On the open water, being prepared with safety services is often the best protection. A ship in distress needs the reassurance of a dependable communications system — especially when traveling outside the limits of traditional maritime communications.
On the open water, being prepared is often the best protection. A ship in distress needs the reassurance of a dependable communications system — especially when travelling outside the limits of traditional maritime communications.
A reliable GMDSS solution is essential for ship owners, operators, and crews, regardless of their chosen route. Iridium is driving the future of maritime safety with our next generation network and service – Iridium Certus® – which will provide coverage and protection that meet the IMO’s new performance standards for GMDSS equipment and services.
In 2020, Iridium expects to provide mariners with an alternative GMDSS solution that will offer secure, reliable, and truly global voice and data GMDSS communications in a single, small-form-factor maritime mobile terminal – at a fraction of the price of today’s solutions.
The Iridium network is designed to work in even extreme conditions at sea. Our unique network design consists of 66 cross-linked satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) that cover the entire globe, pole-to-pole.
The Iridium constellation architecture uses L-Band Frequencies (between 1 and 2 GHz), creating weather-resistant connections. LEO also provides a stronger signal and better “look angles” than geostationary satellites, keeping ships connected from any location – including in harbors and the polar regions.
For years, the maritime industry has been forced into long-term contracts and expensive service plans due to limited options for satellite broadband connectivity.
With the launch of Iridium Certus, mariners can realize the truly global advantage of the Iridium network. Iridium is the preferred and trusted provider of maritime satellite communications for business operations, safety services, IoT applications, and crew welfare, and Iridium Certus will deliver reliable service combined with the highest L-Band speeds to any place on Earth.
For the first time within the mobile satellite communications market, a real choice and superior connectivity alternative will be available to the maritime community.
With the launch of Iridium Certus®, mariners can realize the truly global advantage of the Iridium network. Iridium is the preferred and trusted provider of maritime satellite communications for business operations, safety services, IoT applications, and crew welfare, and Iridium Certus will deliver reliable service combined with the highest L-Band speeds to any place on Earth.
Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) equipment is mandatory for passenger ships on international voyages, high-speed craft, mobile offshore drilling units, and cargo ships over 300 gross tons. Iridium Short Burst Data® (SBD®) service enables LRIT with truly global coverage and a range of high-performance dedicated device options.
International waters are becoming increasingly threatened by piracy, making the need for ships to have highly secure communications essential. To counter the threat of piracy, Iridium and its partners provide a number of options, including covert antennas for citadel solutions, built with leading technologies and specifically designed to assist in the case of an attack on a vessel.
The reliable, global Iridium network allows authorities to track and locate overtaken ships anywhere in the world. Iridium has partnered with EMA Group to provide BlueTracker SSAS, built with our rugged technology, providing tracking and security alerting functionalities while protecting against the elements, even in remote regions like Sea Area A4.
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