COLUMBIA, Md., July 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Integral Systems, Inc., (Nasdaq:ISYS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by SKY Perfect JSAT to upgrade its ground systems with the latest version of Integral Systems' industry leading EPOCH Integrated Product Suite (IPS) satellite command and control software. In addition to the software upgrade, Integral Systems will provide a hardware refresh to support SKY Perfect JSAT's latest satellite, JCSAT-13, scheduled for liftoff in the fourth quarter of 2011.
For more than five years, SKY Perfect JSAT has relied on Integral Systems and EPOCH IPS to operate its JCSAT-9, -10 and -12 ground systems. With the updated version of EPOCH IPS and new hardware, SKY Perfect JSAT will be able to better manage these satellites under a single system and have greater flexibility as it expands its satellite fleet to provide a broader range of services to customers.
"By selecting Integral Systems' EPOCH IPS, we are able to prepare a cost-effective ground system not only for JCSAT-13, but also for JCSAT-9, -10 and -12. In addition, with this operational commonality, we expect even more effective operations, reduction of total cost and high reliability," said Shigetaka Shinozuka, General Manager, Satellite Operations Division of SKY Perfect JSAT.
"In today's ultra-competitive environment, satellite operators are under tremendous pressure to reduce unnecessary costs," said James Kramer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Civil and Commercial Group at Integral Systems. "With EPOCH IPS, operators are able to increase efficiencies and reduce costs by managing their entire fleet of satellites with one command and control system. This was one of the primary reasons SKY Perfect JSAT selected us yet again to integrate the JCSAT-13 satellite into their fleet operations in an efficient and cost-effective manner."
As an all-in-one satellite command and control and fleet management system operable right from a user's desktop, EPOCH IPS presents a more efficient, economic alternative to costly command and monitoring practices. It currently supports satellite designs from every major commercial geostationary satellite manufacturer. Integral Systems' commercial clients using EPOCH IPS include SKY Perfect JSAT , AsiaSat, Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), Chunghwa Telecom, Indovision, KT Corporation, SingTel/Optus, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Intelsat, SES, Telesat, EchoStar and Hellas Sat, while government clients include the National Space Organization of Taiwan, European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) among many others.
JCSAT-13 is equipped with 44 high-power Ku-band transponders and will replace JCSAT-4A at the 124 degrees East longitude orbital slot. In addition to continuing service to Japan's premier DTH platform with its Japan beam, SKY Perfect JSAT will further strengthen its services by deploying a Southeast Asia beam with an emphasis on Indonesia and Malaysia. Additionally, two steerable beams onboard the satellite will fulfill the growing demand for satellite broadcasting services and data communication networks supporting Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
ABOUT SKY PERFECT JSAT CORPORATION
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia's largest satellite operator with a fleet of 14 satellites, and Japan's only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV!, SKY PerfecTV! e2 and SKY PerfecTV! HIKARI platforms, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3.7 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT's satellite communications services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Oceania, Hawaii and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit www.sptvjsat.com.
About Integral Systems
Integral Systems, Inc. is a global provider of products, systems and services for satellite command and control, telemetry and digital signal processing, data communications, enterprise network management and communications information assurance. We specialize in developing, managing and operating secure communications networks, both satellite and terrestrial, as well as systems and services to detect, characterize and geolocate sources of RF interference. Our customers include U.S. and foreign commercial, government, military and intelligence organizations. For almost 30 years, customers have relied on Integral Systems to design and deliver innovative commercial-based products, solutions and services that are cost-effective and reduce delivery schedules and risk. The Integral Systems family of solution providers (Integral Systems, Inc., Integral Systems Europe, Lumistar, Inc., Newpoint Technologies, Inc., RT Logic and SAT Corporation) as well as our services organization, Integral Systems Service Solutions (IS3), leads the market in offering complete ground segment solutions. Our dedication to "The Integral Difference" has solidified long-term relationships with the U.S. DoD, NASA, NOAA and nearly every commercial satellite operator in the world. For more information, visit www.integ.com.
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