Iridium Communications has launched its Iridium Certus broadband service, made available globally thanks to Iridium’s new LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites. This is the first new functionality activated from the company’s USD 3 billion Iridium Next satellite replacement programme. Iridium Certus is a platform designed for the development of specialty applications. Iridium calls it the world’s only truly global broadband service, offering on-the-move internet and voice access.
The service enables mobile office functionality for deployed teams and two-way remote communication for assets, autonomous vehicles, trains, aircraft and ships at sea. This also includes safety-of-life services, where Iridium Certus is uniquely suited for the critical communications needs of teams operating beyond the reach of mobile coverage, including first responders and search and rescue organizations. This announcement marks the end of an extensive global testing phase, including beta trials with live customers. The initial service is targeted at maritime and terrestrial applications, with Iridium Certus aviation products expected later in 2019, once certified.
Among Iridium Certus’ launch partners are Arion, Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies (AST), Satcom Global and Globalsat. ―Telecompaper