Product Update: Iridium Push-to-Talk

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Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

Iridium Extreme PTT Handset

What is Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT)?

Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service. It enables fast, simple, and global group communications at the push of a button, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth.

Iridium can deliver push-to-talk the way it was meant to be, without the expense and limitations of traditional ground-based towers and repeaters.

What does the Iridium Push-to-Talk system comprise of?

The solution includes the Iridium PTT service; the Iridium Command Center, the cloud-based management system where radios and talk groups are managed; and the Iridium PTT radios, including the Iridium Extreme® PTT (MSRP $1,599) and other devices powered by the Iridium PTT 9523 Core transceiver, which enables manufacturing partners to further expand the enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

When using PTT , the handheld device gives your team access to unparalleled situation awareness and control features, including:

  • Automatic registration
  • Over-the-air talkgroup programming
  • PTT service status
  • Dynamic talkgroup selection and monitoring
  • Device talker ID
  • Device talker distance and bearing
  • Visual and audio talkgroup scan

PTTWho would use Iridium Push-to-Talk?

Iridium PTT is applicable in every corner of the globe in every industry. It goes above and beyond current satellite and terrestrial offerings, working globally, utilizing small and portable devices, through instant connections.

Globalstar and Global Telesat Communications Celebrate 5,000th SPOT Device Sales Milestone

Orbital Tracking Corp., (OTCQB:TRKK) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary Global Telesat Communications Ltd. (GTCL) and Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd (NYSE MKT:GSAT) reached a major sales milestone with the shipment of its 5,000th SPOT tracking device, making GTCL one of the largest SPOT distributors in Europe and one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Mobile Satellite Solutions (MSS) including satellite mobile voice, data and tracking services.

Since forming its initial Distributor Agreement with Globalstar in early 2013, GTCL has significantly expanded its global sales and distribution efforts to include Globalstar’s unique line-up of high quality satellite voice and duplex data solutions, satellite phones, airtime plans and accessories. GTCL has seen considerable SPOT sales growth across a number of recreational consumer verticals including outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers, competitive sports including runners and cyclists and in commercial use for remote field worker scenarios providing increased worker safety and communications capabilities.

SPOT products offer users worldwide peace of mind, by allowing them to track their assets, use location-based messaging and emergency notification technology and to make calls beyond the reach of mobile signals. Over the past seven years, lone-workers and outdoor enthusiasts have come to depend on SPOT’s life-saving capabilities. SPOT products have been used to initiate over 3,500 rescues globally and are currently at an average of a rescue every day. In 2014, there were 27 rescues in Europe alone.

“Our partnership with Globalstar has never been stronger and we are pleased to have reached this notable sales milestone in such a short timeframe. Thanks to Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to building one of the most advanced and capable second-generation satellite constellations, along with its expansion into new markets, such as in Africa with the launch of its Botswana gateway, we are seeing a great many new, untapped sales opportunities for our portfolio of cost-effective and reliable MSS products,” said David Phipps, Managing Director of Global Telesat Communications.

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

SPOT Top 10 Country Rescues

Globalstar recently completed a constellation-wide upgrade programme including the launch of 24 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites. In addition to upgrading its satellite fleet, it is also modernising its ground station network such as in Gaborone, Botswana which has extended Globalstar’s reach into Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We wish to commend GTCL for this sales achievement and for its work as a valuable Globalstar partner. Supported by the industry’s most modern and robust satellite communications platform, GTCL plays a critical role in ensuring that SPOT is the clear choice for customers around the globe who require reliable connectivity and accurate GPS tracking solutions,” said Mark O’Connell, Director of European Sales & Business Operations at Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.

 

Just some of the awards that SPOT devices have won:

Iridium improve GO! Plans to include voice calls

Good news for Iridium GO! customers – Iridium has announced improvements to the existing Iridium GO! Post-Paid Bundle plans.

Iridium GO!

