Converged VSAT/LTE solution will enable high performance, redundancy and high reliability for connectivity at sea
Herndon, Va., March 31, 2020 – ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, today announced that Isotropic Networks, a trusted provider of global Internet services, has selected the iDirect iQ LTE technology to serve customers in the superyacht sector. This follows the successful early testing of the iQ LTE modem that demonstrated high reliability and performance over a hybrid network.
The superyacht market requires strong and reliable connectivity at sea with high expectations from owners and guests for access to the full range of digital applications ranging from video conferencing to social media and streaming services, with no outages. Satellite provides superyachts with a high level of reliability due to its availability in any location, unlike terrestrial connectivity, which is only accessible near the shore.
iQ LTE combines an iDirect satellite modem with an integrated Cradlepoint LTE cellular router to create a powerful converged solution that delivers persistent communications across a wide range of use cases. With this single-box solution, end-users will receive reliable connectivity from a single provider in a single bill, whilst using a smaller footprint and reducing operational management.
“Isotropic has a reputation for staying well ahead of the technological curve and seeking out cutting-edge technologies to push new boundaries. As our long-term partner, we were very excited when they decided to run the iQ LTE through its paces – and that it passed the tests. This will give Isotropic the opportunity to extend its services to their clients and we are confident that the iQ LTE solution will provide the failsafe connectivity which is particularly critical for the superyacht sector,” said Darren Ludington, VP Sales, ST Engineering iDirect.
During the tests, Isotropic achieved 200Mbps over layer 2 and successfully tested the switchover capability from VSAT to LTE to automatically connect to the best performing and lowest cost network.
Combined with Datadragon™, Isotropic’s award-winning intuitive bandwidth management and service platform, Isotropic will be able to offer superyacht customers an extremely reliable solution with assurance that the high level of bandwidth required to run any application will always be available. Datadragon enables optimization, personalization, and application-level transparency that was not possible before across any single or hybrid network. The power of Datadragon in tandem with iQ LTE’s ability to make changes on the fly will ensure that service level agreements are met for every application required by guests on board.
“If it was not for ST Engineering iDirect and their commitment to innovation over the years, we would not have been able to provide the unrivaled certainty that we do for customers each and every day,” said James Boden, Chief Satellite Scientist, Isotropic. “With the iQ LTE, we can deliver a converged LTE and satellite network solution that provides our superyacht customers with the persistent coverage and additional bandwidth they demand, no matter where they travel to. As we integrate the iQ LTE into our own technology strategy, it will help us grow in current markets and get a foot in the door of new markets such as the wider maritime and first response markets and the oil and gas sector.”
The iQ LTE Series is available on iDirect Evolution and Velocity.