Iridium OpenPort(TM) Completes Successful Sea Trials
Iridium’s New Global Marine Satcom System Draws Positive Reviews from Early Users
“The feedback from beta test platforms has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have a strong backlog of orders from shipowners who recognize the unique value proposition of Iridium OpenPort,” said
Thoma noted that Iridium OpenPort is the only truly global high-bandwidth marine satellite communication system, with coverage over 100 percent of the Earth’s surface, including Polar waters beyond the reach of geostationary satellites.
Zodiac Shipping Agencies Ltd., one of the first shipping companies to sign up for Iridium OpenPort, conducted sea trials on two ships in collaboration with Iridium Service Provider, AND Group. The vessels are currently using AND Group’s Rapidomail for crew and ship’s e-mail. The installations will soon be upgraded to AND’s IPSignature package, which offers Internet browsing, company intranet, instant messaging and other functions as well as e-mail, according to
Peter Dohle Schiffahrts-KG conducted extensive sea trials with an Iridium OpenPort unit on a 1600 teu containership under a service agreement with Vizada, another Iridium Service Provider.
An ocean-going tug within the Argentine navy fleet of ships also relied on Iridium OpenPort as a primary communication medium during a three-month deployment to support Antarctic bases during the Austral summer. The system was installed by Tesacom, an Iridium Service Provider in
Perhaps the toughest testbed for Iridium OpenPort was the single-handed round-the-world Vendee Globe sailboat race. Iridium Service Provider, SeaMobile Europe, installed Iridium OpenPort terminals on five of the high-performance sailboats. “This was the toughest possible environment to validate the ruggedness of the Iridium OpenPort hardware and the robustness of the network,” said
“Iridium OpenPort is as easy to use as the Internet at home,” said Jeremie Beyou, skipper of Delta-Dore and Vendee Globe participant. “The greatest feature is that you can stay connected permanently without the need to re-start the modem and antenna every time you want to receive or send an e-mail. The connection speed is good and allows you to make phone calls while surfing the Internet, and the terminal is really easy to install.”
Thoma noted Iridium has signed up 15 service partners to distribute the Iridium OpenPort products and service packages worldwide. In many cases, these companies are integrating Iridium OpenPort into their own hardware and software packages to provide a range of voice and IP-based data solutions for customer requirements.
Introduced in mid-2008, Iridium OpenPort provides three independent phone lines and a separate scalable data circuit supporting speeds of 9.6 to 128 kilobytes per second. Data rates can easily be adjusted up or down without any modifications to hardware or software. The low-profile, lightweight antenna array does not require a stabilized pedestal and is therefore less costly to purchase, install and maintain.
About Iridium Satellite LLC
Iridium Satellite LLC (www.iridium.com) is the only mobile satellite service (MSS) company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of LEO, cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium’s subscriber growth has been driven by increasing demand for reliable, global communications. Iridium serves commercial markets through a worldwide network of hundreds of distributors, and provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense, and other U.S. and international government agencies. The company’s customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT, which will result in continued and new Iridium MSS offerings. The company is headquartered in
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