CTOs for the satellite industry’s leading companies met this morning at 7:30 for a breakfast discussion on trends driving the development and adoption of new technologies in the satellite Industry.
“For 7:30 on a Monday morning in downtown DC I was extremely impressed with the turn out,” said iDirect’s CTO, David Bettinger. “We must have had 100 people in the audience.”
Greg Berlocher, president of TGN, as panel moderator, asked the panelist to introduce themselves and their companies then led into the discussions around several technology and market trends. The two major topics that garnered most of the discussion were:
Satellite 2011 is on its way! Set up was messy as usual and it’s amazing that everything gets done on time and looking great. Satellite 2011 hosted its 30th anniversary party Monday night and some exhibitors were able to take a break to greet old friends. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow at the start!
Economic game changer for service providers creates new revenue streams, yields network-wide cost savings
Herndon, Va., March 14, 2011 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc. (VT Systems), today announced a ground-breaking addition to its IP satellite communications platform: SCPC Return Channel technology. The capability is available through iDirect’s iDX 3.0 software and enables service providers to manage TDMA and SCPC networks over the same platform. SCPC Return Channel was developed to equip service providers with the flexibility they require today to support dynamic customer networks, and will enable them to capture new revenue opportunities and lower operational costs. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
Satellite 2011 starts today and iDirect has a lot of exciting activities planned. Please join us for these events:
Monday, March 14
Room 209B at 7:30 a.m.
Engineering 2011: CTO Roundtable Breakfast: Technology Leaders
Come see iDirect’s Dave Bettinger
Room 143A at 1:30 p.m.
GVF Presents Emerging Markets: Maritime Satcom Strategies
iDirect’s Christian Bergan is a panelist
John Ratigan is the President of iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), a satellite-based IP communications company that transforms the way the Department of Defense (DoD) and civilian government agencies get and stay connected. He started the Federal group for iDirect Technologies in 2003 which resulted in establishing iGT as a wholly owned subsidiary in 2007. Under his leadership, the group has enjoyed tremendous growth and has deployed thousands of terminals in support of military operations throughout South West Asia, as well as well as many civilian networks.
John brings more than 20 years of experience in the satellite communications arena to the Company. Prior to joining iGT, he ran the east coast operations for Fairchild Data, and EF DATA, and eventually partnered in his own company that helped EF DATA grow from $20 million to $120 million in revenue and 700 employees between 1992 and 2000. EFDATA became the preeminent leader in SCPC satellite technology in the late 1990s and provided John the baseline knowledge and expertise that would later benefit him in his role with iGT and the migration of technology into TDMA. In addition to starting his own company, he held the position of Senior Vice president of North and South American sales for the start-up, Broadlogic, just as companies started to run IP directly over satellite.
On Wednesday, March 2, we held a “Defence Technology Day” at our UK office. We showcased iDirect’s defence product line and our technology advances to over 40 customers. Customers could choose different technology tracks and product demos and had the opportunity to learn more about our partner solutions, such as Network Acceleration from Xiplink and Remote Management from Uplogix. Attendees also had the opportunity to view a display of fly-away antenna systems and get a preview of new ultra-portable antenna terminals that are fully integrated with an iDirect iConnex board. This was showcased by our partners from SIS, Paradigm Services and Sematron.