NewCom International – Consideration For Contingencies (SATCOM)

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NewCom International, a global communications firm that specializes in unified voice, video, data and content solutions, has developed Emergency Communications Response Network™ (ECR) to provide an instant, cost-effective contingency plan or back up, should regular communications go down. It also serves as an on-the-go communications center for mobile military and public safety corps units. ECR is a compact, self-contained communications E2E solution that includes voice, Internet, SCADA connectivity, email, fax, video surveillance, VideoMeetings™ and data services. Along with the communications components, the package includes a portable antenna and optional solar power supply. The product uses aggressive compression technology combined with iDirect’s shared platform service to minimize bandwidth requirements, ensuring a low-cost solution that delivers high-quality voice, video and data services.  Continue>

iDirect and 3G Backhauling

Richard DeasingtonBy Richard Deasington

iDirect is well known as a provider of 2G / GSM cellular backhaul solutions with over 40 networks in operation around the world – including the largest VSAT cell backhaul network that is deployed in China with around 1,200 sites.  However, most new networks deployed now are 3G HSPA networks that offer high-speed data at up to 11 MB downlink speed as well as conventional voice and SMS services – can iDirect satellite infrastructure support this traffic? 

The short answer is ‘yes’!  iDirect worked over the past year with several leading vendors of 3G infrastructure to ensure that it operates efficiently over our D-TDMA networks and also so that we have the best network settings already prepared for implementing these networks.  We have just completed a round of testing with the very latest 3G technology and you can expect to see a public announcement on this in the next month or so.  As a taster we can say that achieving 3G connectivity from native IP- connected 3G Node Bs (base stations) has proved quite straightforward and multi-megabit throughputs can be delivered.  Our combined SCPC Return and TDMA networks can now easily handle this level of traffic using the most appropriate technology depending on the throughput required and the traffic characteristics. 
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Come See iDirect at UTC

iDirect at UTC 2011Things are going great in Long Beach, CA. The iDirect team participated in the evening reception at the UTC 2011 show, which opened yesterday.  Traffic has been consistent at the iDirect booth and the sales and marketing team discussed satellite connectivity solutions with utilities customers.

Fun Events

  • If you’re at the show, stop by our booth #106 to register to win an iPad2!
  • Hang around after the show tonight and stop by the Auld Dubliner Irish Pub. iDirect is hosting a VIP reception for key partners, vendors and utility customers. RSVP here

Don’t Miss!

  • Symposium: Enterprise IT, with iDirect’s Ed Smith

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iDirect Platform Enables Iridium To Optimize Operations With Upgrades To Satellite Network Infrastructure

VSAT network enhances bandwidth efficiency and data throughput between satellites and remote tracking, telemetry and control stations

Herndon, Va., May 11, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM), a leading mobile satellite service (MSS) provider offering truly global mobile voice and data communications, is leveraging iDirect’s VSAT platform as part of a multi-year plan to upgrade the ground-control infrastructure of its low-Earth orbiting (LEO) satellite constellation. The enhanced network will allow Iridium to handle increased data transmission between its remote tracking, telemetry and control (TTAC) stations in Canada and its Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) in Leesburg, Va. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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International Defence Webinar Ready to View

If you missed iDirect’s last webinar about International Defence it is now available for viewing.

Tune in to learn about:

  • iDirect’s Defence technology, whether you are interested in our latest government- and military- focused iDX 2.3 Release offering DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), Transmit Keyline, and FIPS 140-2 compliancy
  • The latest advances in high-speed Comms-on-the-Move products
  • Quickly deployable, tamper-proof, lightweight remotes
  • iDirect Hub network architecture with great advances in DVB-S2/ACM combined with highly secure features

Thanks to all who participated! Keep reading our blog to hear about our next webinar coming in May.

In order to view the playback file, you may need to download the WebEx player and install it on your computer.  Click here to download the WebEx player.

Helping To Save Lives In Haiti

From SatMagazine



iDirect VSATThe 1.8m antenna sitting on top of the laundry building at Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, a rural northern community located only 70 miles from the still-devastated city of Port au Prince, might not look like much to passersby.

But to the dedicated staff at the over-stretched 73-bed hospital — many of whom are volunteers working around the clock to care for Haitians who have suffered unimaginable disease and hardship since last year’s horrific earthquake — that antenna symbolizes the difference between life and death. This life-saving antenna facilitates satellite-based Internet connectivity and telemedicine services for the hospital.
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10 Considerations for Choosing a Satellite Technology Platform

The following guide outlines 10 considerations for choosing the right satellite communications platform for your business. No matter what market you plan to enter or how large you want to grow your operations, these considerations can make a critical difference to your immediate and long-term success.

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Gilat Satcom Installs iDirect Hub To Expand Broadband Services In Nigeria

iDirect platform to integrate with terrestrial network, support wide range of vertical applications

Herndon, Va., May 3, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, successfully launched an iDirect Evolution-based service in Nigeria. Through a new local teleport equipped with an iDirect hub, Gilat Satcom will expand its reach throughout the country, delivering high-speed C-band service. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Gilat Satcom has integrated the iDirect platform with an MPLS-enabled routing network to provide both dedicated and shared services. The new service will support the needs of a wide range of customers, including banks, government offices, educational facilities, healthcare providers, TV networks, cellular operators and business enterprises. Customers can also take advantage of Gilat Satcom’s professional services, including fully-redundant power sourcing and local support.
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iDirect Government Technologies to Resell Riverbed Technology Products to Maximize Bandwidth Efficiencies and Increase Satellite Network Performance

Herndon, VA, May 2, 2011 – iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) has entered into a third-party agreement with Riverbed Technology to resell its wide area network (WAN) optimization and network visibility solutions in U.S. government and military satellite networks. Riverbed® products provide significant savings of satellite bandwidth, with a satellite-specific feature set that overcomes performance loss associated with latency. Riverbed WAN optimization solutions are a complementary technology to the iGT product set, creating a high-performance solution that meets the rigorous requirements of today’s government and military satellite networks.

iGT will resell Steelhead® appliances that provide comprehensive cross-layer optimization, resulting in significant performance enhancements over the satellite WAN. Performance is further enhanced by Riverbed SkipWare™ technology. SkipWare overcomes the sources of performance loss common in satellite networking and complies with Department of Defense (DoD) standards for interoperability. Riverbed satellite solutions improve network operations over high-latency satellite channels.
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The 21st Century Battlefield Is Fought on the Tactical Edge

Karl FuchsBy Karl Fuchs, Vice President, Technology, iDirect Government Technologies

The quicker soldiers can receive updated and accurate information, the more effective they become. Airborne satellite communications is playing its part in this new paradigm, allowing our military to communicate in the air with troops at sea, on land, and deployed in remote locations, where terrain and range can interfere with communications signals.

Advances in the speed and throughput of SATCOM signals have made high-definition (HD) video a reality for airborne applications. With the ability to upload full-motion video while in flight, high-speed airborne SATCOM can be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as voice, video and data applications for the military and to fortify disaster response efforts. Using SATCOM technologies, the military and emergency responder communities can make command assignments and target imagery of natural and man-made disasters.
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