Global Telesat Communications to Provide Satellite Tracking for Atlantic Odyssey Transatlantic Rallies

logo_ao_finalGlobal Telesat Communications, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of satellite tracking and communications equipment, announced today that it has been selected to provide the satellite tracking solution for yachts participating in the Atlantic Odyssey rallies. These new transatlantic rallies have been launched by Jimmy Cornell, the founder of the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). The aim of the rallies is to return to the original spirit of the ARC, that of a non-commercial non-competitive event for cruising sailors, with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment of participation in this kind of amateur event.

GTC will supply DeLorme inReach satellite trackers, airtime and online mapping capabilities for the rallies which are being organised by Cornell Sailing Events Ltd.  Utilizing a combination of the GPS and Iridium satellite networks, the DeLorme inReach tracking devices provide 100% global coverage and will automatically transmit regular GPS location reports from the participating yachts.  This will enable the yachts to be visually located and monitored by race spectators and organisers anywhere in the world.  In addition, historic data will also be available to show movements of the yachts during the course of the rallies.

route mapJohn Ellis, Event Director of Atlantic Odyssey said “We are delighted to be receiving GTC’s assistance for our upcoming transatlantic sailing events. GTC were able to offer a wide range of tracking options for our fleets of yachts and have provided us with cost-effective airtime plans and trackers. Having reliable, accurate trackers and flexible mapping and airtime options were key factors in our selection of GTC for the Atlantic Odyssey sailing events.”

“We are pleased to be a part of this exciting new venture with Atlantic Odyssey.  It is a great event for sailing enthusiasts and the perfect opportunity to show off the tracking capabilities of the inReach satellite tracker.  We look forward to following the rallies with interest“, said David Phipps, Delorme-inReach-Satellite-TrackerManaging Director of GTC.

The DeLorme inReach is the first affordable, two-way communications solution which provides GPS tracking and locating, SOS alerting and messaging anywhere in the world using the Iridium satellite network.

5 Questions To Ask Before You Choose Where To Purchase Your Satellite Phone

checklistWhen looking to buy a satellite phone we know that you probably have lots of questions on coverage, phone features and whether the handset is right for you.  We also know that you have options when it comes to where you buy your satellite phone so make sure you consider these extra points before making that important purchase.

 

1. Have I been given all the options available?

Make sure that you have considered all available satellite phones before making your purchase.  Some retailers only offer higher priced models which may offer features that you don’t require.  At Global Telesat Communications we offer all satellite phone models currently supported by the manufacturer:

  • Iridium: 9505a, 9555, 9575 Extreme
  • Inmarsat: IsatPhone Pro
  • Globalstar: GSP-1700
  • Thuraya: SG-2520, XT, XT DUAL, SatSleeve

2. Does the phone come with all the standard accessories?

Most satellite phones come with a wide range of accessories to get you started including wall chargers, DC chargers, data cables and handsfree headsets.  Some retailers sell handsets without all the original accessories to offer a lower price but this is not always clear – this is an important point to remember when comparing prices.  At Global Telesat Communications we always provide our satellite phones with the original manufacturer’s accessories.  The standard accessories that should come with the phones are:

  • Iridium Handsets: Battery, Leather Holster, AC Charger with 4 int’l adapters, DC Charger, USB Data Cable, Wired Handsfree Headset, Antenna Adapter, Auxiliary Antenna
  • Inmarsat Handset: Battery, AC Charger with 4 int’l adapters, DC Charger, USB Data Cable, Wired Handsfree Headset
  • Globalstar Handset: Battery, AC Charger
  • Thuraya Handsets: Battery, AC Charger with 4 int’l adapters, USB Data Cable, Wired Handsfree Headset

3. Are the top-up options reasonable?

It’s always great to get a bargain but make sure that you check what your ongoing costs will be.  If you are planning to top-up regularly or take out a contract be sure to enquire what the ongoing top-up charges will be otherwise you may find yourself losing money in the long run even after saving money on the intial purchase.  At Global Telesat Communciations we constantly monitor competitor pricing and offer some of the lowest pricing on top-ups in the UK.

4. Does the phone come with the latest firmware pre-installed?

Your phone’s arrived and you can’t wait to get started! But first you have to fiddle around installing firmware.  Save yourself the hassle and check that the sat phone comes with the latest firmware pre-installed.  If it doesn’t, ensure that the retailer does this for you before dispatch.  We always ensure that our handsets are ready to use out of the box as we know you will be keen to get testing!

5. What after sales support is offered?

Too often you receive excellent service in the lead up to a sale but not so much after sales support as you might want!  We offer support via phone, email, Skype, webinar…whatever is best for you.  And unlike other retailers we are happy to help with your enquiries outside of office hours via email.

Do you have other questions you want answered? Give us a call on 0800 112 3919 and we will do our best to help!

