iDirect Technologies Applies for 6 New Patents, Highlighting Lead in Enterprise Broadband Access over Satellite

iDirect Technologies Applies for 6 New Patents, Highlighting Lead in Enterprise Broadband Access over Satellite
New technology will improve the speed, quality and reliability of broadband satellite service

1.13.2004

RESTON, Va. - January 13, 2004 - "iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, today announced six new patents across a number of their software and hardware components. These patent applications are for proprietary methods, apparatus and systems that impact such aspects as the allocation of bandwidth, quality of service, and network management/optimization of iDirect's overall Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadband satellite technology. "The proprietary technology contained in these patent applications offers our customers real benefits by allowing them to better utilize their bandwidth and provide a quality of service level that is unsurpassed in the industry," said John Kealey, president and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "The capacity and control provided by the iDirect IP over satellite technology is allowing our customers to provide services like Voice over IP and video conferencing faster, easier, and more profitably all over the world."

Designed to meet all the broadband needs of enterprise customers, the iDirect platform offers service providers industry leading network capabilities including Deterministic TDMA (D-TDMA), Turbo Product Code and highly configurable network management. Additionally, iDirect's technology offers unique capabilities that optimize IP application performance through highly efficient real time bandwidth management, greater flexibility and enhanced reliability.

"We are really seeing our technological lead grow in the industry," said David Bettinger, vice president of Engineering for iDirect Technologies. "The announcement of these patents is exciting, not just for the volume of patents, but because of their distribution across our entire platform and family of products. iDirect is showing our customers a real commitment to deliver the highest quality, most robust satellite-based broadband access available. By entering into the patent phase with this technology we also continue to add strength to iDirect as a leading technology development and services company."

About iDirect Technologies

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

Contact:

iDirect
Warren Brown
+1 703 648 8155
wbrown@idirect.net