline the presentation flow, and bring the Evolution® platform and the DVB-S2 outbound capability to the fore.

We have currently scheduled the following training dates:

  • Dubai: July 25 to 28
  • Johannesburg: Aug. 15 to 18
  • Eton/London: Aug. 22 to 25

The training is freereserve your seat here – and begins promptly at 9 a.m. each day.

Who should attend

The iDirect Network Design training is intended for our partners’ presales engineers, network designers and tender response groups to better understand the iDirect product capabilities, with a focus on product scalability, redundancy and reliability, efficiency and cost effectiveness, and network design and dimensioning issues.
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iDirect Is Part Of Smart Grid Dream Team


In our Smart Grid Dream Team Challenge you had your chance to propose a merger of two companies you think should be joined at the smart grid hip. Our editors pared the nominations to the selection that appears below; the words are those of the person who suggested the match. Check them out and then vote for the union you think could create the ultimate smart grid dream team.

  • GE and Silver Spring Networks — Two companies I see so closely aligned in terms of competency, compatibility, and vision that some may already view the demarcation line between them as being dotted rather than solid leads to my “Dream Team” nomination… GE and Silver Spring Networks. (More about GE smart grid)
  • Ambient and Cisco — Utilities Telecom Council gave Ambient Corp. a Top Smart Grid Award this year and Cisco could take them to new levels with a merger. (More about Cisco smart grid)
  • GE and Infrax Systems — GE should buy Infrax Systems.  They have a team of heavyweights … they have solutions that are recommended by several government agencies and keep upgrading to stay on top.
  • Silver Spring Networks and iDirect — I would suggest that a ROCKING pairing would be Silver Spring Networks and iDirect.  SSN still represents the “smartest guys in the room” approach to smart grid integration; and iDirect has the best next-gen satellite technology… Brains and beauty (a.k.a. ubiquity).  What’s not to like?

Successful SEVSAT communication network upgrade

Ship EquipShip Equip has carried out a major upgrade to ensure the continued network quality of the SEVSAT maritime communication system. The upgrade took place during week 17 and week 18 and involved the iDirect VSAT platform powering our SEVSAT solution.

Since the first SEVSAT installation was delivered in 2003, Ship Equip has been the world’s fastest growing VSAT provider, and today has close to 1000 systems on vessels in operation across a high number of networks. The number of vessels in a network varies, depending on location and traffic patterns. Some vessels are fairly stationary within a network; this is typically offshore vessels and short sea shipping vessels. Others constantly travel in between networks; this would typically be deep sea shipping vessels, offshore vessels being reassigned to new markets and fishing vessels following seasonal changes.
With the growing number of vessels and networks, the need to constantly organize and optimize networks has been ever increasing, to the point where Ship Equip decided to carry out the upgrade.  It will make it easier to tailor networks to specific vessel needs and sailing patterns, while improving the service towards the customers. Despite the extent and complexity of the upgrade very few problems were encountered.  Continue>

TechTalk: A Discussion With Greg Quiggle

From SatMagazine

With iDirect’s new TDMA and SCPC Return switching capability, service providers gain the flexibility to adjust service levels to meet dynamic application needs and changing traffic patterns, while maintaining an economical way to use total network capacity and optimize operational efficiencies.  Continue>

Advanced Analysis by MTN’s Kevin McCarthy

MTN Article - MITEFrom MITE June/July 2011

MTN Satelliteʼs Kevin McCarthy explains how powerful data-mining and troubleshooting tools have made the shore-side management of maritime satcoms more efficient

Back in 2001, MTN Satellite was one of the first satcoms suppliers that provided a ‘ship tracker portal’ to its maritime customers. ‘Today such a capability is taken for granted, but back then it was revolutionary,’ says Kevin McCarthy, the company’s senior VP of network engineering. ‘It was the first time customers could view the location of their vessels on a map, and quickly pull up key parameters such as signal strength and utilisation.’  Continue>

iDirect foresees smart grid role for satellite communications

smartgridSatellites orbiting at least 100 miles above Earth can provide DA, plus substation and AMI backhaul, in rural areas or rugged terrain where fiber does not easily reach, Richard Deasington, director of vertical markets for iDirect, of Herndon, Va, told us… Continue>

