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All Apps on Board: Meeting Sky-High Expectations for Connectivity

Meet Sky-High Expectations - iDirectYou can barely board a flight these days that doesn’t advertise in-flight connectivity. Commercial airlines are investing more in VSAT for in-flight connectivity to compete for the loyalty of more than one billion annual airline passengers, as well as improve operational productivity in the face of constantly rising costs.

Today, expectations for what a VSAT network can deliver are soaring to a higher level. Passengers want to watch streaming video content and live TV without constant buffering. Further, onboard networks are expanding to support cellular service.

In the cockpit, in-flight connectivity serves a growing set of business needs, such as navigational charting, weather-pattern monitoring and mechanical system monitoring. And connectivity helps ground control stay in control, receiving live feeds from the aircraft to monitor fuel and maintenance needs.

Supporting all these applications demands a faster and more efficient network. Thankfully, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are answering the call. NSR reports that approximately 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from HTS by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue. These numbers are in addition to 8,160 Ku-band units, and nearly 90,000 total VSAT-connected aircraft projected for the same timeframe.

With rising pressure on service providers to meet the airlines’ continual demand for increasing network performance, iDirect has introduced its next-generation aero remote, the CX780. Read More

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. 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

All Apps on Board: Meet Demand on Any Level

Meet Demand on Any Level

Picture this: A family of four set to go on a cruise. Dad must remain in contact with the office, taking calls and even a bit of video conferencing. Mom is streaming episodes of her favorite television show on her tablet, while the kids are keeping up their social and gaming profiles using multiple devices.

And now, multiply this by the thousands and what you have is the new reality of serving passengers aboard luxury cruise ships. In fact, more passengers are stepping aboard these luxury cruise liners than ever. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers will travel via global ocean cruise by the end of 2016, up from the 20.9 million in 2012.

Consider it part of the unrelenting level of demand that comes as a result of being connected across every aspect of our lives these days. In fact, Northern Sky Research (NSR) says value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before.

Read our latest maritime feature to learn more about what analysts are forecasting for the future of maritime VSAT.

And along with passenger connectivity comes the need to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations. Crew must stay connected in order to access a vessel’s entire IT network, fix issues remotely, run real-time weather and navigation applications, and provide telehealth. These applications require data communication back to shore and increasingly involve live video. Read More

Maritime & Satellite Industries Coordinate Cyber-Security Strategies

From SatNewsGVF and Digital Ship

Drawing upon the combined expertise of the SATCOM and maritime sectors in order to identify key elements of strategies that enhance network integrity, maritime cyber security was examined on September 8th at Digital Ship’s 2nd Maritime Cyber Risk & Safety Forum at the SMM event.

With leadership from Global VSAT Forum (GVF), critical technologies used for navigation at sea—including GPS (Global Positioning System), AIS (Automatic Identification System), and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)—were examined as being among the primary systems being defended from attempted cyber attacks. The panelists also revealed the increased threats influencing decisions made by companies and what strategies are being employed by those in the maritime connectivity sector to address these risks, as well as what opportunities are emerging.

The GVF expert forum evaluated how industry is reacting to increased cyber threats born out of the growing use of Cloud and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships with smaller crews—which requires greater reliance on automation and remote monitoring. Policies, guidelines and best practices were central to the discussion, as well as how industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. Continue>

All Apps on Board – Maritime VSAT Infographic

The demand for VSAT connectivity is surging across core mobility markets today. And for satellite service providers, the imperative has become this: accommodating more people on the network, running more bandwidth-intensive applications, all at the same time.

It could mean supporting a network for a cruise ship community of 5,000 people travelling with more than 10,000 devices combined.  It could mean supporting a high-throughput network on board a superyacht for high-profile millionaires. Or it could mean managing a dynamic mix of passenger and crew applications aboard a commercial airline.

