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Iridium Satellite Launches Services

Iridium Satellite kicked off the commercial launch of its global satellite communications services at a press conference on March 28. The Iridium gateway is fully operational, enabling the delivery of truly mobile, truly global voice telephony services. The company will launch data services, including dial-up access and direct Internet connectivity, in June 2001, followed by short burst messaging services, which are expected to be available later in the year. Users can benefit from reliable mobile telephony to and from remote areas of the globe where terrestrial systems are not available. With complete coverage of the Earth's oceans, airspace and Polar Regions, Iridium is specifically geared for maritime, aviation, oil & gas, mining, construction, forestry, non-governmental organization/relief, and yachting/leisure segments, as well as government customers - including the U.S. Department of Defense, who is an existing Iridium customer. Estimated retail costs for the Satellite Series 9500 are less than $1,000 and airtime rates are expected not to exceed more than $1.50 per minute, with no additional long-distance, roaming, or zoning charges.


Iridium Names Three VADs

Iridium Satellite announced an expansion of its global network of value-added developers (VADs) program with the appointment of three new companies in key market sectors. The three companies are AirSatCom of Toulouse, France; MailASail of London; and Remote Equipment Monitoring and Assessment Services (REMAS) of Englewood, Colo. “By partnering with these global communications companies, Iridium is able to continue bringing innovative


Iridium Announces Q4 Results

Iridium Satellite announces that it has 175,000 subscribers worldwide as of December 31, 2006. The new figure represents a 23.2 percent increase over last year’s subscriber total of 142,000. Revenue for the full year 2006 was $212.4 million and EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) was $53.9m. Fourth quarter 2006 revenue was $53.2m and EBITDA was $14m. The company will announce plans for its new satellite constellation initiative, called Iridium NEXT


Iridium Debuts Global Sat Fax, Enhanced Messaging

Iridium Satellite LLC announced the launch of a new satellite fax service that will permit subscribers to send and receive faxes from any location in the world directly to and from any standard fax machine, as well as connect WiFi networks to Iridium. The Iridium fax service supports inbound and outbound faxes through the uniHub™ interface, which has been developed by On-Go, Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland, USA. UniHub is a plug-and-play solution that extends the functionality of Iridium


Faria Watchdog LRIT System on Iridium Sat

Faria WatchDog, Inc. announced that its WatchDog 750 long-range identification and tracking (LRIT) ship terminal has successfully completed the compliance and test requirements for operation on the Iridium satellite network. Faria WatchDog, Inc. is a supplier of satellite vessel monitoring systems (VMS). Iridium LRIT certification ensures its Value-Added Manufacturers’ (VAMs’) devices comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC


BlueTraker LRIT on Iridium Satellite Network

Iridium Satellite announced that it has certified the EMA Group's BlueTraker(R) Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) ship terminal to provide LRIT services over the Iridium satellite network. EMA is an Iridium Value-Added Reseller and Value-Added Manufacturer. The Iridium certification parallels the flag state approvals currently underway, ensuring that the EMA BlueTraker system adheres to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Resolution MSC


EuroCom Downgrades Forecast

Maritime communications equipment maker EuroCom Industries (ECI) downgraded its 1999 sales and earnings forecast last week, citing slow demand for a key product after U.S. global satellite telephone firm Iridium filed for bankruptcy protection. Issuing its second profit warning within as many months, Danish-based ECI cut its full-year turnover estimate to 580-600 million crowns ($83-85.5 million) from 630-650 million crowns


NCS Extends FuelTrax Suite

Nautical Control Solutions (NCS) announced an extension to the FuelTrax suite, providing the vessel crew with email access from any location worldwide. The new email capability is enabled through the Iridium satellite services, providing global satellite communications for the vessel-based FuelTrax fuel management system. FuelTrax email uses the same advanced compression techniques for text based email and spreadsheets


Vitallink3 Certified for Iridium Network

TeleMedic Systems announced that its new lightweight VitalLink3 medical vital signs monitoring system has completed testing over Iridium’s worldwide communication network, and is now available to support mobile medical data transmissions on a global scale. TeleMedic developed the VitalLink3, a mobile vital signs monitor, for use in remote applications. Designed to be a universal interface between medical devices and IT systems


