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The 9-Series: High-Performance Remotes Built for the Mission

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Whether by land, air, or sea, the mission at-hand is always critical for government and defense agencies. Therefore, the technology used in every instance must have the ability to deliver fast and flexible communications whenever and wherever needed.

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 performance.

The 9-series are designed to co-exist with the e8000 series remotes thus enabling for a smooth transition path to upgrade fielded remotes. Our new portfolio of remotes are able to handle highly sophisticated applications that operate at the heart of military operations worldwide:

  • The real-time exchange of voice, data, and high-definition ISR video between airborne assets and operators on the ground
  • Enable command access for soldiers deployed with portable, light-weight, power-efficient manpack terminals
  • A full range of broadband capabilities aboard military maritime vessels
  • The establishment of land-based mobile command units

These applications are enabled with the 9-series through a range of different form factors and capabilities. This includes rack-mount, board level products optimized around size, weight and power (SWaP) and special form factors and capabilities for aero applications. Read More

Marlink Looks to New Services to Cater to Maritime Demand

From Via Satellite

MarlinkMaritime connectivity provider Marlink is seeing an uptick in demand across both merchant and cruise markets, compensating for dips in the oil and offshore segments, which Tore Morten Olsen, president of maritime at Marlink, expects to continue into 2017.

“The oil price will probably continue slowly upwards but it takes time before the maritime markets related to the oil industry will come back to normal levels. We follow the trends closely at the same time as we also see new business coming in from the markets that are more challenged these days. This is in part due to the fact that optimal communication services can achieve efficiencies, helping operators to save money by working smarter and making more use of connected software and data,” Olsen told Via Satellite.

Driving the merchant shipping market is the ability to use software and sensors to monitor key parameters onboard vessels, such as fuel consumption, with the aim of operating more efficiently and reducing costs, according to Olsen. There is also a need for connectivity for crew, electronic document handling, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), telemedicine, entertainment and education. Continue>

One Box Solutions: iDirect SatHaul™ and X7-EC are On the Move

iDirect's Terry NeumannBy Terry Neumann, Director of Market Strategy

As iDirect finished the second quarter of the year, we saw the first deliveries of the X7-EC Satellite Router(s), along with iDirect SatHaul™ to support LTE backhaul over satellite. We are very excited to have this product in the marketplace, which helps improve the efficiency and user experience for connecting 4G base stations over satellite.

Proof-of-Concept Trials Deemed Successful

During the first half of 2016, we conducted various proof-of-concept (POC) trials with different mobile operators to see how our solution would perform in their specific environments. Out of these tests we learned a good amount about some of the different network setups, and had the ability to try the iDirect SatHaul™ optimization with most of the popular infrastructure equipment from Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and Alcatel Lucent.

Even though there were a few adjustments to make in order to work in the different operator environments, the standard interface of LTE seems to make integration much simpler than 2G or 3G networks which were much less standardized. We had success optimizing 4G traffic over all of these different infrastructure set ups and improving the 4G experience over satellite.

With key features like TCP Acceleration, header and payload compression, and optimization of IPSec links, iDirect SatHaul™ is an effective solution in 4G networks to improve the user experience and throughput when using satellite. Read More

Sevis Savvy Suite For Backhaul Optimization

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Based in Dallas, Texas, Sevis Systems, has released the latest version of their Intelligent Backhaul Optimization (IBO) suite of applications—the suite now includes the much anticipated ‘Backhaul Offload’ application.

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Backhaul Offload allows Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) to leverage HTS spot beams to offload traffic in locations with pre-existing terrestrial backhaul links experiencing high utilization. While the Sevis hardware is agnostic to the IP transport technology, an efficient use scenario is leveraging SATCOM for offloading microwave links that are at, or near, traffic saturation.

MNO’s can keep delay-sensitive voice and signaling traffic over existing microwave backhaul links but offload these links by carrying bandwidth-hungry data traffic over high-throughput satellites (HTS). The Sevis optimizers intelligently manage traffic routing across the terrestrial and satellite links and also perform traffic optimization and acceleration functions to save bandwidth and improve the user experience.

The Backhaul Offload application focuses on simultaneously reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for mobile carriers while expanding market addressability for satellite-based backhaul services. MNO’s can reduce TCO by flexibly relying on a scalable and low-OpEx satellite service instead of investing money in the expansion of existing microwave links. Backhaul Offload is a win-win for HTS service providers and MNO’s: HTS service providers provide MNO’s with a well-balanced OpEx-for-CapEx value proposition; with great flexibility for quickly deploying and adapting to changing needs. Continue>

Inmarsat CEO: Aviation Could Become our Biggest Market

Inmarsat's Rupert PearceFrom Via Satellite

Inmarsat has completed the launch of its Global Xpress constellation. Now, it is time to deliver on the promise of these High Throughput Satellites and become an even bigger force in mobility, particularly in the maritime and aviation markets.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce sees a big future in connected transportation, so much so that he believes aviation could ultimately usurp maritime as the biggest revenue generator for the operator. Right now, commercial aviation accounts for around 10 percent of Inmarsat’s overall Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) revenues, so it still has some way to go, but Pearce sees many reasons why aeronautical connectivity could become number one.

“Over the next decade there is the potential that aviation could become our largest business, because of the scale of the aviation industry, its sectoral growth dynamics, and because it is almost uniquely an area where mobile satcoms can service the needs of consumers — passengers travelling on commercial airlines. As such, there is the potential for aviation to vie with our maritime business as our largest business segment,” says Pearce. Continue>

What are industry leaders saying about satellite’s role in the end-to-end network?

Satellite’s role in creating a truly converged end-to-end network is generating more buzz than ever.

Learn more in our free 16-page report, End-to-End Perspectives, to see how satellite plays a pivotal role in the converged end-to-end network.

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Industry leaders from Verizon, BT Global Services, Intelsat and NSR share their perspectives with iDirect on some of the most complex – and pressing – questions facing our industry today.

This new report sheds light on the “when” and the “how” behind this next step in satellite’s evolution, providing insights from all aspects of the industry:

  • What’s the thinking behind Verizon’s strategy for delivering satellite value and making end-to-end a reality?
  • NSR discusses the impact of software-defined networks, cloud-based technologies, and the virtualized environment in future VSAT innovation.
  • How is the new Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS) technology from iDirect enabling BT Global Services to extend their network reach?
  • What three biggest obstacles must be overcome in doing business globally, with agility, and how does Intelsat intend to tackle these hurdles head on?
  • Why is “holistic innovation” the best path forward to closing the gap between satellite and terrestrial networks?

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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