SkyVision Launches iDirect Evolution Network To Expand VSAT Coverage In Africa

Provider deploys iDirect satellite hub in DRC to extend VPN service for corporate and government customers

Herndon, Va., May 30, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (SkyVision), a leading global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, has expanded its VSAT coverage in Africa by launching an iDirect Evolution network. The provider has deployed an iDirect 5IF satellite hub in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), allowing it to extend its SkyVision VPN service to local government and enterprise customers. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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An iDirect Update From Nor-Shipping 2011

iDirect and MTN at Nor Shipping 2011A team from iDirect descended on Oslo, Norway this week to attend the Nor-Shipping exhibition. Nor-Shipping is one of the largest maritime shipping exhibitions in the world as over 30,000 people attend this 4 day event that takes place every two years. VSAT plays a major role in the maritime industry providing the necessary connectivity to improve the life of mariners at sea while increasing the productivity and business processes on board a vessel. Numerous iDirect partners exhibit at this event and it provided a great opportunity for the iDirect maritime team to catch up with those partners. It also provided a chance to check out some of the latest in technology and services being offered for maritime communications. 

Wednesday evening, May 25th we hosted a dinner event for our service provider partners to thank them for their continued support in this growing market. We value the effort our partners make to promote iDirect and to build their maritime services on our platform. The feedback we receive at a show like this is very important as it gives us greater insight into the market requirements for our technology and a closer link with our partners and the ultimate end user of the iDirect equipment. Maritime will continue to be an important market for VSAT communications and we will continue to develop unique solutions to serve the increasing demand for broadband services.

We’ve posted pictures of the event and VIP dinner here.

Come see us at CommunicAsia!

CommunicAsia 2011CommunicAsia 2011 is right around the corner!  With close to 40,000 trade attendees expected to participate, it is Asia’s largest Information and Communications Technology platform. Highly acclaimed as the choice business platform in Asia for many of the world’s biggest satellite companies, CommunicAsia2011 has not only brought back all the big names but has also attracted many more satellite communications companies.  Start making your game plan now!

iDirect’s soon-to-be-released iDX 3.0 software brings TDMA and SCPC together for the first time on one platform. At the show you can be the first to see the behind-the-scenes of this exciting software release. Building on the power of the industry-leading Evolution® technology, iDX 3.0 is loaded with all the abilities you need to thrive in any industry, any network configuration. Stop by for a demonstration at stand 1N3-07.  And be sure to stick around for our VIP customer reception on Tuesday, June 21, 16.00-18.00.  Join us and learn more about iDX 3.0 – direct from the team behind this landmark release. 

There’s lots more going on at iDirect stand #1N3-07
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Detecon Al Saudia Launches GEO-Redundant VSAT Service In Saudi Arabia Powered By iDirect’s Evolution Platform

Network will provide reliable IP connectivity for banks, government, enterprise and military organizations

Herndon, Va., May 24, 2011– iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Detecon Al Saudia, a provider of telecommunication and IT services to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, is launching a geo-redundant satellite service in Saudi Arabia based on iDirect’s Evolution product line. Detecon Al Saudia purchased and installed two iDirect series 15100 universal satellite hubs, one at its existing tier III+ datacenter facility in Riyadh and the other at a new backup datacenter in Jeddah. The network is designed to provide critical data communications backup for financial institutions, corporations, government agencies and military organizations. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
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Maritime Becoming Prime Time For Satellite Companies

By Mark Holmes – Via Satellite

With demands for bandwidth set to increase, satellite players are vying to supply the crowded maritime sector with more effective communications solutions, as shipping operators look to satellite to boost their performance.

Maritime is one of the most exciting sectors for satellite companies, as shipping companies look to beef up their communications and entertainment capabilities. Improved connectivity is becoming a vital tool for improving overall efficiency and reducing costs as well as retaining an experienced crew, important considerations for shipping operators during tough economic times.
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MSC’s IT/MIS department breaks new ground

Bill Becken speaks with Giuseppe Flammia, chief information officer, MSC Cruises, about its IT department’s innovative end-user and operational services.

