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ST Engineering iDirect powers IP Access International’s new FUSION product line

(2 September 2020 - ST Engineering) ST Engineering iDirect today announced that its iDirect iQ Series Satellite Modems have been integrated into mobile and fixed satellite internet solutions provider IP Access International’s FUSION product line, providing seamless, reliable and cost-effective connectivity that meets increasingly complex communications requirements.

As demand for always-on connectivity from commercial, government and emergency services organizations continues to grow, solutions that enable seamless switching between different networks are becoming increasingly essential. FUSION utilizes the iQ LTE satellite modem, which features an integrated LTE cellular modem, to create a converged solution that automatically finds and connects to all available networks, including LTE, 4G/5G and multiple satellite networks, without user intervention. This delivers reliable data communication for several use cases where the physical path redundancy is critical.

This hybrid approach benefits markets, such as Government and Emergency Response, Oil and Gas, Mobile Banking, and Disaster Recovery, where connectivity is often limited due to their challenging operating environments.

“The iQ LTE modem and IP Access FUSION integration is a solution that enables customers to cost-effectively bring highly available and reliable connectivity to end users, opening up new business opportunities,” said Bryan Hill, CEO, IP Access International. “The value of the IP Access solution lies in its integrated design which removes the need for multiple rack units, addressing space constraints in confined command vehicles.”

The iQ LTE is part of ST Engineering iDirect’s DVB-S2/S2X modem series with a software-defined architecture for maximum flexibility and expansion. The integrated LTE modem offers fully automated VSAT/LTE failover and failback, WAN link affinity steering, advanced VPN connectivity, and an available SD-WAN option for robust enterprise-grade communications.

“We are delighted that IP Access has leveraged our technologies to enhance their products, enabling the best connectivity experience at the right cost point to customers doing critical work in the field. IP Access has been our long-time partner and we look forward to more opportunities for collaboration in the future,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President, Americas Sales, ST Engineering iDirect.

A range of applications can be run on the FUSION system, including data and voice (VoIP) GPS for mapping purposes, Radio over IP (RoIP) and streamed videos such as drone footage. The FUSION product line is available in two form factors: the 1U Rack Mount which allows for a space-conscious design meant for brick and mortar facilities or mobile vehicles where a satellite antenna is on the roof; and the Harrier flyaway communication terminal which features an integrated iDirect iQ200 board that offers robust, high performance mobility features.

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 5,500 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 (satcom) providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to expand their business, differentiate their services and optimize their satcom networks. Through the merger with Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best satcom connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on iDirect platforms please visit www.idirect.net.

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.