It’s hard to believe that there’s only two weeks left in 2018 – and what a year it’s been! We’ve launched new products, doubled our team and enjoyed meeting customers and partners at events all year long.
What better way to commemorate the end of an exciting year than to share our highlights through another, albeit more subtle, success: Our blog.
In January 2018, we announced that we would re-launch our corporate blog and promised to deliver content no less than twice per month. We’re happy to report that we’ve kept that promise, delivering meaningful content in a timely fashion to give you a glimpse inside our world.
Let’s take a look back on 2018 by reflecting on our most impactful blogs of the year, celebrating women in engineering, teamwork and new beginnings.
SOFIC 2018 proved to be the perfect time to announce not one, not two, but THREE new innovations to the market this year: Evolution 4.2, our 9050 OM and the TRASC system.
Our most powerful Major Defense-Based software release to date, Evolution 4.2, truly unleashes the power of our 9-Series Satellite Routers – especially our 9-Series airborne products. When paired with our 9-Series, Evolution 4.2 boosts the DLC-R single carrier capacity to 29 Msps, which is a huge improvement from Evolution 2.3’s single carrier capacity of 7.5 Msps. Not only does Evolution 4.2 drastically increase speed, it also makes transmissions much, much more secure by providing an improved user interface for configuring TRANSEC networks.
We also officially announced our latest and greatest product to the 9-Series product line: our 9050 OM. The 9050 OM is our first ruggedized outdoor modem that protects the 950mp from the elements. It’s waterproof, dust proof and HALO jump proof. It can withstand temperatures ranging from -40F to 131F. It’s exactly the outdoor modem you want to have while you work in the field.
While our 9050 OM has you covered down below, we teamed up with UltiSat, R4 and SelectTech Geospatial to cover you in the sky with the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for C-130 military transport aircraft: the Tactical Removable Airborne Satellite Communications (TRASC) system.
This turnkey solution includes a UltiSat 18-inch parabolic antenna with ideal size, weight and power (SWaP) for military use; SelectTech’s roll-on roll-off transit case integrated with our 9800 AR Satellite Router, power supply and gateway router; and R4’s C-130 hatch that’s based on a U.S. Air Force- and FAA-approved multi-purpose hatch system.
In honor of International Women in Engineering Day, we sat down with our Sr. Software Engineer Joanna Musick to get to know her better and hear about her path to engineering. Here’s a snippet from our interview with her describing the moment she knew she wanted to be an engineer:
“How I ended up with it was a real fluke. I started out as a literature major and a history minor with the goal of teaching on a college campus. My undergraduate work was fine, it was good, and it was fun. I took some time off and lived life, and then when I was settling back down, I decided to really grow up and pursue a law degree.
What I did then and what I always do in life – not realizing then what it was – was asking myself how to get there. What does that mean? What do I have to do? What do I have to learn? I grabbed a chalkboard – a literal old-fashioned chalkboard I had as a kid, you know, I’m a certain age, so it was a chalkboard – began writing everything down and said, ‘OK, this is what I know about it, and this is what I might have to do.’ As I’m writing, my older brother walked by and said, ‘You’re doing software? I heard law?’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He replied, ‘You’re not outlining a program?’
I didn’t get it because I wasn’t thinking in those terms. He said, ‘Baby sister, hey, take a look at what you’re doing! That’s a program!’ So we sat down and started going over a few things, and I was like, ‘Wow, are you kidding?’ And he said ‘Yeah! Come here,’ and sat me down in front of a computer. We started playing a little bit and I said, ‘Oh this is way too cool. This is what you do?’ He’s a biological engineer so it was different, but it was similar enough that he could talk the talk with me.”
More than 30 U.S. military veterans work at iDirectGov, so we would be remiss to not mention the sacrifices they have given and our never-ending gratitude for them.
One charity that we are happy to work with is the Patriot Foundation, which provides scholarship funding to children of killed, wounded, injured or ill soldiers from Fort Bragg in the Global War on Terrorism. Their motto: Taking care of those left behind.
Every year, the Patriot Foundation hosts a dinner and golf tournament to help raise money for these scholarships. This year two proud iDirectGov representatives, Sr. Systems Engineer Mitch Cole and Director of Government Programs/Sales Paul Harr, attended the event. We asked Cole, a U.S. Army veteran who served from 2002-2008, to pen a guest blog describing the event and the impact it has had on him. You can read more about it here.
Another way we give back specifically to the veterans who work at iDirectGov is host an annual Veterans Day luncheon the week of or before Veterans Day. This year, we compiled a video of all the veterans sharing a bit about why they served, what it meant to them and what this country represents.
Our engineering department can certainly be the life of the party – they’re fun, creative and quirky individuals – but they can switch from festive to business at the drop of a hat to design some of the most powerful software and hardware on the market. That’s part of what makes our engineering team so dynamic, successful and inspiring to be around.
We sat down with two of them, Director of Software and Architecture Adrian Robinson and Hardware Development Manager Tim Hoyt, to chat about why they love working here, why they love being part of this team and how much they enjoy breaking things.
Training is a huge part of preparing for the year ahead, so when our 2019 training calendar was released earlier this month, we knew we had to sit down with Sr. Manager of Global Technology Services Jae Lee to learn why our training is a must to get ready for 2019.
In the post, Lee explains how training is set up, which courses students should take and why students should continue taking trainings – especially after new equipment and software releases.
That’s a wrap for 2018! Thank you all for making it one of our best years yet. Stay tuned for more innovations coming your way in 2019.