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October 16, 2015

Harris CapRock Communications Brings Better Connectivity


By Steve Anderson Contributing Writer



Bandwidth: it runs our lives online, and for a lot of us, it never seems to come fast enough or in large enough quantities. Sometimes, both problems are on hand at the same time. But for maritime users turning to Harris CapRock Communications, a major new upgrade is delivering blistering new speeds and improved bandwidth thanks to the iDirect Evolution network.


With the iDirect Evolution network, Harris CapRock is now able to deliver speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps to its base of maritime customers. This grants access to high-speed data, but also the voice and video services that passengers and crew alike demand. Since iDirect's focus is on satellite-based IP communications, this allows for those high speeds even some distance from land.

Harris CapRock currently serves over 250 cruise ships and other vessels worldwide, which represents a lot of data flow. There's not only the more recreational data use by the passengers—and occasionally the crew—but also the increased use of things like VSAT technology to give fleets a performance edge. Throw in the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) functions like remote monitoring and access, and a clear demand emerges for better connectivity.

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But as anyone who's ever put a satellite connection to use knows, it can be difficult to keep uptime going in the midst of unpredictable weather and the vessel’s day-to-day movement. Harris CapRock addresses this with Adaptive Code Modulation (ACM) systems that make better use of bandwidth and deliver the most efficient use patterns, while even being able to accommodate different weather patterns and ship movement. A set of X7 remotes likewise joins in, helping to provide the highest possible amount of bandwidth while also delivering valuable insight into overall performance.

Just a while back, we heard about how Royal Caribbean made cruises smarter by bringing in a lot more connectivity, and it was easy to wonder how all that bandwidth was going to actually reach vessels on the water to help provide all those new functions and better access. Looking at Harris CapRock's new development, the answer seems to have slipped cleanly into place: by getting access to satellite service that's faster than Google Fiber. That's a development that's staggering in its own right. But when it's applied to ships at sea, well, that's even more staggering. Delivering speeds like those with adequate bandwidth hints that maybe satellite access could be the solution for getting Internet to those undersupplied areas after all, if the right amount of capital development took place.

Harris CapRock and iDirect Evolution may well have revolutionized sea travel with these new developments, and such developments may even have a terrestrial equivalent to follow. It's going to make for some very exciting times to come, whether on land or sea.




Edited by Kyle Piscioniere
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