Extends Voice and Data Coverage for Smartphones and Tablets Everywhere; Features an Open Platform for Developers
Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced broad availability of the world’s
first truly global mobile satellite hotspot. The new Iridium GO!(TM)
connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi
zone, dramatically extending voice and data coverage of these devices
when they are out of range of terrestrial networks. This first of its
kind product is also the lowest cost device and service offering that
Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than
Iridium GO! is well suited for uses ranging from adventure travelers to
remote, off-the-grid workers in industries like aviation and maritime.
Supporting a variety of specialty applications – such as customizable
global weather forecasts and enterprise applications that can track
vehicles and vessels globally – Iridium GO! is unlike any other device
Two free applications are available to download on smartphone and
tablets: Iridium GO!, which supports voice calls, texting and other key
functions, and Iridium Mail & Web for email, weather, web and social
“Iridium GO! enables people to use their smartphones and tablets when
they are outside of cellular coverage through the complete global reach
of the Iridium(R) network,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice
president, sales and marketing, Iridium. “Additionally, the Iridium GO!
platform is unique in the control it provides iOS and Android app
developers. No other satellite provider offers a program like this that
allows app developers to manage their access with the Iridium network.”
By using the Iridium GO! apps on their smartphone or tablet,
individuals can connect up to five devices over a Wi-fi connection on
the Iridium network to make voice calls, text, interact with social
media, surf the web, send their precise location to family and friends
and even report a personal emergency through an integrated SOS service
available after registration with GEOS.
Like Iridium’s satellite phones, Iridium GO! is designed to be rugged;
it is built to withstand rain, sand, dust and rough use. The included
SOS functionality enables a fast, two-way connection with an emergency
provider – bringing peace of mind anywhere in the world.
With one of the smallest form-factors in the industry, Iridium GO! is
highly portable, providing a Wi-Fi network with a coverage radius of
100 feet (30 meters). In addition, Iridium GO! is Iridium NEXT-ready;
it works on the current satellite network as well as the new Iridium
NEXT satellites that are scheduled to begin launching in 2015.
Concurrent with the availability of Iridium GO!, the company has also
launched a developers’ program and provides a software developer’s kit
(SDK), along with a certification program, for third parties wishing to
develop or adapt applications to work through the Iridium GO! platform
and the Iridium satellite network.
More than 25 developers in vertical industries, including maritime and
aviation, have already signed on to create applications that are
uniquely suited for Iridium GO!. Applications currently in development
or available include OCENS Grib Explorer Plus, which transforms GRIB
and classical weather, ocean and fishing data into interactive decision
tools; McMurdo Group’s Fleet Management Software, which enables
communication of critical information and the ability to conduct
business operations from anywhere on the ship, anywhere in the world;
and Global Marine Networks (GMN) XGate, which optimizes email services
for maritime use.
Iridium GO! is now available for purchase through Iridium’s launch
partners and their global distributors. A number of accessories,
including carry bag, external remote antenna, and extra batteries have
been designed to accompany the product and are available separately.
For more information on Iridium GO! and how to purchase your own
device, go to www.iridiumgo.com.
About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications
network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections
between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real
time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium
delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for
markets that require truly global communications. The company has a
major development program underway for its next-generation network —
Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean,
Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select
Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium
products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.