All Apps on Board: All Eyes at Sea

Oil rig operators are constantly under pressure to run operations more efficiently and securely. With leasing rates averaging hundreds of thousands of dollars per day, a single minute of disrupted communications is a hefty loss in profits. The key to success is increasing the visibility and speed of collaboration between the rig and headquarters.

iDirect All Eyes at Sea

Today, VSAT networks provide real-time information exchanges between operations at sea and employees back at headquarters. One rising trend is the integrated use of video in day-to-day operations. Today, oil rigs are equipped to support video applications – whether that’s sending live video feeds from an oil rig or from the ocean floor. Furthermore, they’re equipping exploration vessels, workboats, tankers, offshore support vessels (OSVs), production platforms and remote drilling sites with full access to corporate networks.

Add to this the need to support basic corporate networking, crew welfare and bandwidth-heavy data transfer. And consider that oil and gas networks also support ocean-crossing oil tankers and other mobility applications – and suddenly many of today’s VSAT networks are challenged to carry the load.

Enter the newly launched iDirect 9350 Satellite Router. The 9350 is targeted at high-end commercial mobility markets, and initially features up to 150 Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200 Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC. Read More

Riding With Globecomm Sat Phones Support For Wounded Vets

From SatNews

globecommBenefiting wounded veterans is the Ride Allegheny charitable bicycle trek that runs from Pittsburgh to Maryland, and to assist with this event two satellite phones have been donated by Globecomm.

The phones will enable ride organizers to contact public safety officials if there is an emergency when the riders are beyond the range of cell phone coverage. Ride Allegheny started on September 29th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with more than 100 riders who will travel more than 300 miles—the ride ended in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 2nd. Ride Allegheny partnered with Operation Second Chance by providing support to the needs of soldiers and their families to cover the gaps that are not covered by the US Government. Since 2005, the event has raised more $2 million for Operation Second Chance.

Jason Juranek, the Globecomm CEO/CFO, stated that the riders traversed some of the most remote routes in western Pennsylvania and western Maryland and the satellite phone units that were donated helped them stay in touch, no matter where they were located during their journey. Continue>

All Apps on Board: Meeting Sky-High Expectations for Connectivity

Meet Sky-High Expectations - iDirectYou can barely board a flight these days that doesn’t advertise in-flight connectivity. Commercial airlines are investing more in VSAT for in-flight connectivity to compete for the loyalty of more than one billion annual airline passengers, as well as improve operational productivity in the face of constantly rising costs.

Today, expectations for what a VSAT network can deliver are soaring to a higher level. Passengers want to watch streaming video content and live TV without constant buffering. Further, onboard networks are expanding to support cellular service.

In the cockpit, in-flight connectivity serves a growing set of business needs, such as navigational charting, weather-pattern monitoring and mechanical system monitoring. And connectivity helps ground control stay in control, receiving live feeds from the aircraft to monitor fuel and maintenance needs.

Supporting all these applications demands a faster and more efficient network. Thankfully, High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are answering the call. NSR reports that approximately 18,000 aircraft will be powered by capacity from HTS by 2025, accounting for $2.8 billion in revenue. These numbers are in addition to 8,160 Ku-band units, and nearly 90,000 total VSAT-connected aircraft projected for the same timeframe.

With rising pressure on service providers to meet the airlines’ continual demand for increasing network performance, iDirect has introduced its next-generation aero remote, the CX780. Read More

Rising To The Needs Of The LATAM Market: An Elara Focus

From SatMagazine

elaraWhen thinking about connectivity in Latin America (LATAM), the belief is that this region of the world is a complicated market.

On the one hand, satellite connectivity represents a solid business opportunity, given the topography of LATAM countries. There is often difficulty in accessing some of the more remote towns which are far away from Mexico’s urban areas and where terrestrial connectivity is unknown. On the other hand, satellite connectivity as an alternative communications solution is too expensive for many  would-be users.

Nevertheless, since 2004, Elara Comunicaciones has been delivering satellite connectivity and a reliable customer experience for the LATAM market. This has enabled the Mexican company to meet with great success and over a relatively short period of time.

Since 2012, Elara’s teleport has been ranked in the Top Teleport Operators ranking of the World Teleport Association (WTA); the company works with eight satellites that provide and guarantee communication services for clients, with an availability of 99.8 percent. Continue>

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko at SatComRus 2016 to Discuss the New Economic Realities of Satellite

Nikita DemidenkoIf you’re in Moscow on Oct. 6, stop by the SatComRus 2016 show at the Hotel InterContinental. One of the bigger shows in Russia, it focuses on the region’s development of satellite communications and broadcasting.

iDirect’s Nikita Demidenko*, Sales Director, Russia and CIS, will participate in a panel during session two at 12:30: Industrial Internet: Is the Domestic Satellite Communication Industry Ready for a New Economic Reality?

