We are live at Satellite 2011! Earlier today, Greg Quiggle gave a presentation on iDX 3.0, iDirect’s soon-to-be-released software that brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. Mike Patullo also presented SatManage, our award-winning operations support system (OSS). Both sessions were very well attended. To catch these demos tomorrow, come by the iDirect booth #709 at 11:30am and 2:30pm for iDX 3.0 and 12:30pm and 3:30pm for SatManage.
Come join us today from 4-6pm for our iDX 3.0 Preview Party in meeting room 209C to learn more about iDX 3.0 and meet the team behind this landmark release. Get your admission ticket from any iDirect representative at the show.
Visit us at booth #709 all week to learn more about our exciting announcements!
CTOs for the satellite industry’s leading companies met this morning at 7:30 for a breakfast discussion on trends driving the development and adoption of new technologies in the satellite Industry.
“For 7:30 on a Monday morning in downtown DC I was extremely impressed with the turn out,” said iDirect’s CTO, David Bettinger. “We must have had 100 people in the audience.”
Greg Berlocher, president of TGN, as panel moderator, asked the panelist to introduce themselves and their companies then led into the discussions around several technology and market trends. The two major topics that garnered most of the discussion were:
Satellite 2011 is on its way! Set up was messy as usual and it’s amazing that everything gets done on time and looking great. Satellite 2011 hosted its 30th anniversary party Monday night and some exhibitors were able to take a break to greet old friends. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the start!
Satellite 2011 starts today and iDirect has a lot of exciting activities planned. Please join us for these events:
Monday, March 14
Room 209B at 7:30 a.m.
Engineering 2011: CTO Roundtable Breakfast: Technology Leaders
Come see iDirect’s Dave Bettinger
Room 143A at 1:30 p.m.
GVF Presents Emerging Markets: Maritime Satcom Strategies
iDirect’s Christian Bergan is a panelist
John Ratigan is the President of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a satellite-based IP communications company that transforms the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian government agencies get and stay connected. He started the Federal group for iDirect Technologies in 2003 which resulted in establishing iGT as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2007. Under his leadership, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth and has deployed thousands of terminals in support of military operations throughout South West Asia, as well as well as many civilian networks.
John brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena to the Company. Prior to joining iGT, he ran the east coast operations for Fairchild Data, and EF DATA, and eventually partnered in his own company that helped EF DATA grow from $20 million to $120 million in revenue and 700 employees between 1992 and 2000. EFDATA became the preeminent leader in SCPC satellite technology in the late 1990s and provided John the baseline knowledge and expertise that would later benefit him in his role with iGT and the migration of technology into TDMA. In addition to starting his own company, he held the position of Senior Vice president of North and South American sales for the start-up, Broadlogic, just as companies started to run IP directly over satellite.
On Wednesday, March 2, we held a “Defence Technology Day” at our UK office. We showcased iDirect’s defence product line and our technology advances to over 40 customers. Customers could choose different technology tracks and product demos and had the opportunity to learn more about our partner solutions, such as Network Acceleration from Xiplink and Remote Management from Uplogix. Attendees also had the opportunity to view a display of fly-away antenna systems and get a preview of new ultra-portable antenna terminals that are fully integrated with an iDirect iConnex board. This was showcased by our partners from SIS, Paradigm Services and Sematron.
During SATELLITE 2011, GVF will be hosting a “Maritime Satcom Strategies” Seminar on Monday, March 14 as part of the Pre-Conference Program GVF Presents: Emerging Markets. Scott Chase interviewed seminar chairman Simon Bull, senior consultant at COMSYS and chairman of the newly-formed GVF Maritime Satcom Forum.
Scott Chase: If you had to name the three biggest trends in the maritime satellite communications market, what would they be?
Simon Bull: Without doubt, I would say that the three biggest trends are maritime satellite service providers’ shift from serving regional markets to addressing deep-ocean vessels; increasing demand for smaller antennas, which are being implemented in an attempt to reduce capital cost; and rapidly increasing bandwidth demands.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, iDirect held a webinar, “Cellular Backhaul in Today’s Environment” with iDirect’s Director, Verticals Marketing, Richard Deasington. In case you missed it, you can watch it here: www.iDirect.net/webinar
CABSAT was held Feb. 8-10, and it was a busy show for iDirect. We spent a lot of time demonstrating our SatManage product and our new booth proved its worth with its classroom-style seating area. Attendees stop at our booth to learn how SatManage, our web-based software solution, can automate, monitor, and integrate hybrid networks and NOC-based applications, serving to enable large-scale, complex networks to run more efficiently.
March 14 – 17, 2011
By all accounts, Satellite 2011 is shaping up to be the headliner event of the year, with record-breaking attendance likely to exceed 10,000. There’s no better place to come together with the brightest minds in the global satellite community. The challenge is, with so much to see and do, how to make best use of your time.
As a major sponsor of Satellite 2011, here’s a heads up of what you can expect to see from iDirect.