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

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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>

Find Your Best Path Forward to New Market Opportunities

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardiDirect’s next-generation innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward to new opportunities in a broad range of markets and applications.

But as opportunities are rising, so are market demands. Delivering highly customer-specific applications, keeping pace with the requirements for higher network speeds, and meeting performance expectations and demanding service levels isn’t easy.

Let us shed some light on how the innovations we’re delivering will enable you to better serve your existing markets today, manage operational and capital costs, create unique value for your customers and access more markets tomorrow.

Join us now in viewing 3 new short market features that provide an overview of what iDirect innovations will mean for your key markets today, such as: enterprise, financial services, education, defence and military, and mobility.

IPF-three-animations-playFrom Scalability to RF Efficiency to Remote Performance, come see a concise, high-level picture of the iDirect solution today, and tomorrow: Read More

Your Intelligent Path Forward Begins Today

iDirect - Your Intelligent Path ForwardBy Kevin Steen, VP of Global Sales and Chief Operating Officer, iDirect

When it comes to planning and ensuring your long-term growth, iDirect’s powerful next-generation technology and innovations are forging the most intelligent path forward today.

I’d like you to join us on the journey at IntelligentPathForward.com. Our goal is to share unprecedented visibility and context with iDirect partners into the full lineup of releases coming this year and next so you can capitalize on your next phase of growth.

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We’ll show you both the broader perspective of where we’re headed as a technology industry leader … as well as the ground-level product detail you need to make the best choices for your business along the way. Most importantly, we’ll connect the dots between the innovations we’re delivering and how they will enable you to access more markets, better manage operational and capital costs, and create unique value for your customers. It all boils down to staying on the right path to growing your business for the long term.

The iDirect Intelligent Path Forward is your iDirect base camp for all the insights, background and intelligence you need in order to effectively execute on your business plans. Over the coming months we’ll be adding new pieces to the story, mile markers along the way, that demonstrate how the iDirect roadmap is aligned with your growth plans. For instance, today we’ll zero in on the re-engineering of our remote portfolio, and what this means for delivering specialized applications. Read More

One Box Solutions: iDirect’s EC Series of Satellite Remotes

Around the globe, throughput demands continue to surge. New applications are emerging across every market imaginable. For satellite service providers, being able to keep pace with demand for higher speeds and specialized market demands is paramount to success.

It starts with remote performance at the customer site. At iDirect, we continue to take performance levels to the next level with the introduction of remotes that are designed to deliver the very best in performance and specialized applications.

Take our Embedded Computing (EC) remotes, for example. By combining iDirect technology with “best in class” third-party solutions, we create a “one-box solution” that adds a computing platform to our remotes. This allows service providers to load custom applications that enhance the capabilities and deliver specialized services to meet specific market needs.

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The EC series provides a complete solution through:

A reduction in hardware and energy footprint:

Consolidating solutions that would typically require use of a multi-box configuration into a 1U rack-mounted form factor saves valuable rack space and lowers power consumption 

Simplified installation and decreased points of failure:

By reducing the hardware footprint, we simplify installation and decrease points of failure. 

The delivery of specialized services to meet specific market needs:

This series of solution remotes offer enhanced functionality to iDirect remotes by adding extra processing power and memory to run approved software applications to deliver market specific solutions. Read More

RigNet’s Express Service Brings Global Xpress to the Energy Market

From Satnews

RigNetThe oil and gas industry has been waiting for this solution—to deliver more capacity and added resiliency in a seamless global platform.

RigNet, provider of digital technology solutions focusing on serving energy facilities, maritime vessels and other global remote locations, announces its launch of Global Xpress (GX) services based on Inmarsat’s globally available, Ka-band, high-throughput satellite (HTS) network.

In 2013, RigNet was selected as Inmarsat’s preferred partner to launch Global Xpress into the oil and gas industry. Global Xpress is the first Ka-Band satellite network from a single operator to deliver a global footprint that supports increased data rates and global mobility, at affordable price points. Whether onshore or offshore, the network architecture allows the use of small footprint antennas that save deck space at a remote location. The GX design simplifies the remote installation process and decreases the time for deployment, while providing consistency in the hardware for ease of sparing and maintenance.

This unique service allows companies to utilize a single satellite platform with global standards across their geographically dispersed organizations. GX delivers a reliable high-speed, seamless connection that gives a better end-user experience than those found in traditional satellite services to the oil and gas industry. The network’s high-throughput and “comms on the move” (COTM) capability makes it a perfect fit for essential applications and crew welfare communications in the oil and gas industry. Whether your application is in drilling, production, energy maritime, or support services, GX has a solution that improves the efficiency of your operations. The service can also boost crew morale through high-speed crew internet, video conferencing and onboard Wi-Fi solutions. Continue>

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

Singtel and Inmarsat Announce Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Global Maritime Cyber Security Capabilities

From Inmarsat

Singtel and Inmarsat have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance maritime cyber security using Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution.

