IDT, CoBank offer new satellite leasing program for rural water utilities


Informational Data Technologies (IDT), a leading provider of satellite AMR/AMI management systems for rural utilities, recently collaborated with CoBank to launch a program that will offer leasing for the IDT Harmony Water Management System.

The program’s goal is to provide a satellite Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) / Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system for qualifying rural water utilities. CoBank — a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit System associations — will offer lease programs with durations of five, six, seven, eight and ten years, plus different buyout terms at the end of the lease. As such, the program will give new options for rural water utilities wishing to deploy a satellite AMR/AMI system, but are worried about capital outlays and speed to system deployment.

Expressing his gratitude, IDT Executive Vice President Angelo Polsinelli said in a statement: “We are pleased that CoBank has recognized the value of the IDT Harmony system to its customers, offering to help utilities deploy the latest technology through an affordable and straightforward leasing program.

Polsinelli went on, saying, “The IDT Harmony Water Management System is an ideal way for rural water utilities to reduce operational costs through water loss detection and other features, while improving collections through daily meter reads. Now, utilities can gain those advantages quickly, and with minimal cost outlay, thanks to the CoBank leasing program.”

Arabsat’s 6th generation satellite to be launched by Arianespace, Astrium, Thales Alenia Space


Three major companies – Arianespace, Astrium and Thales Alenia Space — have inked a new deal for the production and launch of Arabsat’s first 6th generation satellite, Arabsat-6B.

French Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg and Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Lohieddin Khoja were at the signing ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The next-generation satellite will be built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space as part of a turnkey contract with the Saudi Arabian satcom operator, Arabsat. Thales Alenia Space will provide the payload, while Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platform and will be responsible for satellite integration.

Offering a design life of more than 15 years, Arabsat-6B will weigh approximately 6,100 kg at launch. It will provide telecommunications and TV broadcasting services for the Middle East and Africa.

Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall released a statement regarding the new business partnership with Arabsat, saying: “We are especially proud to be working once again with Arabsat, a very prestigious customer with whom we have maintained favored relations since the launch of Arabsat-1A in 1985. I would also like to thank Astrium and Thales Alenia Space for once again placing their trust in us, within the scope of this new turnkey contract.”

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