As more people than ever seek higher education, distance learning has become a strategic initiative for the world’s colleges and universities, and satellite communication plays an important role in education and training. iDirect’s broadband technology enables interactive distance learning that improves productivity, provides an easily accessible forum for anyone, anywhere, and is cost effective. Regardless of a student’s location around the globe, satellite communication reaches every corner so that quality education and training is assured.
Whether it’s providing an IP-based satellite solution to students abroad, or governments providing training for their country’s citizens, education and training are vital for a country’s economic health and general morale.
Reasons for Satellite Communications
- Satellite broadband technology allows rural communities to experience the same level of education and services that are within urban centers. Satellite connectivity can be delivered anywhere in the country or across the globe. With no wires needed, satellite is quick to deploy wherever the school or training center is located.
- Satellite is cost-effective for education and training. While educational facilities yearn to break down the barriers that separate distance classrooms from their main campus counterparts, they also seek to improve the efficiency and cost of delivering courses remotely.
- Utilizing satellite enables videoconferencing, live lectures via telephone and even real-time collaborative tools, such as a digital whiteboard where content can be modified in real time, all at a low cost.
Features of the iDirect Education and Training Solution
The iDirect Platform reduces bandwidth by dynamically allocating capacity based on real-time demand using a centralized pool of shared bandwidth. Platform highlights include:
Adaptive Coding and Modulation – When rain fade and other weather threaten to compromise data quality, ACM automatically adjusts the modulation settings on a satellite router to optimize link performance. No matter the environment, students can be assured of constant connectivity.
Group Quality of Service – iDirect’s Group Quality of Service (QoS) technology can manage traffic across multiple sites and a wide variety of end users. Group QoS prioritizes traffic by data type, site, router, application and other criteria. With this feature, educational facilities can categorize and prioritize all network traffic according to their own usage criteria. This is a critical requirement for ensuring the integrity of real-time applications.
Security – In addition, the network allows government agencies needing a secure connection to be separated on the hub using VLANs to provide secure access between their sites.
The Evolution® X3 is a satellite router featuring iDirect’s highly efficient implementation of the DVB-S2/ACM standard. The Evolution X3 Satellite Router is ideally suited for broadband connectivity such as Internet and VPN access to enterprise networks, as well as real-time VoIP and video conferencing applications.
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