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iDirect Government Debuts New 4.2 Evolution Software  

April 17, 2018

iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, today unveiled their most powerful Major Defense-Based software release, Evolution 4.2. Evolution 4.2 unleashes the full capabilities of the 9-Series satellite routers, defense line cards and tactical hub. Evolution 4.2 also continues to support existing 8-Series satellite routers and eMxDx line cards. 

Evolution 4.2 delivers ultra-enhanced features in performance, efficiency and security in support of the company’s defense and government customers. When used with the 9-Series, Evolution 4.2 boosts single carrier capacity to 29 mega-symbols per second (Msps) (previously 7.5 Msps in Evolution 2.3) as well as ten times improvement - with achievements up to 64,000 packet-per-second (PPS) of simultaneous traffic. These dramatically increased speeds and throughput are ideal for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) content, larger volumes of simultaneous voice calls as well as other bandwidth-intensive applications for land, air or sea.  

Significant advancements to the existing multi-frequency time-division multiple access (MF-TDMA) waveform greatly improves the availability of ultra-small disadvantaged terminals, thus improving reliability particularly for Communications-on-the Move (COTM) networks. These powerful waveform enhancements truly allow its new 9-Series airborne solution to take flight. 

Building upon its existing two-way transmission security (TRANSEC) which is approved by the National Security Agency (NSA), Evolution 4.2 introduces an improved user interface and one-way TRANSEC. This new TRANSEC capability comes with automatic over-the-air re-keying of one-way systems in support of the Global Broadcast Service (GBS). Evolution 4.2 also enables Multi-Protocol Encapsulation (MPE) to ensure backwards compatibility to existing GBS networks as well as Multicast Filtering to remove any duplicate channels. 

Other enhancements made possible with Evolution 4.2 and the 9-Series include:

  • Multi-channel demodulation (MCD) TRANSEC with 16 Channel Returns on the DLC-R for more in-route density
  • Full Network Management System (NMS) support for the Tactical Hub
  • Fan In/Fan Out in support of Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) constellations
  • Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) service for Premium iSupport customers
  • Federal Information Processing Standard Publication (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 certification on the TRANSEC module as found on the 9-Series and DLCs, making its products more secure than ever before

“Evolution 4.2 is the release our customers have been waiting for,” said John Ratigan, President of iDirectGov. “It allows them to continue the utilization of their 8-Series installation base and expand with the full power and performance of the 9-Series,” Ratigan continued. “The SATCOM software energizes and elevates both the 8-Series and 9-Series Satellite Routers and line cards, enabling our customers to connect, command and coordinate their critical assets in the field better than ever before. This will result in next-generation satellite communications deployment for airborne, maritime and land-based customers.”