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IP Access Upgrades First Responder Communications Terminal with iDirect iQ 200 Board Technology

Herndon, Va., September 9, 2019 – ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, today announced that IP Access International will integrate the iDirect iQ 200 Board and the latest Evolution® software release, iDX 4.1.3, into its HARRIER terminal, a portable and hybrid communications solution for first responders. The iQ 200 Board will enable the HARRIER solution to achieve higher throughput and greater efficiency, with Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services run on Layer 2 over Satellite (L2oS).

The HARRIER terminal’s portability and capability make it an ideal solution for first response teams who need to establish communications for relief efforts at disaster sites quickly and without extensive training. With the iQ 200 Board, IP Access will also substantially increase the amount of space available for other integrated devices within the HARRIER terminal due to the iQ 200’s extremely small footprint. The L2oS advancement also allows for native IPv6 support, which is increasingly becoming a requirement.

“We chose to upgrade our HARRIER solution with the iDirect iQ 200 Board because of its superior throughput and efficiency offerings,” said Bill Pitz, Chief Technical Officer, IP Access International. “First response teams need the most powerful but cost-effective solution they can carry. Having the iQ 200 Board teamed up with the IP Access Select satellite network, first response teams can rest assured they have reliable communications no matter where they go.”

“IP Access has been at the forefront of providing satellite solutions for first response teams for two decades,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas, ST Engineering iDirect. “Quick response from reliable communications translates into lives saved. We are honored to work with IP Access to create a tool that builds a lifeline between local communities and first response teams, over satellite or cellular networks.”

The iQ 200 board can operate in either DVB-S2 or DVB-S2X standards with high return channel capabilities that can be easily upgraded over the air to add throughput and features, depending on customer needs. This versatile remote also features iDirect’s highly differentiated bandwidth management and prioritization technology, ensuring terrestrial-grade link quality and L2oS functionality that provide transparent and flexible access. When combined with the newly released Evolution 4.1.3 software, the iQ 200 can achieve industry-leading upstream data rates up to 40 Mbps with 16QAM. On the downstream, the iQ Series remotes support DVB-S2 as well as DVB-S2X up to 256APSK MODCOD (modulation and forward error correction or FEC of a link) pushing throughputs to 200 Mbps and above.


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ST Engineering North America is the U.S. headquarters of ST Engineering, a global technology, defense and engineering group specializing in the aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine sectors. Based in Alexandria, VA, it has major operations across 17 cities in 13 states and employs about 5,000 people providing innovative products and solutions to commercial and government customers across diverse market segments.

ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. Based in Herndon, Va., it has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry for more than 20 years. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information please visit www.idirect.net.

About IP Access International
Since 1999, IP Access has been focused on one mission: delivering reliable connectivity to any location. Leveraging our experience building the nation’s largest satellite network for emergency responders, IP Access is uniquely positioned to offer disaster-proof solutions to a wide range of customers. From government to enterprise, IP Access has the capability to custom craft fully integrated offerings for any requirement.

IP Access International, LLC is based in San Juan Capistrano, California. For more information, visit ipinternational.net.


Media contacts:

Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
ST Engineering iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net

Whitney Morcom
Manager, Corporate Communications
ST Engineering North America
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Email: wmorcom@vt-systems.com

Rachel Quarles
Social Marketing and Brand Communications
IP Access International
Phone: (949) 655-1043
Email: rachel.quarles@ipinternational.net

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