Iridium GO! Hotspot allows you to use your smartphone to make phone calls via satellite

Customers on the 75 and 150 minute bundle plans can now also use voice minutes as part of those inclusive bundles.  Also customers on the Unlimited Plan can now take advantage of an additional 150 minutes of voice calls at no additional charge.  Voice calls included on these plans are to fixed and mobile numbers anywhere in the world.

These changes are effective for existing and new activations and will come into effect on 1 August.

Check out our Iridium GO! plans

Globalstar now offering Pan-African Satellite Coverage

Globalstar announced last week that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling Globalstar to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent. This new gateway provides Globalstar’s full line of simplex services, including its SPOT Gen3 and SPOT Trace devices which offer affordable personal tracking.

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Updated Globalstar Simplex Coverage

Much of the African continent has limited terrestrial and/or cellular infrastructure. In these regions in particular, Globalstar’s satellite services, which leverage the industry’s only complete next generation satellite constellation in orbit, provide a compelling must-have solution for seamless tracking of people and assets. The Globalstar network enables professional, corporate and government users to monitor vital infrastructure and can also enhance the effectiveness of life-saving emergency first responder services.

“Expanding our service throughout Africa demonstrates Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to making our technology globally accessible,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “We see this region as a significant growth opportunity for our low cost satellite solutions. For the first time, people and industries in this burgeoning region will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to working with BBi to make our technology available to more people and businesses across Africa.”

SPOT Gen 3 helps German mountaineer communicate in Everest avalanche

Young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch

Young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch

When the earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April, the young German mountaineer and climber Jost Kobusch (22) was on an expedition to Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world. His video of the avalanche hitting the Everest Base Camp has already been watched by more than 22 million people.

In the run-up to this expedition, Jost prepared carefully, conducted physical training and put a lot of thought into the choice of his equipment. He bought a SPOT Gen3 device based on a friend’s recommendation.

Jost-Kobusch-3SPOT Gen3 is a satellite messenger that allows users to send messages to friends and family, to share their current GPS location in almost real time via its tracking function and send a SOS signal to emergency responders. Thanks to its use of satellite technology, SPOT Gen3 works where there is no mobile phone service.

Jost’s video on YouTube was proof that he had survived the avalanche unharmed. But within seconds of the avalanche, with a single press of the ‘check in’ button, Jost had sent a text message including his current GPS location to his parents, saying “I’m fine. Everything is alright.”  They received the text even before they knew what had happened.


“From now on, the SPOT will always be a fixed part of my equipment. I think of it as a replacement for a mobile phone in extreme environments,” he said. The great advantage Jost sees is that by pressing a single button he can reach many people or can call for help, without having to actually type a message and send it to every person individually.

Since he was young, Jost has loved the mountains. His plan to climb Lhotse solo andJost-Kobusch-1 without additional oxygen would have been another milestone in his career as a mountaineer, but due to the earthquake his expedition came to a sudden end.

Jost has now returned to Nepal where he is supporting rebuilding activities and fundraising campaigns. Afterwards he will fly to Kirgizstan as part of the team establishing the “Climb for life” project.  They want to establish the small village Arslandbob as a destination for climbers and mountaineers. By developing training routes,  training guides and providing climbing equipment they hope to sustainably create additional income sources for the local people.

Find out more about SPOT Gen 3

Save up to $75 off your DeLorme inReach this June!

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DeLorme-inReach-Summer-Rebate-2015-2DeLorme have launched their latest promotion offering you up to $75 off a DeLome inReach this summer.

New purchases of inReach SE Satellite Trackers are eligible to receive $50 rebate and inReach Explorer Satellite Trackers $75.

DeLorme inReach devices provide a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it and emergency assistance when you need it. Subscription plans start from just $11.95 per month making DeLorme satellite trackers an affordable option for communication in remote locations.

