Satellite connectivity enables Utilities to bring the smart grid anywhere it is required, especially to remote substations, AMI collector sites and customer locations beyond the reach of primary networks.
Providing Customized Communication Solutions
iDirect and our partners work with Utilities to provide IP-based satellite communication solutions that integrate into their core networks to help meet smart grid objectives.
Through the iDirect technology, Utilities gain a secure and reliable network solution to monitor SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) devices, with the ability to extend broadband applications such as video surveillance, VoIP and corporate data access to remote substations where other traditional communications technologies fall short.
iDirect’s technology is leveraged by Utilities to support the need to backhaul smart meter data from aggregation sites and manage green energy sites that may be in remote or difficult to reach locations. Utilities depend on satellite technology to not only provide constant connectivity, but also as backup to the overall communications network in the wake of catastrophic events or circuit failures.
The iDirect Benefits
Whether you are an integrator or a Utility, there is a compelling case for including iDirect technology as part of your communications network.
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Here are a few iDirect Utility solution benefits:
Affordability: Satellite technology has changed from a costly niche solution to a more affordable technology that is used today across nearly every industry
Speed: Satellite data rates have advanced from narrowband serial connections to reach broadband speeds capable of supporting real-time, bandwidth-intensive applications like video and Voice over IP
Reliability: Satellite technology advancements have innovated to almost eradicate latency, overcome weather conditions and ensure data security
Ease of use: Network management technology has evolved to make satellite networks easier to deploy, monitor and optimize
Build or Outsource: Utilities have the flexibility to build and operate their own satellite communications network or can outsource partial or complete management of the satellite network through one of iDirect’s service provider partners
Evolution® X1 Outdoor Satellite Router
The Evolution X1 Outdoor Satellite Router is ideal for use in large, outdoor networks with small inbound channels such as SCADA, femtocells and pipeline monitoring. The Evolution X1 Outdoor Satellite Router features DVB-S2/ACM and TDMA, basic routing, VLAN functionality and QoS and is embedded in an IP67 weatherproof enclosure enabling an extended temperature range, passive cooling and multiple power options, including DC.
Evolution® X1 Satellite Router
The Evolution X1 Satellite Router is optimized for use in large networks with small inbound channels such as SCADA, point-of-sale and ATM. The X1 features DVB-S2/ACM, TDMA, basic routing and VLAN functionality at a cost-effective price point.
Evolution® X5 Satellite Router
The Evolution® X5 is a powerful, next-generation satellite router featuring dual-mode operation of DVB-S2/ACM or iNFINITI® TDM on the outbound. The X5 is specifically designed to support business-critical, broadband applications such as enterprise connectivity, cellular backhaul, maritime and other mobile applications.