IDEX 2013 Abu Dhabi: There Is Something in the Air

Friday 22 February 2013
IDEX 2013 Abu Dhabi: There Is Something in the Air


Koen Willems, Market Director for Government & Defence;

When first walking into the IDEX 2013 Abu Dhabi trade show I must admit I was a bit flabbergasted by the wide range of products and solutions on display. As the show targets both government and defense markets, the wide selection of merchandise ranged from big-wheel trucks able to run over elephants and at the same time perform an insight in the animal’s anatomy through their on-board sensor technology, to boots that keep your feet fresh and dry during your 20 miles stroll through the desert.


IDEX is the biggest show in Abu Dhabi with a representation of 1.040 companies from 57 different countries. As part of the BSDI (Belgian Security and Defense) delegation, Newtec shared the large Belgian pavilion with companies such as BATS, Acrosoma, Xenics, Cockerill and others.  The joint approach helps to attract delegations and customers to the booths as well as to forge opportunities out of product and company synergies.

There Is Something in the Air

Newtec @ IDEX 2013

We had a good number of quality visitors halting by our booth to inquire about Newtec’s role and capabilities in the government and defense market.

The majority of the visitors were mainly curious about our involvement in fixed wing airborne applications and what solutions Newtec has on offer. With airborne surveillance programs popping up all over the world and an increase in data hungry sensor applications the need for efficiency technology over satellite becomes ever so important.

When an ISR plane takes to the air a couple of important prerequisites need to be in place in order to make it a successful surveillance mission:

  • Technology that can handle large volumes sensor data from airborne platform to the ground
  • The return path should take into account the adaptive nature of the satellite link (fading, interference, temporary blocking)
  • Service availability is key not to endanger the mission or people on the ground
  • The satcom infrastructure must be able to support multiple satellites and frequency bands (X-, Ku-, Ka-band)
  • The user interface can be operated by non-satellite scholared personnel

The multiple airborne ISR missions operational today with Newtec technology on board have seen their return link performance increased by 30 to 50%. The involved products and technologies are the EL470 modem, the EL501 DVB-S2 Satellite Hub, FlexACM® and Cross-Layer-Optimization technologies.

Back to the Elephants…

At Newtec we might not have trucks that run over elephants, but we can surely squeeze data volumes with the size of elephants through your satellite data pipe at the highest efficiency and without hurting any vital elements… even if your mission is airborne.


Best regards

Koen Willems, Market Director for Government & Defence;