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Iridium Launches Industry's First Global Portable Satellite Hotspot, Iridium GO!
Device Enables Voice and Data Communications on Smartphones and Tablets Anywhere in the World
Iridium Communications Inc. has 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 GO! creates a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone anywhere on the planet, enabling up to five smartphones to make calls, get their email, text and use some apps, even when terrestrial networks are non-existent, unreliable or costly. This first of its kind product allows users to conduct business, connect with family or access information no matter where they may travel - without the need for a satellite phone.
For public safety and disaster management responders, Iridium GO! is the perfect tool for the fast-moving assessment teams that arrive in the first stage of disaster relief or in emergency situations. Assessment requires standard form submission detailing local conditions, coupled with pictures of the emergency/disaster zone. Form submission is an easy app to design and photo compression is already built-in. And when you need, voice service is always available. Multiple first responders can work off a single Iridium GO! cost-effectively.
In addition, Iridium is the only truly global satellite communications network so users can be assured to have connectivity anywhere on the planet. This is especially important in remote areas or when cellular networks are down or jammed due to overextended cell towers in a given area.
Iridium GO! is incredibly simple to use - raising the antenna turns on the device, which then automatically connects to the Iridium network and establishes a Wi-Fi connection. By using a special Iridium GO! app on their device, individuals can then use their phone or tablet to make voice calls, text, send their precise location to family and friends and even report a personal emergency through an available SOS service.
With a small form-factor, Iridium GO! is highly portable, providing a Wi-Fi network with a coverage radius of 100 feet. Users can connect devices wirelessly without any special adapters and enjoy great voice quality, thanks to the use of optimized audio fidelity of their smartphones. 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 creates a fast, two-way connection with an emergency provider. In addition, Iridium GO! is Iridium NEXT-ready; it works on the current satellite network and will work with the new Iridium NEXT satellites that will begin launching in 2015.
Iridium GO! will be available during the first half of 2014 through select Iridium distribution partners. The Iridium GO! developers program is currently available for select partners, and is expected to be commercially available in Q2 2014. For more information http://www.iridiumgo.com .
- Product Profiles /9-1-1magazine.com (via Iridium, 2/4/14)