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Winegard Provides Hundreds of VSAT Antenna Systems to Data Technology Solutions for Large Oilfield Services Company
Customized Portable VSAT Skid System Sets a New Standard in Industry

BURLINGTON, Iowa – (September 26, 2012) –  Winegard Co., a U.S. based manufacturer of extremely rugged and reliable VSAT (very small aperture terminal)  satellite communications systems, has been selected by Data Technology Solutions (DTS) to provide more than 200 customized portable VSAT units for DTS to integrate into their new U.S. Patent Pending SatCom Box™ for one of the largest oilfield services companies in the U.S.

The customized VSAT skid systems are being deployed coast-to-coast and in the Gulf of Mexico to provide oilfield service companies with secure, remote communications for their oil rigs and other operations. Winegard’s VSAT systems provide a direct link between headquarters and oilfield operations, without relying on terrestrial services for data, voice and video communications. 

Under the terms of the multi-year contract, Winegard will supply its rugged Small Footprint VSAT Antennas for DTS to integrate the controller and antenna mount into its patent pending SatCom Box. The VSAT 2-way antenna stores compactly inside the custom fabricated skid for ease of transportation. DTS customizes every SatCom Box to meet specific customer needs based on their application. 

“DTS chose Winegard to supply the VSAT systems because Winegard manufactures innovative and reliable antennas that can be quickly customized to fit our customers’ unique needs,” said DTS President Mike Guidroz. “When we call them and say we need a specific antenna, they can respond in days or weeks versus months as with some of their competitors. Speed to deliver is a key factor for our customers. We also like the rugged construction with the Winegard VSAT units that withstand extreme environmental conditions over the test of time.” 
 
Winegard’s VSAT system is a fully-integrated system that supports popular modems such as HughesNet™, iDirect, Gilat® and ViaSat. Total cost of ownership is greatly reduced with the single-button operation, allowing for a tech free set-up and automatic satellite acquisition in less than three minutes. 

“The SatCom Box has set a new standard in the industry and Winegard is proud to supply DTS with our premier VSAT antennas,” said Winegard Director of Engineering Jon Manley.  “We will continue to design new and innovative VSAT solutions for our customer partners and the industry.”

Extensive engineering and design tests ensure quality, performance, and usability in Winegard’s industry leading antennas. 

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About Data Technology Solutions 
Data Technology Solutions is a world class communications company with a passion for the latest technology, outstanding customer service, and advanced customized solutions. DTS provides its customers with state of the art equipment, unique networking, global range, and trusted reliability for the Oil and Gas, Maritime, Government/Military, and Disaster Recovery markets to communicate all around the world.

About Winegard  
Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle (RV), truck, marine, medical and automotive antennas. The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams. Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work. To learn more about Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard, visit http://www.winegard.com or call 800-288-8094.



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