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Tech TipsUpgrade your network and take full advantage of the latest iDirect features
Log in to TAC webpage with your username and password.  Click on Software Releases and scroll down to the “Reference Documents for All Releases” link. Once you are on this page, select the software version you’d like to install and download its corresponding ‘upgrade survey.’ After completing the survey, email it to iDirect TAC at TAC will review the survey then contact you regarding next steps.

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OmniAccess Launches Broadbeam Ultra VSAT Service Based on iDirect Evolution Platform For Yachting Customers

20 Megabit service sets new standard of high-speed broadband for super- and mega- yachts

Herndon, Va., January 18, 2010 – VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that OmniAccess S.L., a leading communications provider to super and mega-yacht owners, has launched BroadBEAM Ultra, the latest addition to its line of maritime VSAT broadband services. The service is based on iDirect’s next-generation DVB-S2 Evolution platform, leveraging its maximum efficiency gains to offer unparalleled single-link speeds to yachting customers across the Caribbean and Mediterranean. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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iDirect Government Technologies Welcomes New Board Members

Herndon, VA, January 12, 2011 – iDirect Government Technologies (iGT), which brings bandwidth-efficient, scalable and highly secure satellite-based IP communications to government and military organizations, announced today the appointment of a new Proxy Board and new members of its Board of Directors, effective October 28, 2010.

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iDirect Government Technologies Partners with Integral Systems to Deliver Satcom Routers and Modems to U.S. Coast Guard as Part of $10M Contract

Herndon, VA, January 10, 2011 – The U.S. Coast Guard will equip its large cutter fleet with high-speed satellite communications technology, including routers and modems from iDirect Government Technologies (iGT). Integral Systems Inc., (NASDAQ: ISYS) was selected as the prime contractor and its SATCOM Solutions division, formerly CVG Inc. and Avtec Systems, Inc., will serve as lead integrator on the five-year, $10 million IDIQ contract.

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Satellite Connection Launches

Welcome to the premier issue of Satellite Connection, a monthly newsletter focused on what’s new with iDirect and satellite technology. In this issue, we feature a year in review, an inside look at Evolution platform adoption, industry updates, and opportunities for adopting satellite for the smart grid. In the right-hand column are resources, events and posts. More is planned for 2011, which you can read about in coming issues. Click here to sign up.


2010 Year-in-Review: Taking VSAT Further

By David Bettinger
iDirect CTO and Senior VP, Engineering

As 2010 winds down, we take stock of several notable moments and opportunities.  The satellite industry saw robust growth in key industries; a positive sign for our partners. At iDirect, we made a concerted effort to continue to enhance the capabilities of existing technologies allowing our partners to deliver more bandwidth at a lower cost, ensure higher availability and reliability, offer a broader mix of services, and, most important, grow and differentiate their business.

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Evolution Platform Upgrades: Enhanced Efficiency & Increased Business

In 2010, iDirect released the fourth major software upgrade to Evolution. With iDX 2.1, we have expanded the power of DVB-S2, delivering several new capabilities, such as faster data processing speeds for enhanced efficiency gains and network scalability improvements.

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WTA Top Teleport Operators of 2010

Each year, the World Teleport Association (WTA) ranks our industry operators in their Top Teleport Operators lists. These are the cream of the crop, recognized for offering excellent service and for growing their business. In 2010, eleven iDirect operators made the WTAs Fast Twenty list—congratulations!

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NSR Global Assessment: Satellite Demand Rising!

In keeping with the theme of results-oriented reports, North Sky Research (NSR) has released its Global Assessment of Satellite Supply & Demand. This in-depth study projects an average annual revenue growth rate of 5.4 percent for the industry as a whole through 2019. NSR estimates that the FSS industry-leasing revenues will almost hit $16.2 billion by 2019 on the back of both increased demand as well as gradually rising capacity pricing.

Get the full picture of what’s coming down the satellite pike by reading the complete NSR report.

Adopting Satellite for the Smart Grid

By Michel Zimet
iDirect Director, Vertical Marketing, Energy and Utilities

Utility companies worldwide are investing in smart grid strategies to make their current electrical grid infrastructure more intelligent, reliable and efficient. The smart grid offers many advantages, such as lowering costs by automating monitoring and management functions, gathering data in real time to help prevent outages as well as to tackle them more quickly, and improving effectiveness via monitoring and optimizing energy usage.

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