Iridium Putting Ship and Crew Safety First
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 traveling outside the limits of traditional maritime communications
The Iridium Advantage
The Iridium network is designed to work in even the most extreme conditions at sea. Iridium’s 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.
The Next Generation of GMDSS
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 their 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.
By 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.
Iridium Certus for Maritime
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.
Tracking and Monitoring
The Only LRIT System Operating in Sea Area A4
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.
A Range of Global Anti-Piracy Solutions
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.
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.
Iridium partners are harnessing the power of the Iridium constellation to provide real-time Automatic Identification System detection of vessels outside the normal range of VHF transmissions. This innovative system detects AIS broadcasts and retransmits them through the Iridium network, enhancing maritime domain awareness beyond the horizon.