He beams with the delight of one who has assisted thousands of cruise ship guests and management staff with their computer and technology needs. Giuseppe Flammia, MSC Cruises’ chief information officer, seems reassuringly conventional and confident of obtaining pretty cool results providing he is equipped with the right tools.

Flammia studied information science at the University of Salerno, Italy, and then completed several IBM telecommunications and security courses. He started as an IT specialist in finance and insurance. Indeed, he worked in a number of industries before joining MSC Group in 2003 as the IT infrastructure manager.

He was soon appointed head, corporate IT infrastructure, at the cruise line. From 2006 to 2008 he was acting chief information officer, and appointed to the post full time in 2008. He reports directly to the chief executive officer.

The division’s tasks and duties centre on technology management and implementation, from IT personnel, hardware, and reservation system development to operational software development, including inventory systems, accounting systems, web applications and security systems.  Continue>

2011 Satellite Operator Benchmarks Webinars by WTA

Based on WTA’s groundbreaking reports, WTA will be delivering Webinars to further explore the topics and results that are pushing the industry to take action.

2011 Satellite Operator Benchmarks Webinars June 8, 9 and 10

WTA’s Satellite Operator Benchmarks report provides satisfaction ratings and feedback from teleport executives around the world on the commercial practices and operational performance of the top four satellite operators.  That report now comes to life in WTA’s Webinars, led by report author and WTA Executive Director Robert Bell. Get inside the report and learn more about the dynamic relationship between satellite and teleport operators. Be part of the discussions that will contribute to a stronger industry.

To read more and register, click here.

iDirect Expands Product Portfolio With New Optimization Solutions From Xiplink

New capabilities help network operators improve bandwidth utilization and enhance end-user experience

Herndon, Va., May17, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it will offer new Web and UDP optimization solutions through a reseller agreement with XipLink, Inc., a technology leader in wireless bandwidth optimization. The new optimization solutions work with iDirect’s line of satellite hubs and remote routers to enhance the end-user’s Web browsing experience, enable increased voice call volume, as well as provide overall bandwidth savings for network operators. The optimization software is an option for iDirect’s recently expanded range of XipLink acceleration appliances. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Through the new XipLink Hub Optimizations (XHO) solution, iDirect is able to provide advanced compression of http traffic that enables network operators to improve performance, reducing bandwidth requirements by up to 30 percent. Bundled with the XA-30K and XA-10K products, XHO software can be installed as a single-sided solution. Used alongside an iDirect hub to complement iDirect’s built-in Quality of Service and acceleration features, it delivers an exceptional end-user browsing experience. The XHO software was recently awarded the 2011 Teleport Technology of the Year award by the World Teleport Association.
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A Single View of the Truth: Communicating with your customers – is more information better?

Denis SutherlandBy Denis Sutherland

SatManage dashboards provide easy-to-view info

Don’t you wish you had more emails? Information? More things to read?

I hate to say it, but the cliché is true: people are overloaded with information these days. We have every means capable to stay in touch 24×7 with family, friends and work. How are you staying on top of emails, tweets, LinkedIn updates, and Facebook posts?  How do you make sure your customers have the right filter to save only the most important information?

Although this article from The Economist discusses reports from data networks, satellite networks also produce a plethora of data to be analyzed in the same manner. Your satellite network will generate lots of information like alarms, stats, messages, outages and thresholds, but which ones are the most significant? And, more importantly, what does your customer want to know? Does this network outage impact the high-level customers? Which customers have stringent SLAs? How can we ensure the customers are meeting SLAs when the operations staff is obscured by a wave of unimportant data?
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Want to work with a leading satellite communications company?

iDirect is hiring and we’d love for you to be part of the team. Check out our featured jobs:

Associate Software Engineers (NMS)

Software Engineer (Datapath)

Component Engineer

Senior RF/Microwave Test Engineer
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