July 19, 2011
BGAN from Stratos Provides Mountain Connectivity for Fourth Stage of Ray Zahab’s World Expedition Series
-- Adventurers and Youth Ambassadors ran marathons in Bolivia's Andes
mountains to promote the United Nations' International Year of
BETHESDA, MD, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced it provided world-renowned adventurer Ray
Zahab's "Expedition Bolivia" with Inmarsat BGAN mobile broadband
Expedition Bolivia, which was held May 12-24, was the fourth stage of
Zahab's impossible2Possible (i2P) World Expedition Series. This stage
took place in the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat high in
the Bolivian Andes. In this expedition, Zahab, four Youth Ambassadors
and other adventurers took the i2P Experiential Learning Program to the
Salar to illustrate the role that chemistry plays in the region, in
honor of the United Nations' International Year of Chemistry (www.chemistry2011.org).
Youth Ambassadors ran an average of a marathon per day for up to one
week, a total of more than 200 miles, in a quest to experience Bolivia
as few have ever done before. The expedition featured daily experiments
that employed the natural elements of the Salar to illustrate the basic
principles of chemistry.
The expedition leaders successfully used BGAN from Stratos to broadcast
content to their web site http://impossible2possible.com/bolivia/home. They also used the system to maintain contact with their project team,
post photos and blog entries, upload videos, and stream live video
conferencing into classrooms across North America. The video
conferences provided a compelling learning experience to thousands of
students. During the expedition, students were able to see and speak
with the expedition participants in real time - while learning about
the principles of chemistry.
Stratos provided BGAN service to other stages of the World Expedition
Series, including Running Tunisia and Siberian Express for Water.
Stratos Dashboard, the foundation of The Stratos Advantage value-added
services, was used to monitor and control BGAN airtime usage.
"Over the years, BGAN from Stratos has provided us with exceptional
broadband connectivity in the harsh Siberian wilderness, the Tunisian
desert and now the remote Andes mountains," Zahab said. "I am
continually impressed by the system's durability and reliability, which
has helped bring our message of education, inspiration and empowerment
to millions worldwide."
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, "It is gratifying to provide
the critical communications service that helped ensure the safety of
the young people and organizers participating in this latest i2P
expedition. The ability to stream live video from Bolivia into
classrooms thousands of miles away helped bring the principles of
chemistry to life for a new generation of students."
Coverage of Expedition Bolivia was featured on CNN, Outside.com and numerous other media outlets.
About BGAN from Stratos
Stratos is one of the world's largest distributors of Inmarsat's BGAN
(Broadband Global Area Network) service, a mobile satellite offering
that uses portable, lightweight terminals to provide video (guaranteed
up to 384 kbps streaming), high-speed data (up to 492 kbps) and voice
connectivity anywhere in the world. Since its introduction in late
2005, BGAN from Stratos has been widely adopted by media organizations,
military agencies, first responders and professionals in many other
industries worldwide. Stratos now boasts more than 15,000 BGAN
activations in 185 countries.
Stratos customers fully utilize The Stratos Advantage, a suite of
value-added services that help elevate BGAN from Stratos far above
baseline offerings. These value-added services, including Stratos
Dashboard, provide users with cost control, firewall management, full
traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy
VPN access, messaging services and a full range of IP options. More
information on BGAN from Stratos is available at www.thepowerofbgan.com.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation