IDIRECT FORMALIZES HUB OWNER USER GROUP

Satellite hub owners leverage global forum to share best practices, advance development of iDirect technology

Herndon, Va., April 22, 2008 - iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems) and a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology, today announced it has officially established a relationship with the iDirect Hub Owners Group (iHOG), a global forum for owners of iDirect’s universal satellite hubs. In addition to increased networking opportunities, membership in iHOG now provides satellite hub operators with a forum for sharing best practices, and the opportunity to provide direct feedback to iDirect regarding hardware, software, services and technology.

iDirect plans to establish a formalized process for product feedback and involve iHOG members in the pre-launch beta testing of new offerings.  The group’s members will collaborate through a dedicated online forum and convene at major satellite industry events and conferences.

“Participation in a user group is an excellent way to receive technical content, education and to meet with your peers to get more out of the iDirect platform, products, technologies, and resources. Satellite network and hub operators around the world stake their businesses on iDirect’s advanced technology. iHOG will open new opportunities for these organizations to succeed, allowing them to work directly with iDirect to employ the technology’s robust capabilities.” 

~ Rodger LYMAN
President/CEO, LBiSat Satellite Communications
President, iDirect Hub Owners Group
 

 “iDirect’s success is built on our ability to understand the unique needs and concerns of all our customers.  iHOG demonstrates the potential for a vast, committed global community to have a hand in tomorrow’s key developments, and contribute to the greater good of all iDirect network operators who have built and grown their businesses on iDirect’s platform.”   

~ Toni Lee RUDNICKI
Chief Marketing Officer, iDirect 

iDirect will host a meeting for iHOG members in conjunction with the iDirect Americas partner conference, Interlink, May 5-6, in Lansdowne, VA.  For details on how to join iHOG please visit www.i-hog.org.

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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 www.idirect.net.
 
VT Systems 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:  

Julie Gouldin
Vice President Corporate Marketing
iDirect Inc
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax :  703-648-8015
Email: jgouldin@idirect.net

Sarah Thuman
Corporate Communications Manager
VT Systems Inc
Phone: 703-739-2610
Fax: 703-739-2611
Email: sthuman@vt-systems.com