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Newtec's Sat3play® Powers Italy's Sustainable Energy Monitoring System

ASTRA2Connect Satellite Broadband Service Used for Nationwide Energy Project

(PresseBox) (Padova, Italy / St-Niklaas, Belgium, ) SES ASTRA and Italian integrator Digitaria are creating a nationwide energy monitoring system using Newtec's Sat3Play® technology for connecting remote sites. This SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system will connect about 5,000 renewable energy plants over satellite links to provide a sophisticated monitoring and forecasting capability for Italy's gas and electricity authority.

Interactive satellite broadband links, provided by SES ASTRA via the ASTRA2Connect service with the Sat3Play hubs and lowcost, easytoinstall terminals at the remote sites, allow the system to collect data from wind, hydroelectric and solar plants through telemetry and video surveillance. The system monitors data on power generation from each plant, as well as environmental conditions including wind speed, temperature, humidity, pressure and solar radiation. The collected data is then integrated with the forecasting system to provide an accurate basis for combining the energy generated with the national grid.

Under overall control of the government agency GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the project is managed by a consortium of SES ASTRA; Digitaria, the ASTRA2Connect service distributor in Italy; and Calzavara, a system integrator specializing in telecommunications, with extensive experience in serving the renewable and alternative energy sectors.

"This project is unique for the Italian energy industry," says Federico Masier, CEO of Digitaria. "GSE's decision to use the ASTRA2Connect service gives it access to a flexible, expandable system for its data collection processes with full national coverage."

"The European energy market is seeking a substantially increased share of renewable energy sources, and we are very proud to offer ASTRA2Connect as a reliable and costefficient solution, powered by Newtec Sat3Play, that's ready for the enterprise market," says Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of ASTRA Broadband Services, SES ASTRA's broadband subsidiary.

The complete solution comprises the supply, installation, management and maintenance of all the elements necessary for the implementation of a satellitebased metering system, and it operates entirely independent of terrestrial communications services. The system's highly flexible architecture allows the easy and quick addition of extra units and provides extremely high reliability, thanks to builtin redundancy of the transmission infrastructure.

"Our Sat3Play has an enormous range of potential applications proven for both the consumer and enterprise market," says Serge Van Herck, CEO of Newtec. "Here it is helping to bring about an important development in power generation, and it's doing so in a way that would not have been viable with conventional terrestrial communication. Additionally, this SCADA application allows optimal transmission efficiency through statistical data multiplexing. This heavily reduces satellite bandwidth consumption and therefore also recurring operational costs."

About Digitaria

Digitaria ( is a valueadded service provider offering broadband connectivity solutions dedicated to end users and the consumer market. Digitaria was established in 2008 with the aim of offering a bidirectional satellite solution to the problem of Digital Divide in Italy.

Digitaria has two main shareholders, Netdish and Eurosatellite, from twenty years the most important private school for technicians in Italy aimed to satellite TV, terrestrial digital, satellite telecommunications, structure wiring, home automation and solar energy.

While dealing mainly with consumer and small office/home office (SoHo) markets, Digitaria nevertheless has the ability to offer enterprises and public administration custom telecommunication and software solutions. Digitaria delivers its services through the teleport of its partner, SES ASTRA, one of the leading satellite operators worldwide. Digitaria is able to design and implement turnkey solutions integrating software platforms and satellitebased bidirectional transport infrastructures.

Today, Digitaria is focused on three main business lines: satellite connectivity, VoIP services and satellite mobile telephony, for which it has all the technological, marketing and sales competences for being a solid partner on the European scene.


SES ASTRA ( is the leading Directto-Home (DTH) satellite system in Europe. The satellite fleet currently comprises 16 satellites. The ASTRA satellite system delivers services to more than 125 million DTH and cable households and transmits more than 2,600 analogue and digital television and radio channels. SES ASTRA also provides satellitebased multimedia, Internet and telecommunication services to enterprises, governments and their agencies. With 140 high definition (HD) channels on its main orbital positions, ASTRA represents the most important HDTV platform for Europe's leading broadcasters. The prime orbital positions for ASTRA are 19.2° East, 28.2° East, 23.5° East, 5° East and 31.5° East.

About SES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG, wholly owns the marketleading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES, and participations in Ciel in Canada, QuetzSat in Mexico as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure startup O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites.

Newtec Communications GmbH

Newtec ( is a global industry leader, shaping the future of satellite communications. Offering stateoftheart products and scalable, integrated solutions for broadcast, broadband access, and backbone and trunking applications, Newtec helps customers achieve greater efficiency, increase performance and expand market reach.

With its passionate commitment to R&D, Newtec remains at the forefront of technological development, continuing the pioneering contributions that have led to industry standards including DVB, DVB-S2, DVB RCS and iSatTV Cenelec pr EN50478.

Newtec's worldwide customer base includes the industry's most prestigious broadcasters, satellite operators, telcos, systems houses and broadcasting unions. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Belgium, Newtec has regional offices as well as additional R&D centres located in Stamford, Conn. (U.S.), Singapore (Singapore), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), São Paulo (Brazil), Berlin (Germany) and France.