SATTRANS Iridium 9555 Office Docking Station certified

We are glad to announce that SATTRANS Iridium 9555 Office Docking Station has been successfully tested and approved by Iridium Communications Inc. for commercial use in connection with the Iridium satellite communications system. The Iridium 9555 Office Docking Station enables Iridium subscribers to use Iridium 9555 satellite phones indoors, where the satellite coverage is not normally available. Any office, home, shelter or similar indoor area can be quickly set up with the docking solution to ensure that the Iridium phone will be connected to the satellite network.

Features:

  • Two-mode operation of calls – The docking station provides users with two alternatives of maintaining voice calls over the satellite phone: 1) hands-free mode via the built-in speaker and microphone, 2) private mode via optional handset or earset.
  • Data capable via built-in data port (mini-USB) – The docking station allows users to connect the satellite phone to a computer and use all standard Iridium data services, Direct Internet 3 software as well as third-party software and hardware add-on solutions such as OCENS Mail and XWeb, Vizada’s Skyfile, DigiGone Secure Chat and others.
  • Standard antenna port – The port enables connecting a variety of commercially available Iridium antennae.
  • Charges phone battery – The charging function keeps the satellite phone operational without the need to remove the phone from the docking station and thus disconnecting from the satellite network.
  • The desktop stand – The stand will help organize and conveniently place the docking station with the phone on desks or any flat surface
  • Easy installation and portability – The product is easy to install and extremely portable, making it possible to move and install at different locations if necessary.

The rigorous certification process completed by Iridium included testing of all standard features of the Iridium phone and services while installed in the 9555 office docking station: voice calling, dial-up data and RUDICS, text messaging (SMS) and short-burst data (SBD).

SATTRANS’ other docking solutions for Iridium include Vehicle & Marine Docking Station for Iridium 9505A and 9555 satellite phones.

Iridium vs Thuraya explained (video)

This short video created by Satcomms, in a funny fashion, compares two latest satellite phones from two key competing mobile satellite operators: Thuraya and Iridium. The Iridium 9555 handset, of course, scores big in critical network features: the global coverage and the speediness of network registration and establishing calls. The Thuraya XT phone is richer in phone features, such as a bright color screen and GPS functionality.

The authors failed to mention that Thuraya XT phone has a better protection from harsh environment, and more importantly — Thuraya phones support up to 25 times faster data transfer via satellite compared to Iridium.

By the way, since the XT phone is “satellite only”, it will not work “in the States” with a cellular network as implied in the video. One will need the Thuraya SG-2520 SAT/GSM hybrid phone to accomplish this task.

A solo row across the Atlantic with Iridium

Katie Spotz -- Row for Water

This coming December, Katie Spotz, a young American from Ohio, will undertake a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. After 2,500 miles and 70-100 days at sea, she will become the youngest person ever to row an ocean solo and the first American to row from Africa to South America. With this endeavor Katie promotes safe drinking water projects around the world, that’s why her row is named Row For Water.

Besides other equipment on the boat, she will have an Iridium 9505A satellite phone for communicating with the land crew, updating her event blog and, of course, for any emergency situation (which we all hope won’t happen). So keep tuned to Katie’s blog and Twitter account for updates! Good luck, Katie!

More equipment coming for Iridium

For the sake of recording this for later. A very technical post. 🙂

Iridium Satellite LLC names new value-added partners. Dilupe (Belgium) has developed a new Iridium 9601-based device (SBD-1100) for use in applications that require monitoring, control and data messaging applications.

Fastwave Communications of Australia will be integrating low-cost acoustic modems for wireless underwater data networks with Iridium short-burst data, providing near-real-time, two-way monitoring and control data from wireless sub-sea sensors and control systems.

Lastly, Uplogix provides solutions that deliver preemptive network management and automated maintenance.

Iridium transmits data from the Arctic Ocean

Due to compact size and relative ease of installation, mobile satellite equipment very well suits requirements of telemetry applications. Iridium satellite system capabilities have been used by scientists to receive data about ice sickness in the Arctic Ocean. A buoy with sensors installed in the remote area can acquire and transmit up to five hours of data for each measurement of deep-water waves under the ice. Since Iridium allows two-way data transfer, the buoy could not only transmit the data, but also received setup commands from the control center.

BYM News reported that the system lasted one year before being crashed by ice and trasmitted 6MB of data during that time. This equals to a speed rate about 1.5 bit per second 🙂

I assume some sort of solar power was used to provide juice to both sensors and the Iridium transceiver.

New Iridium CEO vows for new data offerings

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Iridium Satellite LLC, the operator of a fleet of 77 LEO satellites and the only global provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, named Matthew Desch as its new CEO.

According to Associated Press, Mr. Desch would like to focus on offering additional data services, the segment growing 50% during the last year. He plans to introduce new data offerings during the next 12 years.

It would be interesting to oversee these developments, as Iridium will have to introduce some new equipment to achieve these objectives. It’s been lately getting hotter and hotter in this business! 🙂