BUSINESS: Envistacom Joins The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI),

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ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Envistacom, LLC, a leading technology company that delivers advanced communications, cyber and other related technologies, solutions, and services to customers in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence communities, today announced that it has joined the Digital Intermediate Frequency Interoperability (DIFI) Consortium, an independent space industry group formed to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks.

Envistacom joins leading commercial space companies HawkEye360, Intelsat, Kratos, Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT), Kymeta, and Microsoft as well as the U.S. Navy and others in the DIFI Consortium. Through the creation of an interoperable digital IF standards, DIFI will enable ground networks to transform digitally. The standardization of digital IF is the first step towards the digital transformation of SATCOM. It will provide network operators and service providers with greater innovation speed, network/terminal agility, resilience and a lower total cost of ownership.

According the chairman of DIFI, Stuart Daughtridge (SVP of Advanced Technology at Kratos), “Framework specifications exist today for digital IIF, but they don’t guarantee interoperability among vendor systems. DIFI’s goal to promote and create easy-to-implement standards in digital IF systems will allow satellite operators (commercial and government) to design, build and operate multi-vendor satellite networks. Envistacom is our newest member and we are proud to support this goal.”

The digital IF standard will transform industry by eliminating market barriers and allowing new entrants for virtualization devices, virtualized apps (i.e. virtual modems), and edge devices. Existing purpose-built business strategies that rely on vendor lock-in will be obsolete in this new paradigm. This will open the door to new technologies and systems, such as Envistacom’s Transport Virtualization Ecosystem.

The IEEE-ISTO Std 4900-2021: Digital IF Interoperability 1.0 Standard was released by DIFI on August 18, 2021, as the beginning to standardized interoperable digital IF. All interested companies and organisations are invited to join the Consortium and to contribute to efforts to encourage interoperability in the space sector. Membership information is available on the Consortium’s website.

Dr. Juan Deaton is a Senior Research Scientist at Envistacom. “The DIFI Consortium will be an essential step towards the digital transformation commercial and military SATCOM system that will lead to more flexible ground terminal architectures, and then more resilient connectivity.” “We are looking forward to collaborating with members of the DIFI Consortium and solidifying our role as a leader in SATCOM digital transformation.”

Dr. Deaton recently outlined the benefits of the digital transformation in his white paper: “Digitization and Virtualization of SATCOM Networks: What does it all mean? ” that was the basis of a panel at SATCOM 2021.

About Envistacom LLC
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Envistacom provides communications, cyber, and intelligence solutions, support services and technology to the U.S. DoD and coalition partners in aerospace, defense, and intelligence communities. Envistacom is trusted by customers for fast-response and secure technology solutions. They also provide subject-matter expertise that supports mission-critical operations. With an elite team of former military leaders and domain experts located around the world, and multiple indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles worth over $62B, Envistacom is a trusted partner in protecting military, civilians, and critical infrastructure around the world. Envistacom is a Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (DWOSB). For more information on solutions or contract vehicles, please visit www.envistacom.com, and follow @Envistacom on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

About The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium
The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI) is an independent, international group of companies, organizations and government agencies that have an interest in the interoperability of networks and ground systems supporting space-based operations. DIFI was launched in coordination with IEEE-ISTO. Its mission is to facilitate the digital transformations of space and satellite industries using a simple interoperable Digital IF/RF standard. This standard accelerates the industry’s transformation from L-Band IF into Digital IF while discouraging vendor locking-in. DIFI supports standards in all areas of satellite applications where interoperability may be beneficial. This includes satcom and earth observation, remote sensing (TT&C), and many more. The founding members of DIFI include Hawkeye 360, Intelsat Corp., Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy. The DIFI board has approved version 1.0 of an interoperability standard based upon VITA 49, entitled IEEE-ISTO Std 4900-2021: Digital IF Interoperability Standard which can be downloaded at the Consortium’s website https://dificonsortium.org/.

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