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ST Engineering iDirect Previews IoT Platform-as-a-Service Solution at SATELLITE 2020

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Partnership with hiSky fast tracks service providers to enter IoT marketplace

ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, will preview a new, cost-effective IoT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution at the SATELLITE 2020 conference in Washington DC, March 9-12. The new solution will provide its service provider partners the ability to offer satellite-based connectivity for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) market. Powered by hiSky‘s robust cloud-based solution with innovative small form-factor terminals, delivered in conjunction with iDirect and Newtec platforms, this highly scalable, geostationary-based (GEO) satellite solution supports flexible business models for immediate market access.

“According to a Northern Sky Research report, the global commercial satellite IoT market is expected to grow to about $1.4b by the end of 2028,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, President of the Executive Strategic Board and Chief Commercial Officer of ST Engineering iDirect. “We believe now is the time to capture addressable market segments and do that as quickly, broadly and cost-effectively as possible. With our flexible platform-as-a-service model, our customers have a first mover advantage, delivering an innovative IoT solution, while leveraging their existing infrastructure investments and capacity.”

The IoT PaaS solution utilizes a family of compact, lightweight terminals that feature a tightly-integrated satellite modem and flat-panel antenna design in Ka-band or Ku-band variants. The initial IoT platform-as-a-service offering includes Low Data Rate (LDR) and Medium Data Rate (MDR) service for deployment within both fixed and mobile environments. ST Engineering iDirect is offering a range of creative business models to reduce the upfront capital investments and operational complexities service providers traditionally face in creating their own IoT platforms.

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For mobile use cases, the dynamic IoT terminal can be deployed for vehicle and fleet tracking or management, mining, agriculture, construction sensor aggregation, and fishing fleet applications. The fixed IoT terminal is designed to be deployed in extremely remote areas for utilities, pipeline and other energy use cases, and agricultural sensor backhaul applications where the lack of existing infrastructure offers unique deployment challenges.

The IoT PaaS offering and terminals will be previewed at the SATELLITE 2020 show in Washington DC from 9 to 12 March, ST Engineering iDirect stand #1501. Service providers will be able to utilise the IoT PaaS solution starting in Q2 2020.

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.

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ST Engineering iDirect, a subsidiary of ST Engineering North America, is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the recent acquisition of 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 our customers to deliver the best 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.

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