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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>

One Box Solutions: Bringing XipLink™ to iDirect’s X7-EC

Watch it now: XipLink CEO Jack Waters stopped by iDirect’s booth during Satellite 2016 and discussed the XipLink application on the X7-EC with Terry Neumann.

Satellite service providers have long valued XipLink’s suite of tools to resolve problems related to acceleration, compression and optimization to better utilize bandwidth and provide more efficient operation. Plus, the end-user experience is boosted through faster response times.

Normally, deploying XipLink technology requires installing separate hardware at the remote location – but this isn’t always possible and it adds complexity.

A Single-Box Solution

So iDirect worked with XipLink to offer its Virtual (XV) Optimization as an application that can be directly loaded into iDirect’s X7-EC embedded computing remote.

The X7-EC makes it far easier for service providers to utilize XipLink as part of an integrated, consolidated solution. The flexibility of installing one physical remote that can run additional third-party software to deliver specialized services is compelling.

XipLink capabilities such as TCP acceleration, data compression, link bonding and balancing, packet coalescing, and byte caching allow service providers to build a stronger business case for using satellite to support many different enterprise needs.

To learn more about the EC series, attend our upcoming webinar, “Bringing Powerful Applications to the Service Edge,” on June 14. Register here.

See iDirect at CommunicAsia 2016

iDirect at CommunicAsia 2016Join iDirect at Stand 1P3-01 at CommunicAsia 2016 to learn how we can help you gain the highest performance, achieve the greatest efficiencies, and capture maximum opportunities with your iDirect service.

We are innovating on all fronts, so stop by to see:

  • New Universal Line Cards (ULCs) with higher MODCODS and 4x return capacity – DVB-S2X ready
  • Range of high powered flexible remotes for all markets, including a new preview of our next generation DVB-S2X remote
  • Our highly scalable network management system, iDirect Pulse®, that enables enterprise scalability to support large networks, and enhances mobility management to simplify complex networks
  • Solutions that enable seamless end-to-end services, optimizations and improved user experience

Visit us at Stand 1P3-01 to see how we are enabling solutions that will allow you to offer advanced VSAT services across all markets with your iDirect platform. Read More

A Secure 4G/LTE Backhaul Experience Shouldn’t Compromise Throughput

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington, Director of Market Development at iDirect

Global demand for 4G/LTE services has hit a new threshold. No matter the location—urban, rural or remote—user expectations remain the same: high speed and high quality, no compromise. This means that mobile operators are tasked with building-out networks that meet end-user expectations, yet still ensure privacy of the data being transmitted across the network.

However, this presents a difficult challenge for those that must leverage satellite for remote and rural locations or for emergency response networks. For satellite, achieving this level of security often comes at the cost of speed and efficiency.

Here’s the difficulty: Previous generations of networking technology encryption were provided from the handset to the RNC – within the core network. LTE has changed this configuration, moving the RNC functionality out to the edge of the network. This has been done in order to improve efficiency and reduce the latency. The resulting effect is that now the LTE base station processes the clear text of all traffic.

When it comes to backhauling this traffic to the network, the recommendation by the 3GPP is to carry all traffic from the base station inside an IPsec tunnel back to the security gateway in the core network. This, according to 3GPP specifications, ensures security.

Breaking the Norm

A standard LTE implementation uses IPsec to secure all communications by authenticating and encrypting the data from the LTE eNodeB through the network to the Security Gateway in the EPC. In the past, optimizing this encrypted traffic over a satellite link was not possible as the encryption process scrambled all the information being carried. Read More

Inmarsat Performs Live Global Xpress Broadcast from Rio de Janeiro

From Via Satellite

Inmarsat-at-NAB-2016Inmarsat is performing its first transcontinental live demonstration of Global Xpress (GX) broadcast capabilities during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The demonstration features a live broadcast from Rio de Janeiro via GX.

Following the launch of its Global Xpress service for broadcasters last month, and combined with a portfolio of L-band newsgathering solutions, Inmarsat will deliver enhanced, tailored solutions for mobile journalists, broadcasters and content creators, in conjunction with its channel partners and third party software and service providers. Continue>

Satellite 2016 – Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us at Satellite. We enjoyed showing you our latest and greatest technology and explaining the ways we will all grow together this year. Whether it was our innovative Universal Line Cards that have higher MODCODs with 4x return capacity and are DVB-S2X ready; our newest EC and 9-Series Remotes that include the fastest TDMA remote in iDirect history; or a demo of our new highly scalable network management system, iDirect Pulse®, this year is an exciting time to be partnered in the industry.

The demand for connectivity around the global has never been greater and satellite has a clear role to play in meeting that demand. As more capacity comes online and the pace of innovation in our industry continues to accelerate, iDirect is ready with solutions to enable you to deliver services across all industries, whether enterprise, aero, cellular backhaul, or mobility, and to every location around the world.