Mr. Demidenko will cover the Internet of Things and whether satellite has a role in this market or if this is a passing fad.

Not into passing fads, but rather enduring trends, iDirect has already pulled the future into the present with its latest embedded compute remote series, built with extra processing power and memory to run value-added software without impacting performance.

Internet of Things

But where is the market for such services? Is your company ready? Read More

Ka-Band Connectivity to Become Standard on Lufthansa’s A320 Fleet

From Via Satellite

Lufthansa Technik AG has started installing the latest Ka-band satellite technology as standard equipment for the Lufthansa Group’s entire Airbus A320 aircraft family. Together with partners Inmarsat and Lufthansa Systems, the Ka-band satellite technology aims to allow internet coverage on short- and medium-haul flights with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. Passengers can use their own mobile devices to access the Internet via Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organization will fit a total of around 300 aircraft with the necessary antennas and routers in parallel in up to 10 production lines by spring 2018 at various Lufthansa Technik locations.

Lufthansa Technik currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Airbus A320 family and the Airbus A340 for installing the system. Continue>

All Apps on Board: Now Serving More Data

You could say that the superyacht passenger epitomizes the market standard for connectivity these days.

Once these passengers step aboard, their expectation for unparalleled bandwidth, premium VoIP services and 4K video – present in their everyday lives – is just as fervent out at sea.

Now Serving More DataFor the superyacht owner, that means that along with the high-end concierge service, they must be serving more data than ever.

Both passengers and crew want high-speed internet connectivity and access to content like streaming TV. And VSAT networks must support applications such as bridge communications, weather tracking and ship maintenance.

The superyacht segment within maritime has relied on VSAT for many years, and now that reliance levels up a notch. And as traffic demands surge and the number of devices per passenger per ship increases, superyacht owners are upgrading their VSAT networks to support higher-speed and higher-quality service.

A look at the market shows growth ahead. According to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) Maritime SATCOM Markets, 4th Edition, there will be 8,200 VSAT-equipped passenger vessels by 2025, up from 4,400 reported at the end of 2015. The general leisure maritime market, of which superyacht is part of, remains strong, with new ship orders demanding higher bandwidth options.

Learn what NSR and maritime VSAT leaders are forecasting for the years ahead.

Passenger markets are poised to move over to HTS-based offerings in GEO and Non-GEO, with almost 24 Gbps of demand by 2025, in addition to 79 TPEs of FSS capacity. HTS services are predicated to drive significant adoption with better coverage, more affordable bandwidth and lower-cost equipment. Read More

Live from Monaco Yacht Show: Kymeta, VT iDirect, Panasonic and Intelsat demo high-speed VSAT system, delivering Internet and TV service over first-of-its-kind flat panel antenna

KymetaiDirect has partnered with flat-panel antenna manufacturer Kymeta and Panasonic Avionics to host a live network demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The demo will stream Panasonic’s eXTV service, as well as Skype sessions and Internet access, running over iDirect’s new high-performance 9350 remote router, which will be connected to Kymeta’s new ultra-sleek flat-panel antenna subsystem module (ASM).

The demo is located in front of Restaurant Le Virage. Streaming TV and free Wi-Fi can be experienced in the VIP lounge during the following times:

  • Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Sept 29 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, Sept 30 from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The demo is enabled by the iDirect 9350 satellite remote. With the 9350, iDirect introduces a new class of remote ideal for the high-throughput expectations. Targeted at the high-end commercial mobility markets, the 9350 initially features up to 150Mbps of aggregate throughput Adaptive TDMA performance with a software upgrade path to well over 200Mbps via support for Adaptive SCPC.

Kymeta’s ground-breaking mTenna technology is a lightweight, metamaterials-based flat-panel ASM that can be recessed into the structure of super yachts making the ASM invisible. By using metamaterials as the basis of the design instead of a phased array approach the Kymeta ASM consumes an extraordinarily low amount of power – in fact, less than 15 Watts (that’s right, not kilowatts).

The Kymeta solution can scale with the use of the Kymeta antenna combiner to enable significantly higher Internet connection speeds than legacy maritime communications systems and is designed for next-generation GEO, MEO and LEO satellites. Read More

Inmarsat Inks Contract to Deliver Aviation Safety Services in China

From SatNews

Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) have contracted with satellite operator Inmarsat to provide aviation safety services to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and operators in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed this week, outlines MCN/ADCC’s intention to offer cockpit communication services, including Inmarsat’s Classic Aero and next generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SBB-S) services, across the country. The companies expect to finalize the partnership later this year.

Classic Aero is a voice and data safety service that offers satellite surveillance and communications — such as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) — that meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global flight tracking requirements. Continue>

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