Talk Satellite interviews iDirect’s CMO Toni Lee Rudnicki

iDirect's Tony Lee Rudnicki

Listen in as Ms. Rudnicki discusses iDirect’s latest technological innovations with its iDX 3.0 software. For the first time SCPC and TDMA are on the same platform! This is a game changer for the industry as SCPC Return capability enables service providers to switch any Evolution router back and forth between TDMA and SCPC based on dynamic bandwidth requirements. SCPC Return Channel was developed to equip service providers with the flexibility required to support dynamic customer networks, and will enable them to capture new revenue opportunities and lower operational costs. With this technology, providers can pool total capacity and distribute it more effectively across their customer base.

Ms. Rudnicki describes how this software can improve the relevance of the services you offer and the impact on the industry in this short interview. You can read more about iDX 3.0 here.

Ship Equip with breakthrough contract in Shanghai, China

The opening of the Ship Equip Shanghai Office in 2010 has proved successful with the first contract signed on May 10th with Ningbo HaiZhiXing Ocean Fishery. The contract was signed during a new Technology & Product Conference held in Shanghai by Ship Equip and partner company Beijing Highlander.

The company Ningbo HaiZhiXing Ocean Fishery Co,. Ltd.,  is a Ministry of Agriculture qualified large-scale offshore fishing enterprise who owns 16 professional offshore squid fishing vessels, and has 6 more being built.  HaiZhiXing operates in high seas of the Southeast Pacific (Peru), North Pacific and Southwest Atlantic (Argentina). It is Ship Equip’s first deal in the Chinese market and the SEVSAT system is to be installed on Ningbo HaiZhiXing fishing vessel “HaiZhiXing 805”. Subsequently the system is scheduled to be installed on all their newbuilds. 

“We see the Chinese Market as a huge opportunity” says Mr. Wesley Tham, Managing Director Ship Equip Asia-Pacific. “Our Shanghai office has just been set up when this early contract is signed. I take it as a clear proof that our SEVSAT system is very attractive, and that whether you are in Asia or any other continent the need for communication is equally present” Mr. Tham points out. 
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iDirect at the Femtocell World Summit in London this week

Femtocell World Summit By Richard Deasington

Astounding statistic of the week: Cisco predicts that data usage will multiply 26 times between now and 2015! While new technologies such as 4G LTE will help by increasing the spectral efficiency and the move to digital television will free up some useful bandwidth – it won’t be enough.  The only way to get more throughput is to put the users closer to the cell sites and to have many more of them.

Is this good news for satellite – and iDirect in particular? Yes! iDirect is in the vanguard of working with both operators and cellular network vendors in validating iDirect satellite connectivity as a key part of the backhaul portfolio for Femto as well as classic Macro cell sites.  Only iDirect’s established performance as the leader in providing high quality voice links with leading bandwidth efficiency will adequately support Femto connectivity.

Taking high-speed mobile Internet and voice access to remote and rural sites has three key requirements: sites, power and backhaul.  Often the latter is the limiting factor – these remote and rural locations are exactly where it’s often hardest to find ADSL or cable TV connectivity for backhaul – of course satellite can reach them with ease.

For more information contact Richard Deasington, director of vertical markets, iDirect.

The Power of SCPC Return and Multi-Channel Demod

SCPC Tech BriefiDirect’s newly released SCPC Return capability enables service providers to operate Evolution® routers in DVB-S2/ACM outbound and in either TDMA or SCPC Return mode. With this new innovative switching capability, introduced as part of iDX 3.0, service providers gain the flexibility to adjust service levels to dynamic applications and changing traffic patterns, while maintaining an economical way to utilize total network capacity and optimize operational efficiencies. 

Another important feature of iDX 3.0 is adding a Multi-Channel Demod capability to Evolution® line cards. An Evolution XLC-M or eM0DM line card can now support 4 or 8 return channels with the appropriate software license key available in iDX 3.0. This multi-channel demod capability of operating multiple return channels on the same line card allows service providers to take advantage of efficiencies in their hub infrastructure of up to 40% due to fewer line cards and chassis space needed.

Read more to understand the true capabilities of SCPC Return and the Multi-channel Demod line card.