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Aero Service Levels are Measured in More than Megabytes

Denis SutherlandIn-flight connectivity is becoming a standard expectation of modern air travel. From passengers watching live television and pilots checking weather patterns to crewmembers swiping credit cards and monitoring fuel levels, VSAT networks are driving loyalty, revenue and productivity.

Recently I presented at the GVF AERO Connect 2016 conference it was not a surprise that everyone wants more. And that more is going to come from HTS capacity translated into networks that can run at hundreds of Mbps. NSR reports that 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from High Throughput Satellites by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue.

But here’s the catch. High-quality airline connectivity cannot be boiled down simply to the speed of a satellite router. At iDirect, we believe that the ultimate guarantee of service performance depends a complete solution that will meet the demanding expectations of in-flight connectivity.

We heard from leading satellite operator that the key challenge is managing complex SLAs across a large coverage area that spans multiple spot beams. Think of hundreds of airlines all needing different bandwidth levels as they soar across spot beams and dish out bandwidth to diverse users onboard running dynamic applications. That’s incredibly difficult. And if not done well, it doesn’t matter how many megabytes a router can handle. Read More

High-Performance Defence Remotes Ready for Action

The world’s defence organizations are expanding their reliance on satellite communications. And satellite technology in turn is being significantly enhanced to serve the mission.

Next week at Global MilSatCom 2016 in London, iDirect will showcase its latest lineup of defence remotes – the 9-series. From new man-pack terminals to next-gen aero remotes, the 9-series delivers new levels of performance, efficiency and security. Here’s a quick preview.

  • The 9-series lineup includes the iDirect 900/9350 Series Satellite Routers that provide unprecedented performance, dual demodulators and greater bandwidth efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date, with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2 and Adaptive TDMA and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support of 29 Msps with Adaptive SCPC. The 9350 also features a multi-core processor, embedded 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, dual demodulators, and an LCD display. The 900 is a board-level remote and features the same capabilities as the 9350, with the added ability for custom terminal integration.
  • The iDirect 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board is designed for portable communications-on-the-move (COTM) solutions. The 950mp features an overall 30% reduction in size, weight and power (SWaP) and iDirect Transmit Key Line to further reduce power consumption. It also features embedded FIPS 140-2 Level 3 encryption and is designed to operate within all Ku-, C-, Ka- and X-bands including Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) frequency ranges, providing flexibility in secure network deployments.
  • The 980 Airborne Integrated Satellite Router Board is a board-level router, designed for ultra-high speed airborne applications (up to 1,000 mph). Its improved performance, dual demodulators for seamless beam-switching, spread spectrum returns and skew angle compensation support aeronautical operations, enabling the use of ultra-small and phased-array antennas on military aircraft.
  • The iDirect 9800 AE and 9800 AR Airborne Satellite Routers incorporate the powerful 980 board-level router. Available in two form factors, ARINC 600 Enclosure (AE) and 1RU Rack Mount (AR), they are designed to meet the stringent certifications required for installation on aircraft. With its upgraded performance, security and efficiency features, this series is primed to protect military-grade communications.

The 9-series is designed to coexist with the e8000 series remotes, enabling a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Read More

The Three [New] A’s in Global MilSatcom

Dave DavisBy Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe

The nights are drawing in, the mornings are becoming crisp and there’s a definite autumnal feel to the weather as I walk through the London streets. To me, this always means that Global MilSatcom is once upon us. Global MilSatcom is the premier event in the global MilSatcom community, with updates from around the world, some great speakers, new technologies, and doubtless some technological and commercial announcements from the VSAT industry.

In previous blogs, I’ve talked about the core ARC requirements for MilSatcom: Affordability, Resilience and Capability and these are just as relevant now. The crises management will be a combination of ad hoc and longer-term measures. In many part of the world, governments, NGOs and MoDs will continue to fight to solve the humanitarian problems, and stop terrorism at its root in the conflict areas and in-country. That’s where capability and resiliency come in and become an integral part of the solutions for MoDs. For these operations, government agencies need assets on land, sea and in the air. Longer-term solutions are problem resolution in problematic regions and nations stabilizing again at political, social and economic levels such as education, elections, health care, human rights and economic development. These will go hand-in-hand with installing border security networks and training police and defense agencies to maintain security.

This is where Affordability comes in and I also predict three new A’s as well; Antennas, Aviation and Autonomy – the three subjects which I think will provide some noteworthy advances in the coming year.