With your DeLorme inReach you can:

  • Send email or text messages
  • Transmit GPS coordinates
  • Call for help wherever you travel across the world

To be eligible for the rebate follow these simple instructions:

  • Purchase a new inReach SE or Explorer between 1 June 2015 – 27 June 2015
  • Complete DeLorme Rebate Form included with your inReach device
  • Activate your nReach by 15 July 2015, post rebate form by 15 July 2015
  • Provide a copy of the original sales receipt showing product info and valid date
  • Provide the original UPC cut from the product packaging
  • Rebate checks will be mailed or credit applied to account in 8-10 weeks

Have questions on the DeLorme inReach Rebate Scheme?  Give us a call on 01202 801290

Globalstar launch SmartOne C – world’s smallest commercial one-way satellite asset tracker

SmartOne-C-Satellite-Asset-TrackerCompact, robust device provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere including areas well beyond cellular coverage.

  • SmartOne C breaks new ground in commercial asset management
  • Compact, robust device provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere including areas well beyond cellular coverage
  • Creates new opportunities for customers to leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)

The SmartOne C complements Globalstar’s existing SmartOne B model while opening up new opportunities for a wide range of businesses to monitor and manage their fixed and portable assets including shipping containers, transport trailers, construction machinery and vehicle fleets.

At the core of the SmartOne C is an accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft. The device can dynamically report asset status and monitor faults, both of which can significantly enhance operating efficiency across numerous metrics. Since the launch of the original SmartOne in 2012, over 150,000 units have been shipped and used across multiple industry sectors including multimodal, aviation, alternative energy and military customers.

This enhanced model expands Globalstar’s Simplex solutions portfolio set and offers commercial and governmental customers the opportunity to benefit from the smallest simplex asset manager in the marketplace.

As further evidence of the robustness of SmartOne, should the line power be interrupted or fail, the SmartOne B and SmartOne C both automatically switch to battery back-up to provide uninterrupted transmissions. The SmartOne C uses four AAA 1.5V lithium batteries that provide over 1.5 years of battery life. Using line-power enables shorter messaging intervals for more frequent monitoring of an asset’s location or reporting of external sensor state.

The SmartOne C uses motion sensors, comparative GPS positions and custom configured sensors to gather and transmit asset status information. It is designed for easy installation, without requiring external antennas or power.

SmartOne C is compatible with our www.GTCTrack.com mapping portal which allows you to view positions, generate reports, geofences and alerts to asset movement.

SmartOne C features include:

  • Reduced messaging mode: when the asset remains in the same location, messaging is reduced to increase battery longevity
  • Message settings: Wake, GPS locate, transmit location, resume sleep and additional 12 programmable sleep and time-of-wake settings
  • Small size: 2.7 (H) x 3.25 (W) x 1 IN (D) including brackets [69 x 83 x 25 mm]
    Lightweight: 3.6oz/102g including four batteries and mounting hardware
  • Quick and flexible installation: uses industrial adhesives, brackets or screw mounts for installation
  • Simple design: requires no harnesses, external power or external antenna
  • Accepts contact and serial signals (TTL) from external inputs

SmartOne C is powered by Globalstar’s Simplex data network, enabled by Globalstar’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, the only complete next generation LEO system in operation today.  Check out the Globalstar Simplex Coverage Map

 

 

Firmware version 5.8.0 now available for IsatPhone Pro

IsatPhone Pro firmware version 5.8.0 is released and available for download now.

Important: Firmware version 5.8.0 supersedes the firmware version 5.6.1.

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Recommendations for installation
For users of 5.3.0 or higher this is a recommended upgrade, meaning that the features introduced by the firmware are important but not critical for the GSPS service, including the network and the IsatPhone Pro handset.

 

For users that who have not yet upgraded to version 5.3.0 or higher, this upgrade to 5.8.0 is considered  to be ‘mandatory’ to avoid the phone becoming non-operational.

To check you have the latest version on your IsatPhone Pro, go to Menu > Settings > About > Firmware version.

Download Firmware version 5.8.0

Communication from Polar Regions – the only answer is Iridium!

We often are approached by customers who are undertaking expeditions or scientific projects in the Northern or Southern Polar regions who need to use satellite communications to report back their news and findings.  As Iridium is the only satellite network to cover these areas we take a look at how customers use their products at the in these regions.