Please enjoy this video as an extra “Thank You” for your partnership!

We look forward to a successful 2016 together.

iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign Named Best in the Industry for 2015 by Via Satellite

AwardMulti-media program centered on market education and industry engagement wins 2015 Excellence Award for Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year

VT iDirect was the recipient of the 2015 Integrated Marketing Campaign of the Year award from Via Satellite, as part of the publication’s 2015 Excellence Awards. iDirect’s multi-faceted campaign involved nine partners to educate and engage the global maritime VSAT market on key business and technology trends. The prestigious industry award recognizes the best integrated marketing campaign to bolster a unified message in both online and offline environments.

The iDirect Maritime Leadership Campaign leveraged print and online media, digital publishing, social media and email to generate an industry dialogue on the growing role of VSAT in the global maritime market. After kicking off the campaign with a digital feature as part of the September 2015 issue of Via Satellite, which reached 25,000, iDirect elevated the reach of the message by tapping into its nearly 13,000 followers across social media platforms and almost 14,000 blog subscribers.

A powerful component to the campaign involved the ongoing participation and engagement of iDirect partners Airbus Defence & Space/Marlink, Globecomm, Harris CapRock, Orange Business Services, RigNet, Speedcast, Inmarsat, Intelsat and Telenor. Executives from these market-leading satellite operators and service providers contributed key opinions and insights on current trends and future opportunities through a dedicated four-part blog series, which garnered more than 10,000 views on the iDirect website. Read More

iDirect Next-Generation Ground Infrastructure Powers New OmniAccess Super Yacht and Boutique Cruise VSAT Service

DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and remotes exceeding 140 Mbps aggregate throughput set new standard for bandwidth aboard luxury ships

Herndon, VA, March 9, 2016 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess, a leading provider of VSAT services to the luxury yacht market, is launching its Broadbeam nextGen VSAT service using iDirect’s latest Evolution technology. OmniAccess will be the first to leverage iDirect’s new DVB-S2X-ready universal line cards and new 9350 satellite remote, which exceeds 140 Mbps aggregate throughput. This next generation VSAT service will meet the ever-increasing demand for connectivity aboard super yachts worldwide. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

A new expectation for connectivity exists amongst luxury super yacht and cruise ship passengers today. Service providers must be able to accommodate multiple devices streaming high-definition video and running voice and data applications, all at a low-cost, high quality level of delivery.

With the debut of its next-generation extreme-throughput VSAT service, OmniAccess will leverage iDirect’s technology developments to introduce Broadbeam nextGen, a new and unique triple-play service offering in the yacht market that will enable HD and UHD/4K PlexusTV streaming, as well as unparalleled bandwidths and premium VoIP services.

Building this next-generation service requires a new level of technology that is equipped to handle an unwavering acceleration of throughput requirements. iDirect’s new Universal line cards is the most powerful to date, with return line cards that will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 30Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps and 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency. The new transmit line card is software upgradable to DVB-S2X and will feature a powerful combination of 32APSK MODCODs and embedded pre-distortion, which helps OmniAccess realize new efficiency and performance gains when operating on fully saturated transponders. Read More

iDirect Partner Perspective: Integrasys

Alvaro pictureAlvaro Sanchez, Sales Manager, Satellite Monitoring Systems, Integrasys SA, shares news of big customer wins and gives a preview of the next phase in remote commissioning, which the company will unveil at Satellite 2016. Go see them at Booth 118.

iDirect: Please describe Integrasys, and its relationship with iDirect.

Sanchez: Founded in 1990, Integrasys SA is a development, engineering and integration company specializing in the telecommunication and broadcasting markets. We have been a partner with iDirect for three years, delivering our Satmotion Pocket remote commissioning solution to iDirect customers under the name the iDirect Remote Commissioning Solution.

iDirect: Talk about the growing value of a VSAT remote commissioning tool, given the increasing demand for VSAT connectivity in remote and rural regions.

Sanchez: A VSAT commissioning tool streamlines the process to point the antenna, isolate the cross polarization, minimize adjacent satellite interference, perform compression testing, and find the initial transmit power through an intuitive software interface.

Such a solution is highly valuable in setting up networks in remote regions around the world, enabling you to autonomously point and adjust antennas, streamlining the overall commissioning of remotes. This allows service providers to deploy new services quicker, and get customers up-and-running on the network at an accelerated pace with optimal performance.

iDirect: You recently started to work with a few large customers in the maritime and oil and gas (O&G) verticals. Tell us about them.

Sanchez: We have a very significant customer in the maritime industry – our first and biggest! This partner is also working with us on new and exciting developments which we are addressing with a new product release at Satellite 2016. Read More