Broadband Maritime Europe Conference Highlights Trends and Initiatives Involving International Ship Managers’ Association, GVF Maritime SatCom Forum, Stark Moore Macmillan & Other Key Sector Players
LONDON – Collaborative efforts to improve maritime operations with cutting-edge communications were advanced recently during Broadband Maritime Europe 2011, where the international shipping and broadband satellite communications industries began co-ordinating on training, regulatory and other shared priorities.
The multi-sector programme was highlighted at GVF Broadband Maritime Europe 2011: Expanding Communications – Networking Solutions to the Arctic Horizon, which took place over28th & 29th June at the Strand Palace Hotel, London, with the sponsorship support of such prestigious satellite communications industry leaders as Inmarsat, Eutelsat, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, ASTRA2Connect, and Comtech EF Data. Continue>
Thank you for attending our SatManage Standard Webinar. If you were unable to attend you can watch and listen to the playback here.
During the webinar we discussed how to:
- Increase the efficiency of your network operations
- Enhance customer management by offering differentiated tools and services
- Improve quality by identifying, solving and preventing network degradation
Designed for mid-tier operators, the newly announced SatManage Standard is an out-of-the box software offering designed for satellite operators with small- to medium-sized network deployments.
To learn more please contact an iDirect Account Representative.
Dealing with the Data Deluge
By Denis Sutherland
As everybody in the Satellite industry knows it’s not the signal that’s important, but the signal-to-noise ratio. But surprisingly this also applies to digital data storage as well as to analog transmission of waveforms.
The difference is the source of the “noise,” in a data storage environment noise is irrelevant data. A small amount of noise may come from “natural” sources such as mistakes in data transmission and storage devices, which are still analog at their core. But the vast majority of noise in databases is valid but useful or routine information. These include warnings, events, and routine messages…this is the data deluge.
When iDirect entered the market over a decade ago, satellite was a non-IP technology. Our innovation was to develop an IP-based system that mirrored the quality and reliability of terrestrial communications. This changed the very nature of what satellite was capable of achieving. iDirect helped transform satellite from a technology of last resort to a diverse solution that can handle core network applications and take broadband into the heart of critical business, military and public sector operations.
For service providers, this was a major deal. They now had the technology to build a high-quality service that could generate fresh demand for satellite connectivity. And this led to another iDirect innovation: we made it affordable for service providers to the get into the satellite market and grow a business.
iDirect developed a modular, universal satellite platform. The goal was to get service providers into the market at a minimal cost, while equipping them with the advanced technology they need to develop a reliable service and capture revenue quickly.
The core tenants of the Smart Grid are reliability, efficiency, security, economic value and environmental viability. As utilities move toward embracing what is being touted as the most comprehensive shift in the energy business model, questions abound on how to best beat the technological curve while keeping costs and reliability under control.
Expectations are high for this advanced energy sector, but it is also understood that grid modernization is a process. Utilities are seeking tools that can service the industry throughout the entire course of its move to the Smart Grid. Communication, reliability and remote access are crucial to basic operations before, during and after Smart Grid implementation. Progress is being made in offering new technologies to meet the multifaceted needs of the energy industry during this transformation, and one of the companies taking the lead is iDirect.
iDirect offers a Satellite IP-based Intelligent Platform for Smart Grid implementation for utilities that is broad enough to meet evolving needs and focused enough to address the critical aspects of implementing Smart Grid technologies. Continue>
Join us in our iDirect Network Design iNDC 3.0 training class. We have reworked and merged the iNDC and iS2 classes into a single class in order to streamline the presentation flow, and bring the Evolution® platform and the DVB-S2 outbound capability to the fore.
We have currently scheduled the following training dates:
- Dubai: July 25 to 28
- Johannesburg: Aug. 15 to 18
- Eton/London: Aug. 22 to 25
The training is free – reserve your seat here – and begins promptly at 9 a.m. each day.
Who should attend
The iDirect Network Design training is intended for our partners’ presales engineers, network designers and tender response groups to better understand the iDirect product capabilities, with a focus on product scalability, redundancy and reliability, efficiency and cost effectiveness, and network design and dimensioning issues.
In our Smart Grid Dream Team Challenge you had your chance to propose a merger of two companies you think should be joined at the smart grid hip. Our editors pared the nominations to the selection that appears below; the words are those of the person who suggested the match. Check them out and then vote for the union you think could create the ultimate smart grid dream team.
- GE and Silver Spring Networks — Two companies I see so closely aligned in terms of competency, compatibility, and vision that some may already view the demarcation line between them as being dotted rather than solid leads to my “Dream Team” nomination… GE and Silver Spring Networks. (More about GE smart grid)
- Ambient and Cisco — Utilities Telecom Council gave Ambient Corp. a Top Smart Grid Award this year and Cisco could take them to new levels with a merger. (More about Cisco smart grid)
- GE and Infrax Systems — GE should buy Infrax Systems. They have a team of heavyweights … they have solutions that are recommended by several government agencies and keep upgrading to stay on top.
- Silver Spring Networks and iDirect — I would suggest that a ROCKING pairing would be Silver Spring Networks and iDirect. SSN still represents the “smartest guys in the room” approach to smart grid integration; and iDirect has the best next-gen satellite technology… Brains and beauty (a.k.a. ubiquity). What’s not to like?
With iDirect’s new TDMA and SCPC Return switching capability, service providers gain the flexibility to adjust service levels to meet dynamic application needs and changing traffic patterns, while maintaining an economical way to use total network capacity and optimize operational efficiencies. Continue>