Free Press: Journalism Beyond the Traditional Bounds of Geography

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Iridium Pilot Data Terminal

Iridium’s latest blog details how cinematographer and editor Kenneth Sorento and journalist Martin Breum were required to report back to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) while undertaking an expedition to the Arctic seabed.

The team were asked to send a 2.5 minute HD quality news story.  With some strong preparation beforehand Sorento worked with a technician at DR to develop a method of compressing the file – they were able to compress the video from 2.23 GB to 40.6 MB and cut it into three parts. DR received the files, combined them, and the story aired soon after, with very little loss in quality.  Iridium Pilot and Iridium 9555 satellite phone were used for their journey.

Alex Hibbert’s Epic Journey through the North West Passage

Iridium 9575 Extreme

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

GTC customer Alex Hibbert and his team are currently undertaking an expedition to ski, walk and swim 1800 miles fully unsupported (no resupplies or power-assistance) across a treacherous terrain of sea ice! This is the longest ever journey both man-powered or unsupported.

The team knew that the unpredictable nature of the sea ice would mean that they would need a reliable form of communication at all times and so we supplied the Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone. The Iridium Extreme offers emergency SOS with notification services and works anywhere in the world so the team know that they can call for help if they ever find themselves in danger.

Read the Full Story: Alex Hibbert begins his epic journey through the North West Passage

 

Antony Jinman reaches North & South Pole

AJ South Pole 1In January last year Antony Jinman fulfilled his childhood dream of reaching both the North and South Pole.

Antony is the founder and CEO of Education through Expeditions (ETE), a social enterprise set up to inspire young people to learn more about the world around them and follow their dreams.

Antony embarked on this expedition not only to achieve his own lifetime goal but as a means to inspire and educate children. We lent a DeLorme inReach SE to Antony so that his expedition could be completely interactive and school children from all over the country would be able to ask him questions and track his progress online. The DeLorme inReach SE can send and receive messages and tracking signals from anywhere in the world and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments, making it the perfect travel companion for Antony on his solo expedition.

Read the Full Story: Antony Jinman Has Completed His South Pole Missions

 

Have you used your Iridium phone or terminal to communicate in remote areas? Let us know your story!

Is the incorrect time showing on your Iridium handset?

Iridium-Satellite-Network-LogoIridium changed the system time on its satellites on 3 March 2015.

Iridium calls this “re-epoching.” After that point, Iridium handsets (like the Iridium Extreme, Iridium 9555, Iridium 9505a, Iridium 9505, and the Iridium 9500) will display the incorrect system time until users enter in a string of numbers.

You can reset the system time on your satellite phone to reflect the correct time by entering a quick string of numbers into your handset.

How to Reset the System Time on Your Iridium Handheld Satellite Phone (9555/9575)

iridium9555At this time, the following instructions only apply to Iridium 9555 and Iridium 9575:

  1.  After the Iridium Time Re-Epoch Occurs (March 3, 2015) you can reset the time on your Iridium 9555 or Iridium 9575
  2. Dial *#99#2014051114235500# on an Iridium 9555 or Iridium 9575 satellite phone
  3. Press the green key
  4. Then power off/on

Resetting the System Time on an Older Iridium Handheld Satellite Phone (9500/9505A)

Iridium 9500, 9505, and 9505A customers will need to set the updated time and date from their phone menu.

  1. Follow the steps in “Getting to Phone Setup…” to get to “Set Time and Date,” and then press OK to select.
  2. Press MENU to choose “Set Home Time + Date” or “Set Away Time + Date,” and then press OK. You will see “Enter Home Time or Enter Away Time” and the time currently set.
  3. Press OK to accept the displayed time or enter the time in 24-hour format, and then press OK. You will see “Enter Home Date or Enter Away Time” and the date currently set.
  4. Press OK to accept the displayed date. You will see “Completed.” or enter the date in day(dd)-month(mm)-year(yy) form and then press OK. You will see “Completed.”
  5. Press and hold C to exit the menu.