iDirect Introduces New Features for Defense and Government Customers

iDX 2.3 software upgrade offers improved security and advancements in mobility and hardware capabilities

Mar 29, 2011, 09:00 ET from iDirect

HERNDON, Va., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it has expanded its government and defense feature set. The iDX 2.3 release expands iDirect's TRANSEC security capabilities, adds new FIPS 140-2 Level 2-compliant remote and line cards capable of supporting multiple return channels, and introduces a new feature that extends the battery life of portable satellite terminals. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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Combining TRANSEC with next-generation bandwidth availability

iDX 2.3 brings together two significant iDirect platform capabilities: TRANSEC and DVB-S2 with Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM). iDirect's TRANSEC-compliant software and hardware brings the highest level of security to a shared bandwidth system. ACM automatically optimizes link performance, balancing efficiency and availability as link conditions change due to adverse weather and satellite spectrum conditions. With iDX 2.3, iDirect has enabled TRANSEC over DVB-S2/ACM networks. Each remote deployed in a TRANSEC-secure network will be able to achieve optimal data throughput by utilizing the most efficient coding and modulation scheme at any moment in time. Networks that run DVB-S2/ACM typically experience bandwidth efficiency gains of 50% over non-DVB-S2 systems.

Extending battery power and mission life

Through iDX 2.3, iDirect is adding a new capability to its e850mp satellite router board that significantly increases the amount of time an e850mp-powered terminal is able to operate on battery power for ultra-lightweight, man-portable applications. Called Transmit Key Line, the feature conserves power by turning off the BUC's Power Amplifier (PA) when not in use. This innovation adds greater portability to Communications-on-the-Move units, as well as emergency response and command-and-control field applications.

Multi-channel demodulation, FIPS-compliant line cards

iDX 2.3 also introduces the Evolution eM0DM, a military-grade multi-channel demod- capable line card, as well as a full lineup of FIPS 140-2 Level 2-compliant line cards and remotes. The eM0DM line card will be available in two versions – non-FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and FIPS 140-2 Level 2-compliant. The line card can be activated to support up to 4 or 8 return channels through a future software upgrade, enabling service providers and end users to maximize hub chassis space and lower hardware costs. In addition, the eM1D1 line card, e8350, iConnex e800 and e850mp remotes are available in FIPS 140-2 Level 2-compliant versions.

"iDX 2.3 includes new features that make satellite communications more reliable in the harsh and remote field environments in which militaries operate. This release delivers improvements in security, scalability and availability – key attributes of the iDirect platform that have made it the de facto standard among government and defense customers worldwide."


Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, iDirect

iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company's satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ integrates advanced technology into iDirect's portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 15 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in over 50 countries through a diverse network of service provider partners, including seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten operators. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was set up to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the US Government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region.  Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering.  Please visit

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