OmniAccess Upgrades Maritime VSAT Service with iDirect's Evolution Platform

High-speed VSAT network helps OmniAccess keep the world's most demanding superyachts connected to shore

Jun 23, 2010, 09:30 ET from iDirect

HERNDON, Va., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 completed the launch of its Balearic Teleport and successfully upgraded its maritime broadband satellite network to iDirect's Evolution platform. As part of the upgrade, OmniAccess will be installing new Evolution X5 satellite routers onboard customers' vessels to provide a higher quality service in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

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OmniAccess will leverage Evolution's next-generation DVB-S2/ACM bandwidth optimization to boost the power and efficiency of its maritime broadband service. iDirect's Evolution X5 satellite router improves bandwidth availability and allows OmniAccess to offer an improved speed-to-price ratio for its tailor-made satellite service. With the X5, OmniAccess can ensure maximum uptime and increase bandwidth for a variety of "must-have on-board" broadband applications including VoIP phone service, video conferencing and TV streaming.

Further, the iDirect platform will enable OmniAccess to strengthen the resilience of its network. Using iDirect's Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) technology, the provider can ensure higher availability during adverse weather conditions or in cases of partial line-of-sight obstructions. iDirect's ACM automatically optimizes link performance, balancing efficiency and availability during bad link reception - resulting in increased uptime for OmniAccess' customers.

"We chose iDirect because it is the most reliable and functional platform for the maritime market. Our luxury yachting customers demand constant broadband access to stay connected with their business and personal lives no matter where they are. Evolution affords us the flexibility to meet a wide range of customer needs and supports our reputation for providing tailor-made solutions and outstanding customer service."

~ Bertrand HARTMAN

CEO, OmniAccess

"With iDirect's bandwidth efficient Evolution platform, OmniAccess can provide higher data rates, support a greater range of applications and ensure higher service reliability even in adverse weather conditions. This investment will help OmniAccess expand its business opportunity and meet growing customer expectations."

~ Stephen TUNNICLIFFE

Regional Vice President Sales, Europe, iDirect

OmniAccess is a marine network solutions provider. Its businesses encompass satellite communications services and advanced network planning for demanding private maritime clients. The company services some of the largest and most iconic yachts worldwide. Its multinational team is based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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 solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance 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 shipbuilding.   Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering.  Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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