Commercial Satellites Plug Bandwidth Gap For Military Satcom

New techniques improve access and security while increasing capacity of existing satellites

By Terry Costlow, Defense Systems

Warfighters at the tactical edge rely on timely, highly valuable information, and the Defense Department is increasingly turning to commercial satellite providers to relay those messages and images. To fulfill that mission, communications providers use a range of technologies to increase bandwidth and cram more signals into available links.

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Simon Bull Previews the GVF Pre-Conference Program

Simon BullDuring SATELLITE 2011, GVF will be hosting a “Maritime Satcom Strategies” Seminar on Monday, March 14 as part of the Pre-Conference Program GVF Presents: Emerging Markets. Scott Chase interviewed seminar chairman Simon Bull, senior consultant at COMSYS and chairman of the newly-formed GVF Maritime Satcom Forum.

Scott Chase: If you had to name the three biggest trends in the maritime satellite communications market, what would they be?

Simon Bull: Without doubt, I would say that the three biggest trends are maritime satellite service providers’ shift from serving regional markets to addressing deep-ocean vessels; increasing demand for smaller antennas, which are being implemented in an attempt to reduce capital cost; and rapidly increasing bandwidth demands.

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Vizada Networks Implements iDirect-Based VSAT Infrastructure In Europe For Large Civil Defense Agency

Successful hub installation establishes highly reliable, flexible communications link between agency HQ and remote outposts

Herndon, Va., February 28, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Vizada Networks, the world’s largest independent satellite communications provider, was recently awarded a contract by a large civil defense agency to provide satellite infrastructure and training services. Vizada Networks has just completed installation of an iDirect hub at the agency’s headquarters and trained the agency’s engineers to install iDirect remotes at each of its outposts. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Cellular Backhaul Webinar Ready for Playback

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, iDirect held a webinar, “Cellular Backhaul in Today’s Environment” with iDirect’s Director, Verticals Marketing, Richard Deasington. In case you missed it, you can watch it here: www.iDirect.net/webinar

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Maritime broadband is going to receive some proprietary “goodness”

From SatNews Daily, February 25, 2011

Vizada has launched Pharostar™, its proprietary VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) fixed satellite communications service and the latest addition to its maritime broadband portfolio. The new Pharostar VSAT service will help meet increasing market demand for high-performance broadband connectivity at sea. Based on iDirect technology, the service provides standard IP data speeds of 1024 kbps for multiple applications such as internet, email and VoIP.

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Coming Soon: iDX 3.0 Brings TDMA and SCPC Together

Together at last! iDirect’s new iDX 3.0 software brings TDMA and SCPC together on one platform for the first time to bring new opportunities for network operators. 

By adding the capability of an Evolution remote to operate in either TDMA or SCPC mode, operators gain the flexibility to adapt to heavier periods of traffic with SCPC and then return to TDMA mode for shared efficiency. This results in cost savings from having to operate two separate networks as well as efficient use of bandwidth capacity. The new SCPC Return Channel feature can be added to any iDirect Evolution network through a simple software upgrade and works over iDirect’s multi-channel hub line cards. 

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Thanks for stopping by at CABSAT

CABSAT was held Feb. 8-10, and it was a busy show for iDirect. We spent a lot of time demonstrating our SatManage product and our new booth proved its worth with its classroom-style seating area.  Attendees stop at our booth to learn how SatManage, our web-based software solution, can automate, monitor, and integrate hybrid networks and NOC-based applications, serving to enable large-scale, complex networks to run more efficiently.

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NewCom International Telemedicine Project Leverages iDirect’s Evolution VSAT Platform To Connect Haiti Hospital With Top Doctors In U.S.

Donated Internet Connectivity, VideoMeetings™ Service Predicted to “Save Countless Lives”

Herndon, Va., February 23, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Miami-based NewCom International, a global satellite communications firm committed to fostering education, advancing health care and promoting economic development through 21st century communications, recently donated and implemented telemedicine and Internet service based on iDirect’s Evolution platform for Haiti’s Sacre Coeur Hospital. After a year of scrambling to provide adequate care to victims of last year’s devastating earthquake, the hospital staff now has the ability to consult face-to-face with top medical experts in the United States and around the world. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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iDX 2.3 Sneak Preview: TRANSEC is Even Better

iDX 2.3 is coming!

This latest software addition to our iDX series, iDX 2.3, offers defence and government customers DVB-S2 TRANSEC over Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) and Transmit Keyline, along with FIPS 140-2 compliancy. Combining TRANSEC with DVB-S2/ACM creates a robust, secure and efficient TRANSEC solution. Transmit Keyline enables an e850mp powered terminal to conserve power by turning off its BUC’s Power Amplifier (PA) on a burst-by-burst basis. Read More

New Satellite Data Handling Platform Boosts Bolivia’s Pipeline Operations

Pipeline and Gas ArticleYPFB Transporte Flowing At Full Capacity

By Michel Zimet, Director, Veritical Marketing, iDirect

Bolivia has more than 4,700 miles of gas and liquid pipelines comprising a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure and critical to its economic well being and security.

One company manages more than 80% of Bolivia’s pipeline operations: YPFB Transporte.

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