Category Archives: HTS

Narrowband Systems Growth Forecasted – NSR SCADA/M2M Report

From M2M

Industrial automation benefited greatly by using SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), but increasingly many experts see machine-to-machine (M2M) technology replacing SCADA-based installations for monitoring assets. Although they perform practically the same tasks, M2M is more accessible, making it the preferred choice for organizations of any size. The fourth edition of the NSR SCADA/M2M via Satellite report concludes the market for narrowband systems will be rising until 2022, even though there is a shift into higher bandwidth solutions such as high throughput satellites (HTS).

In 2012, narrowband systems accounted for 87 percent of the global total revenue with $1.1 billion, and the report expects by 2022 it will reach $2 billion with narrowband accounting for 88 percent of the revenue base, which is only an increase of 1 percent over eight years.

The report questions how the industry is evolving, what the emerging vertical markets are, what the future growth potential is and which technology solution will be preferred over time. The report provides readers a better understanding of current and future technologies and solutions affecting the SCADA/M2M market with a comprehensive assessment of vertical applications by giving end users a detailed assessment of what they will need by addressing the impact of push technologies on current platforms and the market dynamics in the future. Continue>


iDirect Wins 2013 Via Satellite Excellence Awards for Technology Company Of The Year And Social Media Company Of The Year

iDirect wins awardiDirect recognized for technology innovation and marketing leadership

Herndon, Va., November 12, 2013 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it is the recipient of the 2013 Technology Company of the Year and Social Media Company of the Year Excellence Awards hosted by Via Satellite. The 2013 Excellence Awards acknowledges innovative companies, technologies, campaigns and people who have helped shape the success of the global satellite industry. iDirect won awards for its engineering innovations ground infrastructure platform and for its advances in social media and marketing. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Technology Innovation 

Via Satellite recognized the importance of iDirect’s ambitious effort to expand its platform capabilities for demanding High Throughput Satellite (HTS) requirements, enabling satellite operators and service providers to reach significant new levels of throughput, scale and business performance. The first product to be introduced following the redesign was the X7 remote, built on an entirely new multi-core hardware system the first of iDirect’s next-generation family of remotes. With the X7, service providers can introduce significantly faster services to answer escalating end user demand for high-speed bandwidth. Read More

Report on FSS Operators Misses Mark

From NSR

A recent Morgan Stanley report issued the end of September 2013 takes on the FSS sector, claiming the industry has entered a “no-growth” cycle and that “HTS will struggle to find a market”. The report goes on to make numerous specific assessments and claims about trends in the FSS industry, and in particular, the report is fairly dismissive about the eventual success of newly emerging HTS platforms, at least in the short- to mid-term.

Overall, NSR feels that the Morgan Stanley report authors have to a large degree misread the current trends in the FSS sector and that they have treated some specific, real issues with too broad a brushstroke in how they impact the entirety of the industry. In the narrowest of terms, the Morgan Stanley report was nominally meant to assess the revenue growth outlook for SES and Eutelsat over the next 3-5 years. And within this very specific context, the report did correctly highlight a number of real issues that will likely have an impact, both positive and negative, on SES’ and Eutelsat’s financial performance through to 2018. Continue>

HTS Ka- and Ku-Band for Mission Critical SATCOM: Separating Fact from Fiction

From Microwave Journal

Whether for enterprise, commercial, government or maritime services, customers who operate in remote and harsh environments use satellite services for time-sensitive, mission critical communications. Whether communicating back to headquarter offices or providing morale services to staff and crew members, it is vital that these customers that operate in remote and harsh landscapes have access to high availability, reliable communications links.

High throughput satellite (HTS) technologies with unprecedented bandwidth and power resources are being viewed as “the wave of the future” for satellite communications and networking services. Despite this tremendous potential, there is a great deal of misperception and lack of understanding about these new technologies among both customers and the industry at large. With different options, how do you pick the best one for your company’s needs? Continue>

iDX 3.2 Maritime Use Case: Bringing in New Waves of Opportunity

Onboard satellite communications are evolving as maritime operators are finding more critical applications for broadband at sea, beyond basic voice and data connectivity. A new trend is the need for higher throughput networks to run multiple bandwidth-heavy applications onboard all vessels. And as High Throughput Satellites (HTS) come online, this trend is projected to grow.

To support these applications, iDirect is rolling out iDX 3.2 and the X7 remote.

X7 – The remote that can run a huge wave of applications

The X7 remote provides a significant increase in performance and is optimized for high-performing networks. As future iDirect software gets released, the X7 will be able to increase combined network throughput up to 100 Mbps.

This remote will play a major role in supporting a multitude of applications across the maritime market. Let’s examine three segments: Cruise ships, offshore oil and gas, and shipping.

Cruise ships: Cruise lines are connecting a floating community on board their vessels by supporting passengers with voice, data, video and Internet applications. Passengers can use these broadband applications for voice and onboard GSM, interactive guest services, entertainment and video streaming, and Internet on mobile devices. Read More

Growing Opportunity For Maritime Service Providers – Infographic Now Available!

