Iridium announced its vision for the future of personal mobile satellite communications, Iridium Force™. This vision uses the power of the world’s furthest reaching network to accelerate the development of enhanced personal communication capabilities for people & organizations everywhere. Iridium Force breaks the mold of traditional satellite industry go-to-market strategies by making Iridium technology more accessible & cost-effective for partners to develop a wider range of Iridium-based products & services. This new vision opens the licensing of core Iridium technologies as well as the company’s most fundamental offering – global connectivity.
Five key tenets guide the Iridium Force strategy:
Extend beyond satellite phones: Iridium is enabling communications where people need them most, & in more ways than they expect, & connecting to Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as smartphones (BlackBerry®, &roid® or Apple iPhone®), tablets & laptops, as well as favorite applications, far beyond the reach of terrestrial networks;
Simplify connections: Iridium is investing in making its technology more accessible & cost-effective for partners to embed across an ever-widening range of services;
Drive innovation: Iridium is opening & licensing its core technologies & its network so it can collaborate with a broader set of innovators to create new solutions for exp&ing new markets;
Enable location-awareness: Iridium is integrating GPS location-based services for on-the-go location-specific applications & personal security capabilities; &
Perform without compromise: Iridium continues its promise to provide tough, dependable, truly mobile devices & services that work reliably everywhere on the surface of the planet.
New product & service offerings being announced today encompassing Iridium Force include:
Voice & Data Products
Iridium Extreme™ – Iridium Force has inspired the introduction of the most advanced, rugged satellite h&set on the market. Iridium Extreme is the smallest & lightest Iridium h&set model, with the ability to precisely locate users anywhere on the surface of the planet. It meets stringent U.S. Department of Defense Military St&ard 810F for durability & is rich in capabilities, featuring the first dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button on a satellite phone. The phone leads the market in its offering of online tracking portals, with fully integrated GPS & location-based service (LBS) capabilities for web-based location identification & tracking of friends, loved ones or employees. Iridium Extreme delivers reliability, safety & peace of mind everywhere.
Iridium Core 9523 – This voice & data module is the “brains” of the Iridium Extreme satellite phone. The Iridium Core 9523 is a sophisticated & flexible device packaged into a small & cost-effective platform for partners to develop new Iridium-based h&held solutions. Iridium is licensing this core technology to innovators who require the building blocks to develop their own Iridium-based global voice & data communication devices & solutions. A number of our partners are already developing products & services surrounding the Iridium Core 9523.
Location-Based Services (LBS) Data Offerings
Iridium Tracking Portals – Customers can now access location monitoring, messaging & safety tools enabled by the Iridium Extreme satellite phone. More than 17 of our partners are creating customized online tracking portals developed using Iridium’s open software platform. Portal features include tracking an Iridium Extreme user’s real-time status & location, zooming to street level via online maps, scheduling regular check-ins, providing emergency services, “geo-fencing,” & sending free-form, canned & social networking messages.
Iridium is also introducing new products & services that will allow Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets & laptops to connect anywhere on the Iridium global network.
Iridium AxcessPoint – Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets & laptops will be able to connect anywhere through the Iridium network. Iridium AxcessPoint is a portable & lightweight Wi-Fi hotspot accessory that easily connects BlackBerry & &roid devices to the Iridium network using an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone. iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch devices, & Windows & Mac laptops, will need to download the new, free Iridium AxcessPoint Mail & Web application. Iridium AxcessPoint is expected to be available in fourth quarter of 2011 with a suggested retail price of less than $200 (USD).
Iridium AxcessPoint Connect – Created for Iridium phone users travelling with laptops, this downloadable application for use with the Iridium Direct Internet software connectivity tool turns any Windows laptop into a global Wi-Fi hotspot when connected to an Iridium Extreme or Iridium 9555 satellite phone. Iridium AxcessPoint Connect enables Wi-Fi compatible devices, such as smartphones, to synchronize & respond to email or use the Internet over the Iridium network. Users can download Iridium AxcessPoint Connect & Direct Internet applications free of charge.
St&ard airtime charges apply for use over the Iridium network for the solutions listed above.
“A satellite-based hotspot & product suite will empower today’s enterprise & consumer users, who dem& ubiquitous connectivity on devices they are familiar with,” said Yankee Group Analyst John Keough. “For multinational organizations, such a suite provides a simple global alternative to navigating the complex roaming agreements currently found on terrestrial networks.”