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October 02, 2013

ThinKom's ThinSAT 300 Antenna Now Interoperable with iDirect's OpenAMIP Protocol

The ultra-low profile ThinSAT 300 antenna from ThinKom Solutions, Inc. (ThinKom), a provider of low profile phased array antenna solutions, has been qualified to be interoperable with iDirect's (News - Alert) OpenAMIP protocol.

ThinKom’s ThinSAT 300 is an ultra low-profile antenna designed for Ku-band communications-on-the-move (COTM) capabilities. Offering data rates up to 8Mbps, it measures only 4.5 inches high by 60 inches long, which is low compared to its contenders in the market.

Chiefly, the ThinSAT 300 antenna supports broadband data, voice and video connectivity for mobile ground vehicles used in news media and broadcasters, disaster recovery, homeland security, surveillance and security, trains and public transit industries.

The iDirect, which qualified the antenna for OpenAMIP protocol, is a provider of satellite-based IP communications technology solutions.

The OpenAMIP is an IP-based protocol developed by iDirect. It helps in the exchange of information between an antenna controller unit (ACU) and a satellite router. This exchange of information facilitates the router to command the antenna and enable the use of automated beam selection (ABS (News - Alert)) that transfers connectivity from one satellite beam to the next as the mobile platform passes through multiple footprints.

Rob Kilroy, regional vice president, Americas, iDirect, said in a statement, "As VSAT networks continue to grow in the mobile space, integrating underlying technologies to ensure quality network performance becomes a challenge. Our goal with OpenAMIP is to standardize this integration, making a more manageable solution for end users and enabling our partners to improve overall network operations."

ThinSAT 300 antenna’s interoperablility with iDirect's OpenAMIP protocol qualifies the antenna to expand support for broadband voice, data and video applications for mobile ground vehicles.

Bottom-line is that this compliance milestone will facilitate ThinKom to grow its operations to deliver two-way data, streaming video and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) applications for mobile ground units within the government, first responders, transportation and enterprise/commercial markets.

Mark Silk, CEO, ThinKom, said in a statement, “We have been working very closely with iDirect to certify the OpenAMIP standard with our ultra-low-profile COTM system. This integration effort was a key step to offering a fully-global solution; providing our customers a discrete, light-weight and efficient satellite communication system to meet their mobility needs."

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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