Iridium Certus Satellite Communications Reinvented #
Iridium Certus satellite is an advanced multi-service platform enabled by the upgraded Iridium constellation. Offering the highest L-Band data throughput Iridium Certus redefines the capabilities of mobile satellite communications across maritime, IoT, aviation, land mobile, and government applications. Iridium Certus is ideal for supporting critical connectivity needs regardless of location, terrain, and weather events; all in a single platform.
One Platform For Any Need #
Iridium Certus services are provided through Iridium Connected equipment to support broadband (and soon) midband voice and data capabilities for ships, vehicles, aircraft, and IoT devices. One terminal can deliver a range of services from multiple high-quality voice lines to the highest throughput L-Band data speeds available; allowing simultaneous operations for business efficiency. Services include:
- Background IP Data
- Streaming IP Data
- High Quality Voice
- Prepaid Voice & Data
- Safety Services
- Secondary Data Flows
- Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)*
- Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Route Service (AMSRS)
*IMO recognition received in 2018, with Iridium GMDSS Narrowband services expected in early 2020, followed by Iridium Certus GMDSS later in the year.
Iridium Certus for aviation will deliver high-performance services from the cockpit to the cabin. Through small-form-factor low-profile antennas Iridium Certus will be ideal for aircraft operators looking to keep crew and passengers connected. Certus boasts supporting email, Internet, and voice and data communications everywhere on the planet.
Iridium has a proven history of high-quality voice and data satellite services. Iridium Certus builds upon that reliability and adds enhanced operational efficiencies through a high-performance broadband service that connects the entire aircraft from cockpit to cabin. Iridium Certus is ideal for aircraft operators looking to keep crew and passengers connected even while in the air at 36,000 feet!
Iridium is the only network that can delivery reliable broadband connectivity to small form factor, low-profile antennas. With a height of less than 6cm, Iridium antennas produce almost no drag and can be installed just about anywhere on the aircraft, which adds convenience to the whole process.
Iridium’s unique cross-linked Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) network delivers the highest reliability of any commercial satellite network and also their cross-linked meshed architecture provides redundancy afforded by no other commercial satellite constellation as well.
Unparalleled Reach and High Dependability #
In a world where global communications are increasingly critical, only one company connects
everyone to the things that matter most, from pole to pole. Powered by a uniquely sophisticated global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, the Iridium® network provides high-quality voice and data connections over the planet’s entire surface, including across oceans, airways and polar regions. For customers, the unparalleled coverage and high dependability of the Iridium network means they can rely on their critical communication lifelines to work when they need them most — anywhere.
For years, the maritime industry has been forced into long-term contracts and expensive service plans due to limited options for satellite connectivity. Now, with Iridium Certus mariners can realize the truly global advantages of the Iridium network for business operations, safety services, connected ship/IoT applications, and crew welfare. For the first time within the mobile satellite communications market superior connectivity is available to the maritime community anywhere on the planet.
Iridium is a trusted provider of maritime satellite communications offered via a global network of channel partners to vessel owners, operators, managers, and guests across all maritime market sectors and geographies. Iridium Certus delivers the reliable service with high L-Band speeds anywhere on the planet. For the first time in maritime mobile satellite communications a superior connectivity alternative is now available and it brings with it convenience and affordability.
Iridium is committed to providing great features at a reasonable cost and Iridium Certus has raised the bar for value. Iridium Certus provides greater performance than other L-Band options and the Iridium Certus maritime terminals and airtime are available at competitive rates to allow for a fast return on investment. The small form-factor and lightweight equipment ensures ease of install and a streamlined upgrade path from existing service.
Iridium Certus extends the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure like never before with truly mobile communications capabilities ideal for critical connectivity needs anywhere on the planet. With a range of data speeds available and even more on the way, Iridium Certus provides a reliable connection for voice and data services including telephony, satellite Internet, Land Mobile Radio (LMR), and location-based applications. With Iridium Certus customers can control costs by eliminating the need to deploy expensive ground-based infrastructure or large directional terminals that rely on geostationary satellites.
Iridium’s global constellation is supported by a recently upgraded extensive ground infrastructure that ensures the high reliability and capacity of the communications network through multiple layers of redundancy and back-up systems for all critical functions.
In early 2019, Iridium completed the $3 billion Iridium NEXT mission, which completely replaced the first-generation Iridium constellation. With an upgraded network Iridium is poised now more than ever to meet the growing demand for global communications on land, at sea, and in the skies; far into the future.
Unaffected by Local Conditions, Such as Natural Disasters #
In space, each Iridium satellite is linked to up to four others — two in the same orbital plane and one in each adjacent plane —
creating a dynamic network that routes traffic among satellites to ensure global coverage, even when traditional local systems are unavailable.
Internet of Things
Global businesses need access to global data. Iridium powers new innovation and opportunity in IoT through a unique combination of global network connectivity, industry-leading core technology, and an ecosystem of value-added partners. With new Iridium Certus for IoT solutions expected soon Iridium Certus will provide reliable, high-speed data communications to maximize efficiencies and enable accessibility anywhere on the planet.
Iridium Certus introduces a new midband service class to the market allowing underserved markets access to the proven high-quality, low-latency Iridium network. New satellite IoT applications taking advantage of new Iridium Certus services will provide high-speed data communications to maximize efficiencies and enable reliable connectivity anywhere on the planet.
Iridium recognizes that the connectivity needs for IoT applications are as diverse as the missions they support. To provide maximum utility in the limited footprint available in many of these devices Iridium platforms are designed to support a broad range of voice and data functions. No other satellite IoT connectivity solution delivers the versatility and value as Iridium.
The Iridium Network provides unmatched secure communications anywhere on the planet including the polar regions. Iridium Certus enables voice and data services including remote communications, personnel tracking, and over-the-horizon beyond line-of-sight and on-the-move communications at a range of speeds at your command. U.S. government and military customers can rely on the secure low-latency connectivity of Iridium Certus through the dedicated U.S. Government Gateway and secure infrastructure.
Research vessels, scientific ships, fisheries vessels, seismic ships, coast guard cutters, ice breakers, and other government ships rely on the Iridium network for low-latency communications around the world. Iridium Certus expands the opportunities for this market with higher speed connectivity solutions. It is literally the only network that can provide truly global communications and has decades of high-quality service to back it up as well. The sophisticated Iridium network is a fully-meshed global canopy with high-speed cross-links designed to deliver uniform coverage and data speed to every point on earth.
As far as budgets, Iridium is committed to providing great features at a reasonable cost and Iridium Certus has raised the bar for value. Iridium Certus provides greater performance than other L-Band options and the Iridium Certus maritime terminals and airtime are available at competitive rates to allow for a fast return on investment. The small form-factor and lightweight equipment ensures ease of install and a streamlined upgrade path from existing service. They have everything needed for governmental operations including convenience and a reasonable price.