Antennas are becoming smaller, more efficient and much more discreet. I expect to see a revolution in the coming years, especially in mobile and aeronautical antenna systems. Aviation is a hot topic and it is still proving to be the next big market for expansion. The recent GX Aviation global tour was a groundbreaking demonstration of the art of the possible. Autonomy is another hot topic and the world of autonomous vehicles is very much in the defence world to stay with the MAST project and the Unmanned Warrior Exercise. Read More

From HQ to My Hometown (#DCtoUK)

By Dave Davis, Sr. Systems Engineer, iDirect Europe

American Football. I’ll hereafter refer to it as “football”. The other kind of football, I call soccer. Let’s not get hung up on the name; if you want a real debate on this, I’m a Rugby fan, so that’s the “Real Football” in my eyes. And then there’s a debate on which code of Rugby…

Dave Davis RedskinsLet’s just leave it there…

I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan since I was a young lad. In the 1980s, football was first aired on Channel 4. It was at the time a new channel, added to the other 3 we had available. Oh how things have changed. It was then that the Redskins caught my eye. The skill and grace of Joe Theismann, the speed and agility of Art Monk, the raw power of “The Diesel”, John Riggins and the metronomic reliability of Mark Moseley’s kicking. All under the watchful eye and the management of the Legend Joe Gibbs. *sigh* Those were goooood days. Since then, it’s been pretty slim pickings to be honest, but I’ve stuck with them through thick and thin. At this point, if I’ve lost any soccer fans, think of supporting Liverpool in the 80’s and then sticking with them ever since. Or Moseley if you’re a Rugby fan…

Wind forward *cough* years and here I am working for a company based just a short metro ride from the FedEx Field, home of the Redskins. I’ve been lucky enough to be over in my HQ when a home game’s scheduled and I’ve been able to get to the FedEx to see them up close and personal. It was an amazing experience and I was fortunate enough to be there when they came back to win from the biggest deficit they’d ever fought back from.

On Sunday 30 October 2016, The Redskins are coming to the UK, Wembley (home of soccer) to play the Cincinnati Bengals. Read More

Regional Market Trends and Headlines: Latin America

Darren LudingtonBy Darren Ludington, Senior Director of Sales, LatAm, iDirect

Recognizing the significant social and economic benefits, governments across the region have taken the lead in extending broadband Internet services for greater accessibility to the entire population. Today, it’s fair to say that satellite is becoming the standard for rural communications across Latin America.

Satellite offers many advantages to the LatAm region, starting with reliable, immediate coverage. Service providers can deliver high-speed, secure connections to any locale, for any application, creating an intelligent path forward for new distance-learning opportunities, business continuity for retailers, and cost effective mobile backhaul. Read on to hear our take on these trends and more, and visit our expert team this week at Futurecom 2016 – we’ll be at Stand F18, starting today!

Market Headlines: 

Government: New Initiatives Advance Educational Opportunities  

As mentioned, substantial investments by local governments across the region have made access to and use of mobile broadband more pervasive. Today we’re beginning to see a greater level of collaboration between local governments and mobile operators, creating promising new mobile broadband initiatives particularly in education and enterprise markets.

african-internet-cafeResidents in remote Bahía Solano, Colombia, rely on VSAT connectivity provided by SkyNet de Colombia to not only gain knowledge about the world, but to educate the world about their community. Young adults from this community upload their own personal videos so that they can share their experiences with the world.

One such example comes from SkyNet de Colombia, one of the fastest growing satellite operators in Latin America serving markets including government, military, enterprise, and disaster and emergency response agencies. SkyNet is involved in an ambitious government-funded initiative called Kioscos Vive Digital. Read More

There’s a lot to talk about at Futurecom

We look forward to spending time with many of our partners at Futurecom 2016, starting October 17.  This event is an ideal opportunity to hear all the latest news from iDirect!

Join iDirect at Stand F18

Whether on land, sea or air – the iDirect platform was designed to meet any and every market requirement. Learn how you can seize new business opportunities across LatAm with leading products and technology such as:

iDirect SatHaul®

iDirect SatHaul empowers mobile operators around the world to cost-effectively connect remote and rural areas with voice and high-speed data.  This solution combines the latest in satellite infrastructure with advanced transmission techniques to offer the most profitable business case for 2G, 3G and 4G over satellite. With satellite increasingly becoming the standard for rural communications across LatAm, this solution is particularly exciting – enabling mobile operators to cost-effectively capitalize on new high throughput capabilities, while providing the best experience for end customers.

End-to-End Perspectives - iDirect

Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS)

L2oS makes it possible for satellite to work seamlessly with other telecommunications access technologies. In fact, let us recommend some excellent ‘travel reading’ for you this coming weekend. Check out End-to-End Perspectives to learn how L2oS is enabling new levels of flexibility and transparency, opening the door to next-generation satellite service delivery models for leading partners such as Verizon, BT Global Services and Intelsat. Read More

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko at SatComRus 2016 to Discuss the New Economic Realities of Satellite

Nikita DemidenkoIf you’re in Moscow on Oct. 6, stop by the SatComRus 2016 show at the Hotel InterContinental. One of the bigger shows in Russia, it focuses on the region’s development of satellite communications and broadcasting.

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko*, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in a panel during session two at 12:30: Industrial Internet: Is the Domestic Satellite Communication Industry Ready for a New Economic Reality?

