iDirect and Helius Inc. Announce Strategic Technology Relationship

iDirect Technologies and Helius Inc. Announce Strategic Technology Relationship
New joint data broadcasting solution will provide greater capability for corporate communications, distance learning, digital signage, or any IP based application


HERNDON, VA and LINDON, UT -- April 18, 2005 - iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, and Helius, Inc., the worldwide leader in business class data broadcasting solutions today announced a strategic technology relationship to provide an evolutionary platform for the distribution of data, rich media and business information.

"This new solution is a great application of both our technologies," said John Kealey, President and CEO of iDirect Technologies. "We're combining the satellite industry's most powerful IP networking equipment with the world's best data broadcasting solution. The resulting platform will allow our customers to deliver content anywhere with greater efficiency, and use it more effectively at these locations. By utilizing the iDirect remote router we are also providing these customers with a bi-directional network capable of a 4.2 Mbps return channel."

The joint iDirect - Helius solution will provide customers a comprehensive enterprise-wide data broadcast infrastructure ideal for corporate broadcasts, distance learning, digital signage, software updates, and desktop Internet access. Data broadcasting over satellite delivers audio, video, streaming data, software programs and other digital or multimedia content to multiple locations simultaneously. IP content is transmitted via iDirect powered satellite networks to Helius receiving devices where it is then routed for local use.

"This partnership with iDirect generates opportunity for new applications and services for additional remote locations, and more remote network availability." said Ron Heinz, President and CEO of Helius. "By combining the strength of the Helius MediaGate Router with iDirect satellite access equipment, we'll have a business class broadcast solution head and shoulders above anything in the market today."

After complete interoperability testing, Helius joined iDirect's IP Alliance program, a partnership of companies intended to offer the enterprise community proven and comprehensive networking solutions that compliment their current networking strategy. The two companies will roll out their joint solution at NAB 2005 April 18-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in iDirect's booth #C-6348 and Helius in booth #SL-4570.

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

About Helius

Helius provides leading business class data broadcasting solutions through secure and reliable delivery of broadband IP over satellites and local area networks. Helius products serve as the communications bridge between the satellite transmission and terrestrial integration of business-critical data, addressing in particular the stringent requirements for video transmission. This reliable and secure integration gives organizations the ability to implement new high bandwidth applications such as digital signage, distance learning, and corporate sales training and deliver these applications from satellite distribution straight to employee desktops. For more information visit


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