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.

Kymeta’s mTenna technology operates over Panasonic’s global broadband network to deliver both Internet and live TV entertainment through one antenna using Intelsat capacity.

Here’s what Hakan Olsson, VP Maritime at Kymeta had to say about the demo: “Superyacht owners are all looking for access to information, news, data, entertainment, communications and more while on the water. With our technology partners, Kymeta is creating a new wave of ubiquitous, high-speed, global connectivity through a first-of-a-kind ASM that can connect anything that moves, while eliminating long-standing barriers to greater adoption.”

And Panasonic’s Vice President, Maritime, Carl Novello weighed in with this: “We are excited to be working with Kymeta and iDirect to set a new standard in maritime connectivity. It’s time for superyacht passengers to expect the same high-speed broadband experience they have at home, and for yacht builders and designers to work with a much more elegant VSAT antenna.”

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