 

 

Use your iPhone with the new SatSleeve with Data to send emails and use apps without GSM signal

Now in stock!

Thuraya SatSleeve with Data now in stock

Thuraya SatSleeve with Data now in stock

Thuraya attracted a lot of attention with the launch of their SatSleeve iPhone adapter earlier this year and they have continued to keep the gadget fans happy, first with the launch of the iPhone 5 adapter and now with the highly anticipated SatSleeve with data capability. The updated model allows you to use data services to access apps and email on your iPhone via satellite.

The new release not only allows users to make phone calls and to send SMS messages via Thuraya’s satellite network, it also enables them access to emails, as well as popular social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp among others. Thuraya SatSleeve users can now post news updates, chat via messaging apps with their contacts as well as send and receive email from the most remote locations in satellite mode. The device can be used across Thuraya’s extensive satellite network with coverage in over 140 countries.

Thuraya’s GmPRS service offers the highest data speeds of all the networks for portable satellite phones – you can obtain speeds of up to 60kbps downlink and up to 15kbps uplink which makes their newest product a very viable option for those who want data connectivity in remote locations.  Furthermore the GmPRS service is now standard on all new Thuraya SIM activations.

The new SatSleeve data will be compatible with iPhone 5 with adapters available to convert the product for iPhone 4/4S use becoming available at a later date.

The DeLorme inReachSE Satellite Tracker is Now Available to Rent from GTC!

We are excited to announce that we have a new addition to our rental stock: the DeLorme inReach SE. The DeLorme inReach SE combines the latest satellite communication technology and product innovation to create a satellite communicator that not only allows you to send and receive text messages, track your location and make SOS calls, but it does it all in a sleek device that can fit in your pocket!

hiking-2933If you do not have any long-term need for a satellite tracking device or don’t want to go to the expense of purchasing your own then renting an inReach SE from us could be the ideal solution. You avoid the trouble of setting up a contract and escape having to commit to a lengthy contract term and all with a daily rental rate of just £4 a day!

The inReach SE is simple to use and a great travel companion as the tracking feature enables you to share your journey with your friends and family at home by posting your location and trip details to MapShare. You can also use it to send and receive text messages to any phone or email address and post to social media sites even when you are off the grid without mobile phone coverage.

The SE provides 100% pole-to-pole coverage via the Iridium satellite communications network, with no gaps, fringe or weak signal areas, offering you complete peace of mind. In the event of an emergency, you can trigger an SOS, receive delivery confirmation, and then have a two-way text conversation with the search and rescue monitoring center until help arrives.

The inReach SE has GPS accuracy to +/- 5 metres and is designed for maximum durability in harsh environments thanks to its IP67 rating that means it is waterproof and dustproof. It is also impact-resistant (Mil-STD-810F for vibration/shock) and has a long-lasting internal rechargeable lithium battery so it will be ready whenever you are.

Our DeLorme inReach SE satellite trackers are available with next day delivery, perfect for any last minute rentals and they come with all the accessories you need to get started so contact us or visit our website to book in your rental today!

South West Kayak Charity Challenge stay inReach using DeLorme satellite tracker

kayak1This August four men from Devon and Cornwall kayaked around the two counties to fundraise for charities close to their hearts. They joined a growing number of customers using the DeLorme inReach to keep their followers informed and provide assistance in the case of an emergency.

The DeLorme inReach is an award-winning satellite communicator that uses the Iridium global satellite network to enable 2-way personal and SOS communications and remote Follow-me/Find-me tracking and location, anywhere in the world.

When starting the journey in Bude the inReach was set to transmit the location every 10 minutes so that friends, family and followers could keep up-to-date with progress.

Steve Carter of South West Kayak Charity Challenge said, “The inReach had a good following and led to a lot of interaction on our paddle. It was also essential to the support crew who could estimate our arrival times and track our progress.”

inreach-southwest-charity-kayakThe group did encounter bad weather during the trip but still made the journey in their goal of two weeks.  We congratulate them on having so far raised over £9,000 for their chosen charities, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT), Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT), Surf Life Saving GB and Alpha 1 Awareness UK.

Find out more about the challenge at http://www.southwestkayakcharitychallenge.co.uk/.

Thuraya unveils new SatSleeve with data capability

thuraya-satsleeveAfter the successful launch of the original Thuraya SatSleeve earlier this year Thuraya have launched a new model with data capability.

The new release not only allows users to make phone calls and to send SMS messages via Thuraya’s satellite network, it also enables them access to emails, as well as popular social media and instant messaging apps such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp among others. Thuraya SatSleeve users can now post news updates, chat via messaging apps with their contacts as well as send and receive email from the most remote locations in satellite mode. The device can be used across Thuraya’s extensive satellite network with coverage in over 140 countries.

