SIGNIS and iDirect To Demonstrate Capabilities Of Satellite Communications At 2009 World Congress Event

Satellite technology leader to update participants on advanced media applications for sharing and distributing content

Herndon, Va., October 16, 2009 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced that SIGNIS, the non-government World Catholic Association for Communication with members from 140 countries, has invited iDirect to participate in its 2009 World Congress event in Chiang Mai, Thailand during October 17-21. SIGNIS and iDirect will demonstrate the capabilities of satellite communications for efficiently distributing and sharing media content to developing nations to encourage social development and growth. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

SIGNIS evaluates, promotes and provides communication technologies for use in the spreading of faith and human values, especially in developing countries. Today, the organization has more than 1,000 VSAT stations in operation for missions, hospitals, dioceses, nunciatures and non-government organizations, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. SIGNIS Services Rome (SSR) recently upgraded its network infrastructure to the iDirect platform to maximize bandwidth efficiency and reduce the cost of sharing capacity among its large deployment of stations. iDirect’s IP-based satellite platform can support significantly higher traffic over conventional video broadcasting networks, providing a more cost-effective system for SIGNIS to distribute media across Africa and other regions.

During the 2009 World Congress, SIGNIS will use the iDirect network and capacity provided by Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) on the ABS-1 satellite to exhibit live broadcasts of SIGNIS radio programs streamed over the Internet. SIGNIS and iDirect will showcase several advanced media applications including video broadcasting, Voice over IP and IP radio, and multicast content distribution.

“One of the main objectives of SIGNIS is to build a global network of educators to advance the media’s capacity to put individuals, groups and people into communication with each other. iDirect directly supports this mission not only by providing the intelligent backbone of the SIGNIS network but also through their continued efforts to advance a connected world through new satellite communications technologies.”

~ Fr. Bernardo SUATE
Director, SIGNIS

“The 2009 SIGNIS World Congress is an important event for humanitarian groups to convene and receive valuable education on the capabilities and impact of today’s next-generation media. iDirect supports the efforts of SIGNIS to reduce the divide between ‘digitally connected’ nations and the rest of the world by sharing our perspective on key uses of satellite IP technology to advance media communications.”

~ Stephen TUNNICLIFFE
Regional Vice President, Europe, iDirect

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SIGNIS is a non-governmental organization that includes members from over 140 countries. As the "World Catholic Association for Communication", it brings together professionals in radio, television, cinema, video, media education, the Internet and new technologies. SIGNIS was created in November 2001 from the merger of Unda (International Catholic Association for Radio and Television) and OCIC (International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisuals). Its diverse activities include promoting films and television programs (it has juries at important international films festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Monte-Carlo, Venice, and Ouagadougou), building radio, video and television studios, producing and distributing programs, supplying specialized equipment, training professionals and educating media users. SIGNIS is officially recognized by the Vatican as a Catholic organization for communication. It has consultative status at UNESCO, ECOSOC (United Nations in Geneva and New York) and the Council of Europe. The General Secretariat is in Brussels, Belgium.

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 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 around the globe 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
Phone: 703-648-8155
Fax: 703-648-8015
Email: jgouldin@idirect.net

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

Fr. Bernardo Suate
Director, SIGNIS
Phone: +39-06-69887255
Fax: +39-06-69887335
Email: bernardo.suate@signis.net