Mr. Demidenko will cover the Internet of Things and whether satellite has a role in this market or if this is a passing fad.

Not into passing fads, but rather enduring trends, iDirect has already pulled the future into the present with its latest embedded compute remote series, built with extra processing power and memory to run value-added software without impacting performance.

Internet of Things

But where is the market for such services? Is your company ready? Read More

Live from Monaco Yacht Show: Kymeta, VT iDirect, Panasonic and Intelsat demo high-speed VSAT system, delivering Internet and TV service over first-of-its-kind flat panel antenna

KymetaiDirect has partnered with flat-panel antenna manufacturer Kymeta and Panasonic Avionics to host a live network demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The demo will stream Panasonic’s eXTV service, as well as Skype sessions and Internet access, running over iDirect’s new high-performance 9350 remote router, which will be connected to Kymeta’s new ultra-sleek flat-panel antenna subsystem module (ASM).

The demo is located in front of Restaurant Le Virage. Streaming TV and free Wi-Fi can be experienced in the VIP lounge during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept 30 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The demo is enabled by the iDirect 9350 satellite remote. With the 9350, iDirect introduces a new class of remote ideal for the high-throughput expectations. Targeted at the high-end commercial mobility markets, the 9350 initially features up to 150Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC.

Kymeta’s ground-breaking mTenna technology is a lightweight, metamaterials-based flat-panel ASM that can be recessed into the structure of super yachts making the ASM invisible. By using metamaterials as the basis of the design instead of a phased array approach the Kymeta ASM consumes an extraordinarily low amount of power – in fact, less than 15 Watts (that’s right, not kilowatts).

The Kymeta solution can scale with the use of the Kymeta antenna combiner to enable significantly higher Internet connection speeds than legacy maritime communications systems and is designed for next-generation GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Read More

Making Waves at SMM in Hamburg

Denis SutherlandIf you’re going to be at SMM, the International Maritime Trade Fair in Hamburg, Germany, this week, be sure to stop by and hear Denis Sutherland, Director, Business Development, iDirect, speak about “Advances in Modem Technology.” He’ll be joined on a panel hosted by Speedcast Ltd and Gottlieb International Group, Maritime VSAT: Buy Now or Wait for Tomorrow? along with SES, Iridium Communications, Speedcast and others on Wednesday, 7 September at 2 p.m.

The maritime opportunity has exploded over the past few years. Today, more maritime vessels are online than ever before. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, the global addressable market for Satcoms, which today stands at 347,800 vessels, will reach 434,800 vessels by 2025.

With eight of the top-10 maritime satellite service providers, according to NSR, relying on iDirect technology, iDirect continues to play a critical role in the maritime industry developing the perfect components that provide the highest range of throughput to meet all customer requirements, while continuously innovating on more efficient waveforms such as DVB-S2X on its existing Evolution platform.  This started with the release of the next-generation Universal Line Cards (ULCs) and 9-Series portfolio of remotes. The technology is designed to take advantage of elevated capacity and throughput levels in order to help achieve optimal performance, and capture the exciting new market opportunities that come with HTS.

Mr. Sutherland will discuss the power of high throughput satellites and its advances in the industry, managing global bandwidth, group service plans, our mobility remote portfolio showing you iDirect’s path to the connected ship.

Don’t miss:

SMM Denis Sutherland Buy Now or Wait for Tomorrow? 7 September, 2 p.m.

Kymeta mTenna® Technology To Provide New Options For The Future Of Superyacht Design

Kymeta

Workshops during London’s Superyacht Design Week will demonstrate how flat panel  satellite antenna solutions can replace unsightly and heavy domes, enabling sleeker superyacht designs

REDMOND, Washington – June 27, 2016 – Kymeta® is showcasing the future of superyacht design with new technology that will deliver on the promise of global, mobile connectivity and entertainment while eliminating the need for bulky and unsightly dome antennas. Kymeta’s metamaterial-based, lightweight, flat and thin antenna design will allow superyacht designers to embed the antenna into the superstructure of a vessel, allowing for beautiful, streamlined aesthetics like never before.

Kymeta and its partners, Panasonic, iDirect and e3 Systems created the “no dome” yacht design for the future, which will be on display during Superyacht Design Week in London, England, June 28-30, 2016. With immersive workshops, onsite 3-D demos and a prototype antenna, designers will begin to imagine the future of superyacht designs using the new satellite antenna technology. The winner of the Young Designer of the Year in 2012, Ben Julian Toth, will be showcasing his design concepts for no-dome designs at the workshop as well.

“Ultimately, superyacht designers and owners desire amazing designs, while at the same time having access to uninhibited global connectivity and entertainment,” said Håkan Olsson, Vice President, Maritime, Kymeta. “Prototypes of Kymeta’s flat panel antenna have already been successfully tested on yachts and in cars, and we are excited to expand our engagement with the superyacht industry for new builds and refits as we move towards commercial availability in 2017.” Continue>