Infosat Communications Enhances VSAT Network With iDirect's Evolution Platform

Updated: January 06, 2011

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Infosat Communications LP, a leading global provider of satellite communications solutions, has upgraded its North American VSAT network with iDirect's Evolution platform. With Evolution, Infosat can exceed customer demands for increased bandwidth and throughput, and capture new market opportunities. Infosat's new Evolution network will be integrated with 12 existing operational iDirect satellite hubs in North America, and will utilize iDirect's recent Evolution software release, iDX 2.1. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

Infosat's infrastructure upgrade allows the provider to offer the improved network performance and enhanced capabilities that a customer demands, without having to sacrifice reliability or compromise economic feasibility. Infosat's network provides critical enterprise IP-data access for high-end customers' remote work sites, and is utilized primarily by the oil and gas sector, including drilling, production, and pipeline; the mining sector; as well as by various utility and maritime customers.

As communications requirements at remote locations have matured, Infosat's customers now rely on more bandwidth-intensive applications such as video surveillance to monitor and manage their unmanned sites. At the same time, they require terrestrial-grade service quality and reliability to protect vital connectivity links to these distant operations from degrading or going down for any reason.

With iDirect's Evolution platform, Infosat's network can support customers' maturing needs more efficiently, allowing the provider to better utilize space segment and continue to add new customers. Evolution's built-in features help Infosat provide the enhanced service performance that its customers require. iDirect's Group Quality of Service (GQoS) technology, for example, ensures priority is given to those on-site applications that are critical to remote operations and safety, such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) access. Further, to overcome weather challenges in hostile environments, another feature of iDirect's platform, Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), helps Infosat ensure better throughput at remote sites by automatically optimizing link performance to prevent rain fade.

"For oil and gas and other customers with remote operations, a minute lost in production is very costly; therefore, providing the highest possible network performance is a priority for Infosat. When enhancing our network, iDirect's Evolution platform was a natural fit — it ensures the service performance and reliability our customers require, while helping us maximize the efficiency of our service to capture new opportunities. Transitioning to Evolution was a win-win for Infosat and our customers."

~ Graeme WATSON
President and CEO, Infosat Communications

"The connectivity requirements at today's remote sites are much more demanding than 10 years prior — and many companies are looking to satellite communications to support new levels of applications and do so with terrestrial-like quality. Now that Infosat has implemented an Evolution network, its customers can take advantage of next-generation gains in performance and reliability to elevate their operations to the next level."

~ Rob KILROY
Vice President, Sales, Americas, iDirect

Infosat Communications LP, a full service provider for transportable and fixed VSAT based satellite communication services, offering access to remote site essentials such as voice, fax, paging, & data communications. As one of North America's leading providers and integrators of satellite communication solutions, Infosat offers a comprehensive range of wireless communication solutions including Connect, Connect Platinum, AGS and Skycom. Infosat provides experience and reliability to businesses and industries where voice and data communication are vital. Additionally Infosat offers access to Technical Services and our in-house Network Operation Center (NOC) which complements coverage which surpasses cellular and other terrestrial modes. Please visit www.infosat.com for more information about Infosat Communications.

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. 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 15 years of global satellite communications experience, iDirect serves customers in over 50 countries through a diverse network of service provider partners, including seven of the World Teleport Association's Global Top Ten operators. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, iDirect has offices in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was set up to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the US Government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. Please visit www.idirect.net.

VT Systems is a diversified company providing integrated engineering 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.

SOURCE iDirect

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