Trustwave, the cyber security arm of Singtel, will provide the software based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships, to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies. The UTM service offers a suite of cyber security defences, such as advance firewall, anti-virus, intrusion prevention and web-filtering, which is backed by global round-the-clock support. It will be delivered through Fleet Xpress, the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider.

Mr Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “Our partnership with Inmarsat is important as it marks the first phase in rolling out Singtel cyber security services for Inmarsat; starting with maritime. Shipping still moves about 90% of the world’s trade, hence the maritime industry is a significant backbone of the global supply chain. As maritime systems become more digital, it is imperative for the industry to protect data onboard ships against all forms of cyber attacks. Our partnership with Inmarsat will provide maritime companies with a cyber security solution to meet rapidly evolving cyber threats, globally.”

“The landscape of shipping is changing. As we move from traditional shipping into the ship intelligence era, the threat of cyber attacks have never been more real,” commented Mr Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime. “Risks from malicious attacks and unlawful access to a ship’s intelligence, its system infrastructure and networks cannot be ignored, and the shipping industry needs to take action.” Continue>

Satellite and the End-to-End Network: The Next Stage of Innovation

By Eric Watko, Vice President, Integrated Solutions and Space Systems, iDirect

The Next Stage of Innovation

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is an ongoing industry discussion, and one that continues to generate more conversation with the introduction of new technology innovations and the growing demands that drive them.

Throughout the past few weeks iDirect has engaged in a discussion with Verizon, NSR, BT and Intelsat on the role of satellite in the end-to-end network. Our conversation wraps up this week with Eric Watko addressing the question posed by Intelsat: What are the next steps to innovating around modern networking technology in order for satellite to continue operating right at the heart of IP networks?

Looking back on the past few weeks, we have been engaged in a very enlightening discussion around how we work to make satellite communication technology look and act more like all other access technologies.

  • We were given a glimpse into the telco environment from Verizon and the steps it must take in order to align satellite with its core MPLS network.
  • From there, NSR offered a call-to-action regarding the need to see more advances in the areas of software-defined satellite networks, transitioning out of fixed server hardware and into a virtualized environment.
  • BT Global Services described their efforts to launch satellite networks built on a Layer 2 foundation to support telco trends toward carrier Ethernet.
  • Finally, Intelsat talked about enabling service agility so telecom providers can quickly reach underserved areas.

For iDirect, the answer is clear: We must be able to support the service needs of the industry as a whole. We cannot simply focus on the space segment, but instead examine every aspect—from the edge of the core network, to the terminals, to the endpoint of the customer. Read More

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Launch Marks New Era of ‘Smart’ Ship Operations

From Inmarsat

Inmarsat Fleet Xpress is the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators, available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress enables ship owners and operators to enhance their business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits.

It will also empower third party application providers to enhance their existing services to maritime customers, and to develop a host of innovative new applications that will further drive operational efficiencies, ranging from real-time monitoring, remote diagnostics and telemedicine, to security and crew service management tools, among others.

Ground-breaking service
“Fleet Xpress is a ground-breaking new service that will shape communications at sea beyond recognition,” said Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President.

“Through Fleet Xpress, ship owners and operators can experience unparalleled levels of performance and simplicity. Continue>

Boost In Capacity, Avionic Innovations Will Skyrocket IFC Revenues

From Via Satellite

Euroconsult has released a report forecasting that total revenues from passenger In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services will skyrocket from an estimated $700 million in 2015 to nearly $5.4 billion by 2025, a 23 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the 10-year period. A number of factors are contributing to the colossal growth, including the advent of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems, the increased use of aircraft connectivity for operational purposes, new entrants in the IFC provider market and a fragmentation of the antenna industry.

The “Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity” report finds that the number of connected commercial aircraft is expected to grow from 5,300 in 2015 to 23,100 by 2025, accounting for 62 percent of the global fleet. While the aeronautical market is highly sensitive to price, particularly in terms of equipment acquisition, installation and bandwidth pricing, which could inject some slow to the projected growth according to Geoffroy Stern, senior consultant at Euroconsult, and editor of the report, the amount of capacity set to enter the IFC market in the near future could work to drive down costs significantly. The launch of both Ka- and Ku-band HTS, which allow data speeds up to 10 times faster than those of regular satellite systems and at significantly lower cost, will trigger this huge jump in capacity.

“HTS systems will not only tremendously increase data speeds to planes  — relative to the speeds offered by regular satellite systems — but do so at a significant lower cost, thereby further driving the adoption of IFC services,” Stern told Via Satellite. “With most existing Ku-band hardware installed on aircraft compatible with future Ku-band HTS systems, thus avoiding additional costs, the adoption of HTS is set to gain significant traction.” Continue >