Check out this infographic to learn more:

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SES Launches Global SES Maritime+ Solution To Deliver High-Speed Connectivity To Vessels Traversing Oceans

Maritime customers to enjoy seamless global roaming through new fully-customisable and scalable managed service 

LUXEMBOURG, 14 September 2016 — SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans.

SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.

SES Maritime+ DiagramThe managed connectivity service brings together SES’s global network infrastructure and hybrid satellite capacity with the latest technology from VT iDirect, enabling SES customers to deliver a complete platform solution to maritime users on a worldwide basis. Commercial benefits include customized service level agreements and scalable throughput options, with standardized pricing regardless of region or season of operation.

The global SES Maritime+ product is part of SES’s enhanced data network, SES Plus, which is offering customised products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the mobility and enterprise markets. In March of this year, a regional Ka-band maritime+ offering was unveiled specifically to target Europe. Read More

The 9-Series: Pairing Performance with Efficiency for Government & Defense

iDirect Defense Line CardsFor government and defense agencies, confidence is key to all aspects of their operation. This includes their investment in technology, as these agencies must always be assured that the tools they have today are future proof to withstand any challenge ahead.

With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite routers and defense line cards, iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on efficiency.

iDirect continually delivers software feature enhancements on the Evolution® platform to accompany its next-generation of 9-series remotes. The result is a networking platform that provides today’s militaries with the most efficient use of bandwidth.

As satellite capacity increases with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and WGS (Wideband Global Satellite), network optimization and driving higher performance out of the network becomes even more important to accomplish the mission. With the release of next-generation defense line cards – the DLC-T and DLC-R– defense customers can enable secure voice, data and video communication links and never seen before performance and throughput levels. Read More

The 9-Series: Matching Security and Innovation for Government and Defense

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RoutersHere’s a challenge to consider: How to provide government and defense agencies with access to the latest technology advancements while ensuring they maintain the proper security and accreditation requirements for military operations.

With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite remotes and defense line cards (DLCs), iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on security.

Security starts with the network platform. The iDirect Evolution® platform is FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standards) Level 2 certified and now Level 3 certifiable. Obtaining  Level 3 certification means the encryption module requires additional  tamper detection and the ability to zeroize all plain text critical security parameters (CSPs) when unauthorized access is detected. As an added layer of security, the module uses ports that are physically separated from other ports, or interfaces that are logically separated using a trusted path from other interfaces. All of these features are now available with the 9-Series and defense line cards on the Evolution Platform.

To ensure the highest level of military security standards, the platform also offers the latest TRANSEC (transmission security) enhancements and encryption, which help to mask communication activity—a necessity for military operations to safeguard mission-critical information exchange from adversaries.

iDirect’s new 9-Series remotes are particularly valuable in this regard as they support dual-domain TRANSEC; this allows the remotes to maintain two separate sets of security certificates for two different TRANSEC networks simultaneously. One-Way TRANSEC is a new feature that secures broadcast traffic from the hub to a network of receive only remotes, while two-way TRANSEC is for both receive and transmit. Read More

The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT Growth

The Rising Tide of Maritime VSAT

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Today, an increasing number of maritime vessels are relying on VSAT to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations.

Currently, the number of VSAT-equipped maritime vessels stands at roughly 13,200, according to the NSR Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition. It is a number that could eclipse 32,700, representing an 8.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2025.

The driving factors for the adoption of VSAT vary based on the segment of the market. For instance, merchant shipping relies on the technology for crew welfare and remote IT services, among others. Fishing—a segment that historically has relied primarily on cellular connectivity—is looking to VSAT to enable more on board, such as online sales of catches. While cruise looks more to support higher-speed Internet, onboard wireless service, entertainment and streaming video, and oil and gas looks to lean heavily on live video, among other uses.

Regardless of what the service is being used for, the one common denominator across the entire market is this: VSAT has fundamentally shifted from a cost center to a cost saver in maritime. And that means the technology—from the space segment to the ground segment—must be ready to accommodate the growing demand to do more out at sea. Read More