Delta Wave Launches dTrac

Delta Wave Communications, Inc. announced their new web based dTrac asset tracking solution. dTrac supports a variety of  satellite communications technologies for global asset tracking requirements. dTrac allows  assets and personnel to be tracked and managed through one login, or user defined groups, from any internet-connected PC or smart phone. Customers may track assets using their existing Inmarsat and Iridium satellite terminals


Port of Cork Winter Seabed Plough Program

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A project that has allowed the Port of Cork to precisely monitor and record the winter program of seabed ploughing in real time for the first ever time is being delivered by Succorfish in partnership with Irish marine communication specialists SEA-Tech.


Iridium Launches Portable Satellite Hotspot

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Iridium Communications Inc. today announced Iridium GO!, the industry’s first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet, dramatically extending voice and data coverage for personal devices when they are out of range of cellular networks


Iridium OpenPort Double Value Promotion

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  Iridium OpenPort Double Value Promotion Satcom Global is pleased to announce a limited time promotion from Iridium which will offer service  plans that double the data and/or voice allowance on a range of popular OpenPort service packages.


Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium's application to provide global maritime distress and safety system services receives support from International Maritime Organization subcommittee Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of


Iridium is Flying High Again

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The fight in the maritime satcom sector is somewhat analogous to the one fought by Apple and Microsoft in the early ‘80s: two tech companies, polar-opposite philosophies and a raging battle for market share. Market watchers  likely have noted an increased “competitive


Coast Guard Medevacs 1 from Sailboat in GOM

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A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a man from a 64-foot sailboat 200 miles offshore New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.   Watchstanders at the 8th Coast Guard District command center received a call from the son, who reported his stepfather and mother were in distress aboard the


gplink: Remote monitoring system designed for CAT engines

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Remote Tracking, Monitoring, and Notification Systems for Cat Powered yachts and vessels are here. The organization that provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,000 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 7,680 kWe in marine generator sets


Teledyne Webb's APEX® Deep MakesRecord Dive

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Teledyne Webb Research's Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX®) Deep, dives to a record 6,000 meters. The record drive, in the Puerto Rico trench was launched from the R/V Kruger B out of San Juan, starting its dive the afternoon on February 25, 2013


Xylem Launches New ‘FerryBox’ Water Quality Monitor

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Xylem Analytics UK and Aanderaa Data Instruments have launched a new marine water quality monitor which has been designed to enable wider deployment of water quality sensors on ferries and other marine vessels.   The ‘SOOGuard’ will be launched at Ocean Business 2013 in April


KVH Pairs mini-VSAT with Iridium Open Port Broadband

KVH TracPhone V3-IP goes fully global for commercial mariners as it pairs up with integrated Iridium OpenPort Broadband Service. Coinciding with the introduction of its new TracPhone® V3-IP satellite communications system, KVH Industries, Inc


AXYS Deliver Newfoundland Oceanogrphic Buoys

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AXYS Technologies Inc. deliver 8 oceanographic buoys to the Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Marine Institute ). The buoys will expand the existing ocean observing network, known as “SmartBay ”


Boatracs' Workboat Management Software in Demand

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Boatracs draws attention to a growing demand for its Fleet Management Software with over 2,000 vessels presently online. The company says that BTConnect is the only fleet management platform to combine visual monitoring of vessel positions on an interactive map with location based two-way


Hurry! Test Your Satellite Phone

Iridium's 'Test Your Satellite Phone Week': May 26 - June 1, 2013. Now in its seventh year, the annual Test Your Satellite Phone program was established by Iridium to support first responders, emergency workers, government agencies and anyone else who might be in a life-threatening situation


Iridium NEXT Sets the Global Communications Bar Higher

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Expected to begin launching in 2015, Iridium NEXT is the next-generation satellite constellation & the world’s largest ongoing commercial space venture. The new system, say Iridium, is designed to drive innovation, create opportunities and change the way people and organizations


Globecomm Keeps Tall Ships Connected

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Iridium terminals and Wi-Fi hotspots installed for tall ship pair taking part in unique round the world voyage and Baltic summer racing. Globecomm Maritime is supporting British charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, keeping its two tall ships STS Lord Nelson and STS Tenacious connected to friends






 
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