October 31, 2018
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When Every Second Counts: Operation Convergence Response (#OCR2018) Returns To Showcase Life-Saving Innovations

VT iDirect and Kymeta join Verizon and Nokia for second annual public safety technology expo at the Guardian Centers

Herndon, Va., October 31, 2018 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a global leader in satellite communications, and Kymeta, the communications company making good on the promise of global mobile connectivity, will demonstrate their latest technology that can assist emergency first responders during Operation Convergent Response (#OCR2018), November 5 – 8, 2018, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia.

#OCR2018 is the second annual public safety technology expo and live demonstration event hosted by Verizon and Nokia in collaboration with the Guardian Centers and Aegex Technologies. #OCR2018 brings together dozens of the world’s most innovative companies to showcase their technologies that can enhance emergency response operations.

Satellite communications is critical in enabling first responders to immediately communicate, coordinate and react to any situation. Whether in a densely populated urban area with damaged infrastructure, or a remote location where no infrastructure exists, satellite-enabled mobile command vehicles provide a lifeline during emergency response operations by coordinating essential services, helping restore communities and allowing residents to connect with loved ones.

Now, with the Kymeta™ KyWay™ terminal, first responders can take real-time communications with them to the frontlines. VT iDirect and Kymeta have teamed up to create a reliable, always-on communications hub for first responders by outfitting an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) with a KyWay terminal. The terminal’s flat panel antenna with an integrated iDirect satellite modem is small enough to fit on a variety of emergency vehicles, such as patrol cars, ambulances, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles. This allows first responders to communicate through their existing tools such as radios, smart phones or laptops, providing updated information on the situation they are entering to the command center. Upon arrival on scene, the mobile communications solution becomes a mobile hotspot, allowing first responders to send crucial data such as readings from radiation sensors or live camera feeds, enabling accurate and detailed emergency response coordination.

“Quick response time makes a difference between life and death in many emergency situations,” said Darren Ludington, Regional Vice President of Sales Americas, VT iDirect. “Our collaboration with Kymeta enables first response teams to be supported by seamless communications and real-time information, helping them to make more informed decisions as they enter disaster situations to save lives.”

iDirect satellite communications solutions will be showcased at the Verizon Mobile Command Center and the KyWay terminal will be featured on the CanAm Response Vehicles used during the Hurricane and Shooting scenarios at #OCR2018. To learn more about iDirect solutions, visit the presentation at the Guardian Centre on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., and the VT iDirect booth located at the Technology Solutions Showcase.


VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information please visit www.iDirect.net.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

Media contacts:

Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
VT iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net