Are you ready to unleash the power of the 9-Series Satellite Routers and Defense Line Cards (DLCs)?
Before doing so, let’s first talk over iDirect Government’s (iDirectGov) most powerful Major Defense-Based Release to date. We sat down with iDirectGov’s Senior Product Manager Tony Tran to get the exciting details on the latest software release.
What really stands out about Evolution 4.2?
There are a lot of features coming out with this release, but I would say the three most important are:
1. Supporting 29 Msps single carrier return for the 9-Series Satellite Routers – the 900, 9350 and 950mp. This gives users faster performance and increased throughput to send larger files like video and photos. Previously, the max speed was limited to 7.5 Msps. With both 4.2 and the 9-Series, we made a significant made a leap forward to enable users to do more with on our platform.
2. Full support for 9-Series Airborne Satellite Routers – the 980, 9800 AE and 9800 AR. We had some aero support in previous releases, but it was designed to enable aircraft testing and integration only. Now, we can deliver these products to customers with all the bells and whistles like support up to 15 Msps single carrier return and improved beam switch API.
Also supported under Evolution 4.2, the 9-Series Airborne products support ultra-high-speed Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) so users can stay connected even when the aircraft is traveling at 1,000 mph – this is a big leap from the previous limit of 700 mph.
3. Significant advancements to the existing multi-frequency time-division multiple access (MF-TDMA) waveform greatly improves the connectivity of ultra-small or disadvantaged terminals. With these advancements, it also improves reliability for COTM networks. As a result of these powerful waveform enhancements, it truly allow the 9-Series airborne products to take flight.
What other new features are coming with 4.2 that users will enjoy?
Hub operators will be happy to hear that we’ve made it much easier for them to calculate fan in/fan out in iBuilder, a part of our NMS, to specify the true frequency of a satellite with cross bands. Operators will no longer have to rely solely on spreadsheets or figure out math calculations on a napkin and manually configure this feature; instead, iBuilder does all the work for them.
Evolution 4.2 also boasts 16-channel returns on the DLC-R, which is definitely an upgrade from the 8- channel returns. Now that we have bigger composite symbol rates of 29 Msps and more capacity on the defense line cards, users are now able to divide that up in to smaller chunks and still have a decent amount of bandwidth to work with.
Another great feature that comes with Evolution 4.2 is the support for superburst and spread acquisition. Before this, you were not able to run both of these features on a TRANSEC-enabled network. Now, you can. Speaking of TRANSEC, we’ve also included some TRANSEC usability improvements that makes it simpler to setup and protect the network – TRANSEC operators today will be quite thankful for this feature (you know who you are).
And of course, I would be remiss not to mention our 9-Series and DLCs products are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified, and that 4.2 is WGS certification ready. As a result, this combination makes this Evolution software a Major Defense-Based Release.
What problems does Evolution 4.2 solve for our customers?
The increase return carrier support from 7.5 Msps to 29 Msps will allow users to transmit more data than ever before, which is important for scenarios involving either telemedicine or drones transmitting imagery back to command. It’s a lot easier to do all of that with 29 Msps than 7.5 Msps.
Full support for our Airborne Satellite Routers will give customers the opportunity to upgrade from our 8-Series variants to the new 9-Series model, letting them take advantage of higher symbol rates, better beam switching capability and being able to use ultra-high-speed COTM.
Lastly, Adaptive TDMA will improve the performance for disadvantage terminals and terminals with smaller antennas.
Who benefits the most from Evolution 4.2?
I really believe that all of our users will benefit from this release, and not just our airborne users. We’ve done a lot of things to improve the operator’s experience like having a larger and flexible return carriers, TRANSEC usability improvements and making fan in/fan out configurable in iBuilder. All of these things make our products easier to use and reduces the chance for error.
Our customers using COTM and definitely our airborne customers who rely heavily on the ultra-high-speeds COTM increase will benefit greatly from Evolution 4.2.
What is the best way for customers to really get the full power and see what the new release can do?
The real question that should be asked here is whether or not users are ready to witness first-hand the next evolution of our platform? If so, they should be prepared to experience the true power of the 9-Series and DLCs. Just upgrade and see for it yourself! The difference will be night and day – the combination of 4.2, the 9-Series and DLCs will be nothing but positive for everyone.