Thuraya Coverage Map

Thuraya Coverage Map

Thuraya’s GmPRS service offers the highest data speeds of all the networks for portable satellite phones - with this service enabled you can obtain speeds of up to 60kbps downlink and up to 15kbps uplink which makes their newest product a very viable option for those who want data connectivity in remote locations.

The new SatSleeve data will be compatible with iPhone 5 with adapters available to convert the product for iPhone 4/4S use.

We expect to have stock of the Thuraya SatSleeve Data in October, to stay up to date with stock levels register for SatSleeve Data Updates.

We Offer Great Deals on Post-paid Airtime for Satellite Devices!

At GTC we work hard to bring our customers the best service possible and this includes offering great deals on airtime. We have a fantastic range of post-paid airtime contracts from leading satellite network providers Globalstar, Thuraya, Inmarsat and Iridium and we have ensured that our contracts are very easy to set up and can all be completed online.

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We offer a lower calling rate per minute on post-paid contracts than many of our competitors do which means that if you choose to buy your post-paid airtime with GTC you can enjoy savings throughout your entire contract term! The lowest calling rates that we offer are from Globalstar and cost just €0.60/£0.50 per min and our Thuraya rates are almost as low, starting at only $0.80/£0.51 per min on the NOVA plan. Our Inmarsat rates start at just $0.90/£0.57 per min and our Iridium rates start from as little as $0.63/£0.40 per min.

Many of our monthly fees are also cheaper than other airtime providers and we are pleased to announce that we have created a great new deal on Thuraya airtime and have lowered the monthly fee from $40/month to $30/month.

We do not charge activation fees for any of our Inmarsat post-paid contracts and the majority of our Iridium and Globalstar contracts and this sets us apart from many of our competitors who ask for a $50 start-up fee.thuraya-satsleeve-iphone

We understand that some of our customers will not want to be tied into long contracts and so we have designed our post-paid airtime options to offer flexibility. Most of our post-paid contracts are available with a one month term, as opposed to the minimum one year contracts that most of our competitors offer.

Another advantage of our post-paid airtime options is that our customers have access to a simple-to-use database called SatCompass so that they can monitor their airtime traffic usage.

Check out our website where you will be able to find more information on all of our post-paid contracts and airtime.

Update on Inmarsat BGAN HDR testing

BGAN HDR will be available on the new Explorer 710 terminal

BGAN HDR will be available on the new Explorer 710 terminal

Back in April we told you about the new BGAN HDR service which will be used in conjunction with the new Explorer 710 terminal to provide the fastest satellite data speeds on the Inmarsat BGAN service.

Here at GTC we saw the Explorer 710 at the DSEI exhibition in London this week and were impressed with how compact the terminal was.

BGAN HDR is expected to be made available in Europe, Middle East and Asia in October and then globally during November and Inmarsat have this week given some exciting updates on the new service:

Streaming rates achieved

• Streaming rates of over 700kbps at full channel have been successfully achieved on the I-4 network

• Using an ‘external’ bonding solution (‘native’ bonding is not available until November), a streaming rate of 1.5Mbps has been maintained

Testing considerations

• Testing was undertaken in Portugal on the edge of a spot beam, so the indicative streaming rates highlighted above are extremely encouraging

• We are currently still giving guidance however, as per previous communications, that the expected streaming rate will be around 650kbps

• More precise, guaranteed performance figures will be defined following beta testing in late September / early October

Pricing options

BGAN HDR will support a portfolio of four streaming rates, with corresponding decreasing price points as follows:

 • Full channel symmetric – premium service, with significantly increased streaming rate in each direction

• Half channel symmetric – similar streaming rate to the existing BGAN X-Stream service, but offering better value for money

• Full channel asymmetric – in response to customer and market demand – providing a significantly increased streaming rate in the return direction, with a much smaller speed in the forward direction

• Half channel asymmetric – similar price point to the existing 256Kbps service, but likely to deliver a greater throughput (in testing it is currently delivering up to 380Kbps)

Once BGAN HDR is launched, there will be an introductory offer running until 31 December 2013 under which the full channel service will be discounted to match the current BGAN X-Stream per minute pricing.

Thuraya SatSleeve for iPhone 5 Now in stock

The wait is finally over! Thuraya has launched the SatSleeve adaptor for iPhone 5 and we now have them available to order for just £495.

Thuraya SatSleeve is the world’s first satellite adaptor for the iPhone, providing you with easy and affordable access to mobile communication services delivered over Thuraya’s powerful satellite network and now you can pair it with your iPhone 5.

thuraya-satsleeve-iphoneThe Thuraya SatSleeve for iPhone 5 is very easy to use, you simply slide your iPhone 5 into the new Satsleeve adaptor and download the SatSleeve app. The SatSleeve app then allows you to easily integrate your iPhone contacts, send SMS and make satellite calls.

