Pembroke, Bermuda and Herndon, Va., 4 March 2008 – iDirect Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, today announced that it has deployed an international satellite-based telemedicine network to improve medical treatment processes in the Kingdom of Morocco together with Intelsat, Ltd (Intelsat), the world's leading provider of commercial satellite services. With this network, doctors at Children's National Medical Center can now provide clinical information, share medical advancements and conduct training sessions with healthcare professionals in the African nation. Children’s National Medical Center is a leader in the development of innovative treatments for childhood illness and injury based in Washington, DC.
iDirect and Intelsat designed the network, which aims to advance the promise of telemedicine by making training and treatment methods more globally available. The network is built on the iDirect satellite communications platform and is delivered through Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt Germany teleport with Ku-band satellite capacity on the Intelsat 901 satellite located at 342 degrees East.
The Moroccan Children’s Telemedicine Network will connect Children’s National Medical Center via satellite with the medical institutions of the Hôpital d'Enfants de Rabat (IBN SINA); the Institut National D’Administration Sanitaire (INAS) - Royaume du Maroc Ministère de la Santé; and the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie de Marrakech.
“We needed a secure, reliable network that could be easily managed despite the diversity of locations. Given our previous affiliation with Intelsat, we turned to a satellite-based solution. Now we have a cutting-edge education platform that doctors in the United States and Morocco will use to discuss patient cases, provide clinical consultations, lead distance learning training sessions and provide access for emergency communications. We are pleased to be working with Intelsat and iDirect on this important project.”
~ Craig SABLE, MD
Medical Director of Telemedicine, Children’s National
“The Moroccan Children’s Telemedicine Network establishes an important lifeline for doctors in Africa to advance medical treatment and education with the help of healthcare professionals here in the U.S. Satellite communications is a perfect solution to improve the reach of medical treatment globally, and iDirect is proud to contribute its satellite technology to this bold initiative.” 
Senior Vice President, Global Sales, iDirect
“Telemedicine applications are one of the most vivid examples of the power of satellite technology to provide critical infrastructure, and that is why we leapt at the opportunity to deploy this network. Intelsat has provided service to the Kingdom of Morocco for 42 years, and Children’s National and Intelsat have enjoyed a special relationship for many years. We are proud of the life-saving healthcare that will be afforded as a result of the network.”
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Intelsat
Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in America, Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit
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iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is transforming the way the world gets and stays connected. The company’s satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant connectivity for voice, video and data applications in diverse and challenging environments. These include extending private networks to remote offices; supporting mobile connectivity across land, sea and air; providing rural telephony and Internet broadband; and maintaining communications in the wake of disasters and network failures. The iDirect Intelligent Platform™ integrates advanced technology into iDirect’s portfolio of hubs, routers and network management software to address the growing complexity of deploying and managing global IP networks. With more than 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in 30 countries through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world and seven of the World Teleport Association’s Global Top Ten. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Please visit
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