iDIRECT TECHNOLOGIES SETS UP WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, iDIRECT GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGIES INC., TO EXPAND GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) to service growing volume of classified contracts and meet increasing government demand for iDirect solutions

Herndon, VA, 26 July 2007 – iDirect Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced it has set up iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to drive broader adoption of its IP-based satellite networking solutions in the government market.   John Ratigan, who has served as iDirect’s vice president for U.S. federal sales, has been named President of iGT.
Satellite networks increasingly play a critical role in government and defense applications – from mobile communications to global logistics and disaster recovery. iDirect’s bandwidth-efficient, highly secure, IP-based platform has rapidly become the technology of choice for many mission-critical applications. In just four years, multiple US government agencies and military branches have selected iDirect to support diverse operations domestically and abroad, including:

  • The Combat Service Support (CSS) VSAT network, which enables combat support personnel to transmit supply requisitions remotely in real time, eliminating the need to expose couriers to unnecessary danger 
  • Command and control units, which are adopting iDirect’s Communications on the Move (COTM) solution to achieve more cost-efficient use of ultra-small antennas on aircraft, maritime and land-based vehicles and establish global mobile networks 
  • Emergency communications services provided by the U.S. National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • The Morale Welfare and Recreation Program, which allows troops overseas to communicate with family members both by phone and email

“iDirect has achieved double-digit annual growth rate in government sales, and its technology platform is widely considered the standard for IP-based satellite communications within the US Government . It is imperative that a subsidiary be created to establish a singular focus on the specialized demands of the government market. VT Systems is committed to investing in this new venture, which will deepen our leadership position and expand iGT into new market opportunities.”

~ Gen (Ret) John COBURN
Chairman and CEO, VT Systems, Inc.

“iDirect has developed the leading satellite platform for government and defense  communications and the only TRANSEC compliant, FIPS certified security package in the satellite industry that meets the stringent requirements set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. We’ve earned the trust to serve many of the government’s most critical communications efforts and are well prepared to meet the rapidly growing demands of the US government as well as government organizations worldwide.”

~ John RATIGAN
President, iDirect Government Technologies

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iDirect Inc., a company 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.

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, 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