Elektrobit to develop mobile devices for the Mexsat satellite communication system
Published on: 5th May 2015
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Elektrobit Wireless says that it is developing three types of android based L band mobile devices satellite terrestrial smartphone, a satellite terrestrial rugged enhanced phone and a satellite rugged basic phone, for Mexico's Mexsat program.
These mobile devices will be based on EB's Specialized Device Platform, a customized Android-based platform designed especially for public safety and cyber security markets.
The value of this development agreement is approximately USD21.9 million with revenues recognized gradually in 2015 and 2016 depending on the progress of the development work.
The development agreement includes a delivery of a small quantity of prototypes of the three mobile devices. Assuming that the development work proceeds as planned, these mobile phone variants are expected to be ready for actual product deliveries from the beginning of 2017. However, orders for actual product deliveries are not included in this development agreement but remain subject to separate agreement between the parties.
The Mexsat program is a Mexican Government program to provide satellite communication services over Mexico and its patrimonial seas, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. The Mexsat System comprises two types of services: a Mobile Communications Service System, served by two dedicated satellites with their complete terrestrial components; and a Fixed Communications Service System, including one dedicated satellite and specific carrier monitoring equipment. The communication system and devices are targeted to Mexican government offices and agencies primarily for public safety and defense purposes.
"To have been chosen by the SCT to develop these new mobile devices is a proof of our unique product platforms and competence to provide small hand-held mobile devices with both satellite and terrestrial connectivity. The devices will have features from the commercial smartphones, and are based on EB's device platform having enhanced security. Our specialized mobile device solutions with a variety of connectivity options make EB an attractive partner for companies and authorities in the public safety and cyber security markets. Exactly for those markets we are also bringing to the market EB Tough Mobile, a secure android smartphone" says Hannu Huttunen, the president of EB's Wireless Business Segment.
Under the development agreement, SCT and EB have agreed that any intellectual property rights arising from the development work by EB will be owned by EB but can be utilized by SCT through a licensing agreement.