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  • A government-only provider
    iDirect Government, founded in 2008 as a wholly owned subsidiary of VT iDirect Inc., provides satellite communications technology to all arms of the US Government. Its products include hubs, routers and software, as well as the leading TRANSEC-compliant, FIPS-certified security package in the satellite industry and the leading IP-based bandwidth-efficient satellite platform for government and military communications. iDirect Government has recently launched a significant number of new products, including hubs, line cards and remotes. Amy Saunders met with John Ratigan, President of iDirect Government, to learn more about the company’s operations and industry challenges and to gain insight into what it means to be a government-only provider.
  • Personal role radios: enhancing battlefield communications the world over
    Reliable communications are a vital part of modern life, but nowhere more so than in the battlefield, where they are literally life-or-death. In years gone by, battlefield communications were based around shouted orders, written notes or a complex series of hand signals. With the advent of personal role radios (PRRs), all this changed. Military operations became streamlined, efficient and secure, improving operational capabilities for defence forces around the world.
  • Challenges facing today’s customers
    XTAR LLC was founded in 2001 as the first commercial company to provide X-band satellite services. The privately-held company, which serves exclusively government and military users, started operations with the launch of XTAR-EUR at 29° East in 2005. The satellite hosts a NATO-configurable payload designed to support European customers. In 2006, XTAR-LANT was launched as a hosted payload on SPAINSAT at 30° West. XTAR was one of the first adopters of the hosted payload model. The company is currently exploring its expansion options by engaging with government policy makers and military acquisition authorities to ensure that any new systems fully address emerging user needs. Amy Saunders spoke with XTAR’s President and Chief Operating Officer - Philip Harlow and International Business Director Paul Bosher to find out more about commercial X-band services, the company’s areas of operation and the challenges faced by government and military users today.
  • Australia – smart satellite use for homeland security
    In a world where threats come from increasingly obscure sources, homeland security is of the utmost importance. Governments around the globe must invest massive sums to keep their borders and citizens safe, not just from terror threats, but from natural disasters and disease as well. Such events are catastrophic to the local economy, the farming industry and nearby inhabitants. To protect against these threats and more, Australia makes heavy and consistent investments in new security technology. Here, Amy Saunders takes a look at the country’s recent homeland security advancements.
  • Singapore homeland security
    Homeland security is a very significant concern across the Asia-Pacific and with the increase in terror-related events and also the effect of natural disasters it is easy to see why. Last year, Singapore agreed to back the multinational coalition against the Islamic State. This move has automatically rendered Singapore as vulnerable to an attack on its citizens. Of most concern are the so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks that are launched without warning and can strike anywhere and at any time.
  • Airborne ISR
    Airborne intelligence has become a staple of any military’s C4ISR portfolio and although budget constraints and changing priorities have struck militaries across the world, airborne ISR remains a top priority and an essential part of the C4ISR portfolio for both military and civil use.