iDirect Platform Excels During Speed, Mobility and Disaster Testing at Fort Monmouth Military Exercise

Event spotlights next-generation capabilities to advance battlefield operations

Herndon, Va., August 18, 2009 – iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a wholly- owned subsidiary of VT iDirect, Inc., today announced official test results from the U.S. Joint User Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE) conducted in June at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey and across multiple U.S. military locations around the world. During the event, iGT demonstrated the capabilities of several military-grade satellite communications technologies including iDirect’s ruggedized 12200 Series™ Universal Industrial 4-Slot Satellite Hub, iConnex e850mp compact satellite router board, and Global Network Management System. The successful test results affirmed iGT’s ability to provide the U.S. military with reliable connectivity for high-speed voice, video and data applications in the field. iGT is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology to military and government organizations.

This year’s annual JUICE event focused on emerging military communications technologies in a Joint Task Force operational environment. Several key exercises were conducted to test the iDirect platform’s capabilities in simulated military scenarios. Critical tests included:

  • Enabling video teleconferencing in ground vehicles at 65 mph – An iGT Communications On The Move (COTM) vehicle maintained a live video teleconference with Fort Monmouth and a Joint Task Force Forward Operating Base. The iDirect network sustained connectivity throughout a 15-mile, 35-minute test route reaching speeds of 65 mph. The test showcased how soldiers in the field can reliably implement voice, video and data applications in moving ground vehicles.
  • Bringing broadband capabilities to individual soldiers in the field – A ground task force integrated iDirect’s compact e850mp satellite router board into a portable L-3 Panther terminal to support mobile X-band connectivity. The router was configured with multiple hubs, allowing troops to accomplish simulated objectives while on the move. The test revealed a new standard of high-speed broadband for individual soldiers via a highly portable, low-profile satellite router capable of fitting into a soldier’s rucksack.
  • Preserving broadband continuity during disaster – After a simulated disaster rendered the Fort Monmouth network infrastructure unusable, iDirect’s Global Network Management System (GNMS) facilitated a seamless switchover to maintain connectivity without human interaction. When the primary network lost service, iDirect remote routers automatically established network connectivity to a backup iDirect hub in Virginia. This test demonstrated the iDirect platform’s ability to preserve continuity of operations while maintaining high levels of bandwidth availability.

“The iDirect DVB-S2 network performed as well in the exercise environment (USS WASP) as it did in the laboratory. Adaptive Coding and Modulation allowed us to essentially double throughput rates to end users while operating during rain fade events without user intervention. Additionally, D-TDMA enabled users to share bandwidth, while at the same time guaranteeing Quality of Service across all users in the network. We were very pleased with iDirect’s performance.”

~ David A. GLOVIER, Ph.D.
SPAWAR Support Contractor, Pinnacle Network Systems

“This year’s JUICE event provided an opportunity to evaluate some of the latest advancements in military communications technology available for today’s warfighter. These advancements are critical milestones in improving the safety, mobility and awareness of soldiers in the field. Our successful test results affirm our commitment to supporting the military’s need for reliable, real-time voice, video and data applications in the most demanding situations where there is no room for error.”

President, iDirect Government Technologies


iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a wholly owned subsidiary of VT iDirect, Inc., transforms the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian government agencies get and stay connected. The company’s satellite-based IP communications technology enables constant secure connectivity for voice, video and data applications - across continents on land, in the air or at sea. From global logistics and disaster recovery to mobile communications, iGT delivers innovation, integration and intelligence to global IP communications. Building on 13 years of global satellite communications experience, iGT serves customers throughout the DoD and civilian government agencies through a diverse network of channel partners, including some of the largest systems integrators, satellite providers, operators and carriers in the world. iGT is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, visit for more information.

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 50 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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