EMS Technologies, Inc.

EMS Technologies, Inc.

June 28, 2005 09:45 ET

Satcom Direct Integrates EMS SATCOM'S CNX Data Acceleration

New Capability Makes In-flight Communications Faster, Reduces Costs Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 28, 2005) - EMS SATCOM, a division of EMS
Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ELMG), reported today that Satcom Direct has
integrated the company's CNX(tm) (Cabin Network Accelerator)
acceleration and compression (A&C) capability directly into its
communications network.

The new service, called Aero X(tm), is available today and gives users
a faster data rate, thereby reducing in-flight communications costs.
"We are enthusiastic about adding the compression and acceleration
feature to our communications network," said Jim Jensen, president and
CEO of Satcom Direct. "With the addition of this capability, our
customers will see faster, secure in-flight communications for the same
price. With EMS SATCOM we are making the communications experience in
the air much closer to what you'd have on the ground."

The A&C capability is integrated into the Satcom Direct infrastructure
at the base-station level, eliminating the requirement for dedicated
ISDN lines at the customer site. Customer IT departments will have less
configuration and maintenance, reducing implementation costs. Users who
have EMS SATCOM's eNfusion CNX accelerator as part of their aircraft
communications system will benefit from up to four-times faster data
rates than they'd normally experience without it, but at the same price
as they currently pay through Satcom Direct. The result is a reduction
in communications costs. The CNX accelerator is a fully-certified cabin
network component that replaces a variety of off-the-shelf networking
equipment, including: Ethernet, router, hub, multiplexors and 802.11g
wireless-access points.

"This is the start of an interesting trend," noted Dr. Neil Mackay,
senior vice president and general manager of EMS SATCOM. "Since the
launch of our CNX accelerator, we have felt that its acceleration and
compression capabilities are highly valuable in aircraft communications
systems. Our customers recognize this and have installed the CNX time
and time again. Satcom Direct's integration of our technology into its
communications network is an indicator of things to come."

"The need to have the same bandwidth in the air as in the office is
driving the increase in data rates in a variety of applications," said
Steve Newell, director of Government Sales at EMS SATCOM. "Our work
with Satcom Direct is an important milestone in the evolution of
enhanced communications for business aircraft passengers around the

About Satcom Direct

Founded in 1997, Satcom Direct is the leading innovator of satellite
voice, fax and broadband service solutions. Its primary product, Global
One Number, is an advanced Satcom connection service that supports
aeronautical, maritime and land mobile communications, making Satcom as
reliable and simple to use as ground-based PBX telephones. For more
information visit the company's website at www.satcomdirect.com.

About EMS Technologies, Inc.

EMS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ELMG) is a leading innovator in the
design and manufacture of wireless, satellite and defense solutions,
and focuses its unique range of advanced technologies on the needs of
broadband and mobile information users. The Company is headquartered in
Atlanta, has approximately 1,800 workers worldwide, and operates
manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Montreal, Ottawa and Brazil.

The SATCOM division of EMS Technologies, based in Ottawa, Canada,
specializes in the design and development of satellite-based terminals
and antennas for the aeronautical, land mobile, maritime and emergency
management markets. The division is a leader in developing and
supplying high-speed data communications equipment for delivering
e-mail and Internet capabilities to aircraft cabins.

For more information, visit the Company's website at www.emssatcom.com

Kate Murchison Anne Sargent
Marketing Manager Public Relations
EMS SATCOM EMS Technologies
613-727-6277, ext. 1415 770-263-9200, ext. 4326
murchison.k@emssatcom.com pr@ems-t.com

Satcom Direct
Howard Lewis
hlewis@satcomdirect.com IN: TECHNOLOGY, TELECOMM

Contact Information

  • Anne Wainscott-Sargent, Public Relations, EMS Technologies, Inc.
    Primary Phone: 770-263-9200 ext. 4326
    E-mail: pr@ems-t.com