All Apps on Board: Meet Demand on Any Level

Meet Demand on Any Level

Picture this: A family of four set to go on a cruise. Dad must remain in contact with the office, taking calls and even a bit of video conferencing. Mom is streaming episodes of her favorite television show on her tablet, while the kids are keeping up their social and gaming profiles using multiple devices.

And now, multiply this by the thousands and what you have is the new reality of serving passengers aboard luxury cruise ships. In fact, more passengers are stepping aboard these luxury cruise liners than ever. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers will travel via global ocean cruise by the end of 2016, up from the 20.9 million in 2012.

Consider it part of the unrelenting level of demand that comes as a result of being connected across every aspect of our lives these days. In fact, Northern Sky Research (NSR) says value-added connectivity services are becoming a bigger selling point for the cruise market than ever before.

Read our latest maritime feature to learn more about what analysts are forecasting for the future of maritime VSAT.

And along with passenger connectivity comes the need to run safer, more intelligent and productive operations. Crew must stay connected in order to access a vessel’s entire IT network, fix issues remotely, run real-time weather and navigation applications, and provide telehealth. These applications require data communication back to shore and increasingly involve live video. Read More

Maritime & Satellite Industries Coordinate Cyber-Security Strategies

From SatNewsGVF and Digital Ship

Drawing upon the combined expertise of the SATCOM and maritime sectors in order to identify key elements of strategies that enhance network integrity, maritime cyber security was examined on September 8th at Digital Ship’s 2nd Maritime Cyber Risk & Safety Forum at the SMM event.

With leadership from Global VSAT Forum (GVF), critical technologies used for navigation at sea—including GPS (Global Positioning System), AIS (Automatic Identification System), and ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System)—were examined as being among the primary systems being defended from attempted cyber attacks. The panelists also revealed the increased threats influencing decisions made by companies and what strategies are being employed by those in the maritime connectivity sector to address these risks, as well as what opportunities are emerging.

The GVF expert forum evaluated how industry is reacting to increased cyber threats born out of the growing use of Cloud and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships with smaller crews—which requires greater reliance on automation and remote monitoring. Policies, guidelines and best practices were central to the discussion, as well as how industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. Continue>

Inmarsat Receives Global Satellite Operator Of The Year Award

inmarsatFrom SatNews

On September 14th, at Euroconsult’s 13th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications during their World Business Satellite Week event, Inmarsat was the recipient of the Global Satellite Operator Of The Year award.

Euroconsult, a global consulting firm that specializes in space markets, announced the winning recipients during their hosting of this event and these awards recognize companies and their management for outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector.
Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts who assess candidates using rigorous qualitative and quantitative criteria.

Michele Franci, Inmarsat Chief Technology Officer, collected the award on behalf of Inmarsat at World Business Satellite Week, which brings together the most influential representatives of the global satellite communications and information business. Continue>

Harris CapRock Received TMT News 2016 Telecoms Award for Maritime and Energy Wireless Communications

Harris CaprockFrom SatNews

Harris CapRock Communications has received the TMT News’ 2016 Telecoms Award for its leadership in maritime and energy wireless communications. The TMT News award recognizes service providers and technology innovators in the telecoms sector. The winners were selected by 136,000 subscribers and industry professionals.

“The Maritime and Energy Wireless Solutions award acknowledges Harris CapRock’s contributions to the industry and our ability to deliver advanced communications around the globe,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock. “It is an honor that so many people recognized our organization based on the value of service we provide.”  Continue>

All Apps on Board – Maritime VSAT Infographic

The demand for VSAT connectivity is surging across core mobility markets today. And for satellite service providers, the imperative has become this: accommodating more people on the network, running more bandwidth-intensive applications, all at the same time.

It could mean supporting a network for a cruise ship community of 5,000 people travelling with more than 10,000 devices combined.  It could mean supporting a high-throughput network on board a superyacht for high-profile millionaires. Or it could mean managing a dynamic mix of passenger and crew applications aboard a commercial airline.

Check out this infographic to learn more:

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SES Launches Global SES Maritime+ Solution To Deliver High-Speed Connectivity To Vessels Traversing Oceans

Maritime customers to enjoy seamless global roaming through new fully-customisable and scalable managed service 

LUXEMBOURG, 14 September 2016 — SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans.

SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.

SES Maritime+ DiagramThe managed connectivity service brings together SES’s global network infrastructure and hybrid satellite capacity with the latest technology from VT iDirect, enabling SES customers to deliver a complete platform solution to maritime users on a worldwide basis. Commercial benefits include customized service level agreements and scalable throughput options, with standardized pricing regardless of region or season of operation.

The global SES Maritime+ product is part of SES’s enhanced data network, SES Plus, which is offering customised products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the mobility and enterprise markets. In March of this year, a regional Ka-band maritime+ offering was unveiled specifically to target Europe. Read More

The 9-Series: Pairing Performance with Efficiency for Government & Defense

iDirect Defense Line CardsFor government and defense agencies, confidence is key to all aspects of their operation. This includes their investment in technology, as these agencies must always be assured that the tools they have today are future proof to withstand any challenge ahead.

With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite routers and defense line cards, iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on efficiency.

iDirect continually delivers software feature enhancements on the Evolution® platform to accompany its next-generation of 9-series remotes. The result is a networking platform that provides today’s militaries with the most efficient use of bandwidth.

