iDirect Technologies Provides Satellite-Based Broadband Platform To Farmacias Similares In Latin America

Herndon, VA., July 26, 2006 - iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., announced today that it has been selected by Elara Networks, a leading satellite network service provider in Latin America, to provide the technology platform to Farmacias Similares, a privately held pharmacy chain based in Mexico.

Utilizing the iDirect platform, Farmacias Similares will benefit from higher quality, enhanced voice communication between more than 600 of its pharmacies and its headquarters offices in Mexico City, in addition to a more reliable and efficient inventory and distribution control capability. The iDirect technology will also facilitate the updating of operating software and additional internal network throughout the Farmacias pharmacy chain. Installation of the initial 600 sites is scheduled to be completed by 31 July.

The iDirect satellite solution was developed with the single intention of delivering all the benefits of the next generation IP network beyond the constraints of the wired world. It offers significantly improved bandwidth utilization, and better network management tools.

"The iDirect platform is the ideal solution for an application such as Farmacias Similares where the demand for efficient, cost-effective broadband access, particularly networks that can support voice, video and broadband IP over satellite, is increasing by leaps and bounds. We are pleased by this opportunity to expand our global presence in both the Latin American region and the retail industry."

~ John Kealey
President and CEO
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

Vision Technologies Systems Inc. and its subsidiaries are preferred providers of engineering solutions, products, integrated systems, and services in the Americas across the core business areas of marine, aerospace, electronics and land systems. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Vision Technologies Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. Vision Technologies Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit

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Jon Douglas
Marketing Director
iDirect Technologies
Phone: 703-648-8042

Carol Hrovoski
Corporate Communications Manager
Vision Technologies Systems
Phone: 703-739-2610