LBiSat Introduces iDirect-Based Satellite IP Communications Service for Utilities

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems Inc., today
announced that LBiSat, a U.S.-based satellite communications provider, has
launched a satellite IP service designed to help utility companies meet industry
regulations and improve their operational costs. Based on the iDirect Evolution
platform, the service equips utility companies with two-way, broadband
connectivity to support a broad range of applications from monitoring unmanned
electrical substations and power generation facilities to expanding automatic
data collection from rural customers. iDirect is a world leader in
satellite-based IP communications technology.

With LBiSat’s satellite broadband service, utility companies gain a more
reliable network solution to monitor SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition) devices, with the ability to extend broadband applications such as
video surveillance, VoIP and corporate data access to remote substations. The
satellite service can also be leveraged by utility companies to manage green
energy sites located deep into remote geographies where terrestrial networks are
not readily accessible and to support the real-time monitoring of energy load
distribution across every substation and customer location.

"Recent advancements have transformed satellite connectivity into an
affordable and highly reliable transport technology, which today can cost less
than a typical DSL line. Utility companies are discovering that satellite
communications has a unique and important role to play in advancing their smart
grid business initiatives. Our investment in iDirect’s leading IP platform
enables LBiSat to deliver the best possible service to the utility industry at
an attractive price."

~ Rodger LYMAN
President and CEO, LBiSat

"The critical function of energy and utility communication networks
requires the highest possible reliability, even in the most remote and
challenging locations. LBiSat has a reputation for delivering high availability
satellite-based services where they operate. They are an ideal partner for
utility companies that want to extend the capabilities of their SCADA networks
and expand their smart grid and green energy initiatives."

Regional Vice President, Americas, iDirect


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