Iridium Launches Wi-Fi Hotspot with Satellite Backhaul
Published on: 6th Feb 2014
Satellite phone provider Iridium Communications says that it has launched the industry's first portable satellite hotspot that connects to any smartphone or tablet over a Wi Fi link.
Iridium GO! creates a satellite-backed Wi-Fi zone, enabling up to five smartphone to connect to the satelitte backhaul.
"Iridium GO! enables people to use their own trusted devices - their smartphone or tablet - even when they are off the cellular grid, all while maintaining access to their contacts and applications, as well as reliable voice and data services." stated Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium.
Iridium GO! is not just a product, it is also a powerful platform for developers. Created to be flexible, Iridium is licensing the capability to allow app developers to utilize the Iridium satellite network to tailor their products and extend the capabilities of the product even further.
Several key features are built into the product. Like Iridium's satellite phones, Iridium GO! is designed to be rugged; it is built to withstand rain, sand, dust and rough use. The included SOS functionality creates a fast, two-way connection with an emergency provider.
Iridium GO! is also Iridium NEXT-ready; it works on the current satellite network and will work with the new Iridium NEXT satellites that will begin launching in 2015.
Iridium GO! will be available during the first half of 2014 through select Iridium distribution partners.