As satellite capacity increases with HTS (High Throughput Satellite) and WGS (Wideband Global Satellite), network optimization and driving higher performance out of the network becomes even more important to accomplish the mission. With the release of next-generation defense line cards – the DLC-T and DLC-R– defense customers can enable secure voice, data and video communication links and never seen before performance and throughput levels. Read More

Meet the 9-Series Satellite Routers with Steve Moses

Q&A with Steve Moses, Chief Product Owner for the Evolution Product Line

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RemotesQ: Introduce us to the 9350, and tell us what makes this remote stand out from others on the market today?

Moses: Today we face a new reality in the market; one where end-users have an unrelenting demand for more bandwidth at all times. Whether that is aboard a maritime vessel, or out in the middle of the ocean on an oil rig, the expectation to do more is very real. We are talking more people, more devices, more bandwidth-hungry applications. And it is an expectation that satellite service providers must rapidly be in position to address.

The 9-series remotes are designed with this very challenge in mind; able to handle this level of unrelenting demand across high-end mobility and enterprise markets, as well as specific applications for government and defense.

The 9350 is highly focused on delivering unprecedented levels of performance and efficiency. The rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2/ACM and Adaptive TDMA, and a path to well over 200 Mbps via support with Adaptive SCPC.

Q: The 9350 belongs to the new 9 series that iDirect introduced to the market. Walk us through the different models and what makes each a distinct fit for that particular use case.

Moses: The 9-series comes in different form factors and capabilities. We have three products depending on the use case and the integration level needed. Along with the aforementioned 9350, these models include: Read More

The 9-Series: Matching Security and Innovation for Government and Defense

iDirect 9-Series Satellite RoutersHere’s a challenge to consider: How to provide government and defense agencies with access to the latest technology advancements while ensuring they maintain the proper security and accreditation requirements for military operations.

With the release of the next-generation 9-series of satellite remotes and defense line cards (DLCs), iDirect continues to raise the bar across three fronts of innovation: performance, efficiency, and security. This week we focus on security.

Security starts with the network platform. The iDirect Evolution® platform is FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standards) Level 2 certified and now Level 3 certifiable. Obtaining  Level 3 certification means the encryption module requires additional  tamper detection and the ability to zeroize all plain text critical security parameters (CSPs) when unauthorized access is detected. As an added layer of security, the module uses ports that are physically separated from other ports, or interfaces that are logically separated using a trusted path from other interfaces. All of these features are now available with the 9-Series and defense line cards on the Evolution Platform.

To ensure the highest level of military security standards, the platform also offers the latest TRANSEC (transmission security) enhancements and encryption, which help to mask communication activity—a necessity for military operations to safeguard mission-critical information exchange from adversaries.

iDirect’s new 9-Series remotes are particularly valuable in this regard as they support dual-domain TRANSEC; this allows the remotes to maintain two separate sets of security certificates for two different TRANSEC networks simultaneously. One-Way TRANSEC is a new feature that secures broadcast traffic from the hub to a network of receive only remotes, while two-way TRANSEC is for both receive and transmit. Read More

Optimizing Your Network for Performance and Efficiency

Ever-increasing business and personal connectivity demands continue to take service expectations to a new level. In mobility markets like super yacht and luxury cruise, or for high-end enterprise like oil & gas, the service imperative has transformed to accommodating more people on the network at all times running bandwidth-intensive applications.

With it, the message to satellite service providers has become clear: Deliver a service that allows for more—more people, more devices, and more applications.

Helping to meet this imperative, iDirect has debuted next-generation technology that takes efficiency and performance to new levels, all with the ability to leverage their current investment in iDirect technology.

iDirect's Universal Line Cards (ULCs)On the efficiency side it starts with our next-generation Universal Line Cards, iDirect’s most powerful to date. The ULC-R (return line cards) will feature aggregate symbol rates up to 29Msps, with individual carriers up to 15Msps. These levels are significantly higher performance beyond iDirect’s other line cards and have room to grow as we add more waveform capabilities to the system. Future capabilities of the ULC-R also feature 16QAM MODCODs for improved efficiency.

The ULC-T (transmit line cards), on the other hand, support DVB-S2/ACM and also higher, more efficient MODCODs such as 32APSK as well as embedded pre-distortion. This helps customers realize new gains in efficiency and performance when operating on transponders closer to saturation. The ULC-Ts are compatible with the existing hub equipment, yet are future proof with DVB-S2X readiness being able to support up to 125 MHz bands at much higher MODCODs.

These new features are complementary to iDirect’s existing bandwidth efficiency features such as smaller roll-off factors as well as inbound phase tracking, and adaptive waveform enhancements that allow for optimal carrier spacing and adaptability to save bandwidth. Coupled with the availability of higher MODCODs and additional FEC rates, each of these efficiency gains permits greater throughput on the same amount of bandwidth. This ultimately increases profitability or lowers total cost of ownership via OPEX savings.

iDirect's High Performance 9-Series Satellite Remotes

Complementing performance gains on the hub side is the 9350 on the remote side. Targeted at high-end commercial mobility and defence markets, the rack-mounted 9350 is the fastest iDirect TDMA remote to date with over 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput with DVB-S2 and Adaptive TDMA, and a path to well over 200 Mbps with Adaptive SCPC. The 9350 also features a multi-core processor, Gigabit Ethernet links, dual demodulators, and an LCD display. Read More