INTELSAT SELECTS iDIRECT PLATFORM TO POWER GLOBAL MARITIME SOLUTION

iDirect technology helps Intelsat provide global, efficient connectivity for maritime and oil and gas companies

Herndon, Va., July 16, 2007 – iDirect Technologies (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc, has been selected as the platform of choice for the Network Broadband GLOBAL maritime service, introduced last month by Intelsat, the leading provider of commercial satellite services.  The Intelsat GLOBAL maritime service solution is designed to provide the maritime industry and oilfield service providers with universal voice and data connectivity regardless of geographic location or network infrastructure. 

Intelsat’s first distribution agreement was with oil exploration services leader Schlumberger, who agreed to market the new maritime service worldwide, expanding the availability of their Network Broadband service into new geographic and vertical markets.
The solution, built on iDirect’s intelligent platform, showcases breakthrough features that enable service providers to establish seamless global satellite IP networks. iDirect’s industry-first automatic beam switching enables mobile units to remain connected through multiple satellite coverage and accurately determine the correct moment to switch from beam to beam. This allows maritime vessels to maintain continuous data connections as they travel across several satellite footprints. iDirect’s Network Management System (NMS) assigns each remote with a persistent IP address that helps operators more easily track them anywhere in the world from a single monitoring site.

"With this solution, Intelsat is bringing new levels of bandwidth capability to the maritime industry. iDirect’s forward-looking technology enables us to meet current client needs and anticipate emerging requirements in the maritime industry. Winning the confidence of Schlumberger to distribute our new service is a key victory toward expanding our business worldwide."

~Jay Yass
Vice President of Network Services, Intelsat 

 

"iDirect technology advancements like automatic beam switching translate into immediate business benefits for our partners. With growing demand for broadband IP communications in the maritime industry, iDirect is focused on supplying our partners with tangible and powerful competitive advantages. We are pleased that industry leaders like Intelsat and Schlumberger recognize the value of our technology to strengthen their services and expand their market opportunities."

~ David BETTINGER
Chief Technology Officer, iDirect

 

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Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS) worldwide and is the leading provider of these services to each of the media, network services and government customer sectors, enabling people and businesses everywhere constant access to information and entertainment. Intelsat offers customers a greater business potential by providing them access to unrivaled resources with ease of business and peace of mind. An extensive customer base, including some of the world’s leading media and communications companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and government/military organizations, utilizes our services. Real-time, constant communication with people anywhere in the world is closer, by far.

iDirect Technologies, a company of VT 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.

VT 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, VT Systems operates throughout North America and offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media Contacts:

John Severance
Sheffield Marketing Partners for iDirect
Phone: 630-281-4097
E-Mail: jseverance@sheffieldcompany.com

Julie Gouldin
Vice President Corporate Marketing
iDirect Technologies
Phone: 703-648-8155
E-Mail: jgouldin@idirect.net

Carol Hrovoski
Corporate Communications Manager
VT Systems Inc
Phone: 703-739-2610
E-Mail: chrovoski@vt-systems.com