VSAT continues to be the communications standard in the maritime market. And with emerging High Throughout Satellites (HTS), VSAT adoption is projected to double from 12,300 vessels to 24,600 vessels, according to Comsys. Comsys also predicts service revenue across the maritime industry will hit $1.2 billion by 2016.

The information graphic below explores four markets within the maritime industry: Cruise lines, offshore oil and gas, fishing and commercial shipping. These markets present key opportunities to service providers.

For traditional maritime VSAT markets like cruise lines and offshore oil and gas, growth is tied to a proliferation in applications and a surge in data usage. And HTS will open the door further by lowering bandwidth costs enough to encourage greater use in high bandwidth applications like HD video and high-res imaging.

Emerging markets like fishing and commercial shipping will be especially impacted by HTS. These markets have been slow to adopt VSAT due to cost constraints. Improved economics will enable them to begin using basic voice, data and video applications.

iDirect Maritime Infographic

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High Throughput Satellites: A Bright Future For MILSATCOM

From MilsatMagazine

By Karl Fuchs, Vice President of Technology, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT)

The military has a voracious appetite for communications. However, shrinking Department of Defense (DoD) budgets threaten to quash the military’s development and use of next-generation communications to support the warfighter.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

Technology can help to solve the biggest challenges of using satellite communications: Bandwidth and cost. New High Throughput Satellite (HTS) technology can help advance MILSATCOM while offering DoD users the high quality, consistent reliability and lower costs they need.

Take, for instance, the military’s widespread use of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions and other full-motion, high-definition (HD) video feeds. These are the fastest-growing, bandwidth-consuming applications used by the warfighter.

One of the first, real-world applications of ISR missions was the cleanup effort for the Gulf Oil Spill. iGT and the industry were able to achieve return channel bandwidths to support HD video feeds. However, the military end-user missions demand more in the way of deliverables. The achievable data rates at the time of the spill were limited by the aperture of the antenna as well as the G/T and EIRP of the hemispherical beam of the satellite. Read More

ITC Global Will Upgrade Global Mining-Sector Satellite Network To Deliver Higher Throughput Rates Over iDirect Platform

Service provider to leverage iDirect’s X7 remote and Evolution iDX 3.2 software to achieve 20+ Mbps data rate for high-bandwidth IP applications

Herndon, Va., February 3, 2013 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that ITC Global will upgrade its mining-sector satellite network to iDirect’s soon-to-be-released iDX 3.2 software featuring Adaptive TDMA, and will deploy the next-generation Evolution X7 remote. ITC Global is a leading provider of global, enterprise-class satellite communications to premier mining companies around the world, and will be the first service provider to offer iDX 3.2 and X7 capabilities to the mining sector. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The upgrade advances ITC Global’s commitment to continual network innovation and will allow ITC Global to satisfy the 20+ Mbps bandwidth requirement the mining sector now demands. Faster data throughput will improve the network’s ability to handle multiple IP applications on a unified platform, such as Voice over IP, radio over IP, CCTV, remote permission and control, and the automation of critical operational tasks. These communications services enable mining companies to increase business productivity; ensure compliance with Health, Safety and Environmental initiatives and commitments; achieve the timely delivery of projects; and shorten overall time to market while maximizing continuity of supply to end customers. Read More

High-Throughput Satellite Remote Introduced By iDirect

From The Digital Ship

Key performance statistics for the Evolution X7 remote, the first in a family of next-generation remotes that have been optimised for Adaptive TDMA throughput performance and operate with high throughput satellites, have been released by iDirect.

Built on a new multi-core hardware system, iDirect says that the X7 can reach up to 100 Mbps of combined inbound and outbound throughput, with more than 20 Mbps on the return channel.

The Evolution X7 uses dual DVB-S2 demodulators with fully independent RF chains, supporting voice and data services while simultaneously receiving up to 12 shared, high-definition multicast channels over the same or a second transponder or satellite.

The X7 also features an embedded 8-port switch for physically segregating multiple end user traffic groups based on VLAN tags. The new remote also comes with multiple embedded PSU configurations to power higher wattage BUCs. Continue>

iDirect TAC Tips – How to change HLC failover timer

How do I change HLC failover timer?

On NMS running iDS 6.0 or newer iDirect software, line card failure detection time can be configured by changing the value of EVT_DIAG_TIMEOUT.  Default value = 6 seconds.  Default value might not be adequate for very large networks or to handle momentary Ethernet glitches and false failover detection may happen. In such cases, you may want to increase the default value using below procedure.

1- Edit the file /home/nms/utils/nms_start on the NMS

2- Search for line:


3- Just below above line add the following line.

export EVT_DIAG_TIMEOUT = <new_timeout_in_seconds>

4- Save the above file and restart evtsvr process. Read More