Posted on: 29 October 2015 by Mark Howells
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has nearly completed the rollout of its iDirect Velocity ground infrastructure platform to support Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite fleet.
The final stage of the rollout is the over-the-air testing of iDirect Velocity on the Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite. This follows the successful Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Over-the-Satellite Acceptance Testing (OSAT) of iDirect Velocity on Inmarsat-5 F1 and F2 satellites, as well as Site Acceptance Testing at Inmarsat’s GX earth stations.
iDirect is providing Inmarsat with the first deployment of its iDirect Velocity platform. Using the global bandwidth management system, Inmarsat can integrate capacity across multiple spot beams to deliver seamless broadband connectivity and provide tiered service options to its distribution partners.
Mary Cotton, iDirect’s CEO, commented, “With the launch of GX, we’re uniting iDirect’s world-class ground infrastructure with Inmarsat’s worldwide reach to meet growing demand for connectivity across high-value markets. Our partnership has enabled both companies to work in unison to solve emerging challenges related to high throughput satellites and ensure that this critical technology development creates new opportunities across the satellite industry.”
“GX is operational over our first satellite, which entered commercial service across EMEA and Asia in July last year, and is providing service and supporting Alpha & Beta test campaigns, thanks in a large part to iDirect Velocity,” explained Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s chief technology officer. “As we begin testing for I-5 F3, iDirect Velocity helps create a new way to deliver the Inmarsat experience, and each successful testing is a significant milestone as we prepare for global commercial service introduction.”