For existing SatSleeve customers, the iPhone 5 adapter can fit with the original iPhone 4/4S version and is available to purchase separately for just £75 exc VAT.

The Thuraya SatSleeve for iPhone 5 works in satellite mode throughout the whole coverage area of the Thuraya satellites which cover two thirds of the globe (140 countries) and uses its own speaker and microphone for calls meaning that it can be also be used as a standalone device.

The Thuraya SatSleeve for iPhone 5 offers you the freedom to communicate with your friends, family and colleagues in remote areas and also provides peace of mind as like all other Thuraya devices the SatSleeve has built-in GPS, so if you get lost, you’ll be locatable.

The Thuraya SatSleeve adaptor for the iPhone 5 is now available to buy from our website, just click here.

How an Iridium Satellite Phone Brings Hope to a Family

When you’re in a remote area away from your friends and family, it’s comforting to know that you have a reliable source of communication and satellite phones are often the only way to make this possible. Here is a story that shows just how much of a comfort a simple call can become. 

Through their work with Project HOPE in Belize, Iridium was able to provide a connection for volunteers Amy Kogut, a midwife, and Lindsey Zupancic, RN, as well as a local family who was in a dire situation. The following story has been shared with Iridium by Amy Champagne, Project HOPE’s Volunteer Public Announcement Officer.

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Midwife Amy Kogut (centre) with HOPE nurse (L) Lindsey Zupancic and (R) a local counterpart.

“I had been in exotic Belize for a week, surrounded by an array of new smells, faces and trees filled with plush fruits and vegetables, participating in a humanitarian mission that was a collaboration between the U.S. Air Force and Project HOPE. We were teaching Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) to local healthcare providers. The volunteers and I were enjoying our favourite local Belizean dish, Hudut, which consists of fish marinated in coconut milk and a side of coconut shavings mixed with plantains chunks, when the phone rang.

If there is one thing to know about having a satellite phone, it’s that you never really know who will be on the other end. It still surprises me that regardless of how remote of a location we are, our Iridium satellite phone keeps us connected.

 Iridium-9505a-US-Made-Satellite-Phone“Hello,” said a nervous voice in broken English. The person calling was a medical provider from a rural health clinic located about ten minutes away from the restaurant. “I’m looking for the midwives and nurses that are here from Project HOPE.”

I handed the phone to Project HOPE volunteer and midwife, Amy Kogut. I knew she would be able to answer the doctor’s questions better than I could.

A pregnant woman was in trouble. During an ultrasound, the fetal Doppler had detected something unusual in the baby’s heartbeat. A doctor had diagnosed the problem as fetal tachycardia, an abnormal increase in the infant’s heartbeat.

I’m not a medical professional, but I had just spent the previous week with the HOPE volunteers studying local maternal healthcare policies and procedures. Any suspicions as to if there was a problem were quickly confirmed when the volunteers left their meals half eaten and immediately headed for the door.

Little did I know, this same Iridium satellite phone would later be the point of contact for uniting a family.

We rushed into a crowded emergency room where we passed by six women in the post-partum recovery room. As my colleagues changed into a pair of scrubs I noticed a woman sitting in a wheel chair with a look on her face that said ‘anguish.’

I heard her mumble something quietly. Listening closer, I heard her say, “Please call my husband, he’s at work.”

Her husband was in Belize City working in a sugar cane field. He had no idea that his wife and unborn child were in trouble. As I watched her, my heart went out to her. She was alone. She was scared. And she desperately wanted to speak to her husband.

Working with Project HOPE has taught me many things. One of those is that sometimes it’s the little things that can change a person’s life. I wasn’t a doctor, and I couldn’t promise her that her baby would be safe. But I did have a phone. And I could call her husband.

ProjectHope2She knew I was desperately trying to reach her spouse. The phone call was short, but as the anaesthesia took hold of her, she had a peaceful look in her eyes. She knew her husband was leaving work immediately.

Shortly after the nonverbal exchange of emotion, the patient underwent surgery. Dr. Rosado, using the instructions learned in the ALSO course, prepped her abdominal area.

The new-born was a beautiful, healthy baby boy. The mother could recover with ease because she had spoken to her husband and knew he was rushing to the hospital to be by her side.

There are many reasons to carry a satellite phone, but emergency communications and peace-of-mind are two very significant benefits that can be achieved through Iridium’s always-on, always-reliable communications network. Iridium is proud to be a part of Project HOPE’s humanitarian mission to improve the quality of obstetric care in Belize.”

Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked in more than 120 countries to make quality and sustainable health care available for people around the globe. Their work includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health systems, improving the health of women and children, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help – See more by clicking here.

Originally published at http://www.iridium360.com/2013/07/17/project-hope-in-belize-how-one-phone-call-brings-hope-to-a-family/