Toni Kousiafes, Product Manager, iDirect, in conversation with SatellitePro ME, explains the company’s approach to innovation and product development.
The approach we take to product development is two-fold – one is about understanding the end-user needs within different vertical markets and clearly defining the use case
“The approach we take to product development is two-fold – one is about understanding the end-user needs within different vertical markets and clearly defining the use case. It is about understanding the applications that they are running and what we need to do to ensure that satellite is a mainstream connectivity option for them.
Then we look at our partners, the ones offering the service to the end-users. We develop our system in a manner that provides them the flexibility to offer a service that delivers the same level of quality of and user experience as a terrestrial network.
“The latest product we have developed is the next generation high-end X7 remote. It is our response to the market’s demand for higher throughput and higher bandwidth requirements. It has all the key product features required in an enterprise grade remote: an ideal form factor, variant power supply configurations to internally power higher wattage BUCs and an embedded 8-port VLAN aware switch that allows for secure traffic segregation. The X7 also has two fully independent DVB-S2 demodulators so that you can actually receive multicast traffic from a completely separate network than that of your unicast traffic. This becomes very interesting with the emergence of high throughput satellites and spot beam architectures and is highly relevant in broadcast overlay type networks.
“This particular product has been designed and brought to market to address the insatiable demand for high throughput in all verticals that our partners serve including oil and gas, high-end enterprise and maritime, among others. Take a use case in oil and gas, in particular, offshore drilling rigs. The communication infrastructure is typically shared among multiple users that are collocated on the drilling rig; therefore the demand for throughput could be 10Mbps to 15 Mbps on the return carriers. We are addressing this need, all the while maintaining the value of using a shared Adaptive TDMA architecture.”