Satnews Daily
February 19th, 2012

Global Satellite USA... The Pilot Push (SATCOM)

[SatNews] Global Satellite USA has launched the Iridium Pilot™, Iridium’s second-generation maritime broadband platform.

Iridium Pilot™ will use the Iridium OpenPort® service – the world's first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband. Iridium Pilot™ is engineered for enhanced durability to withstand the harshest maritime conditions, all the while packaged in a small, lightweight antenna. It has a fixed, electronically-steerable, phased-array antenna, designed to maintain connectivity in rough seas. Iridium Pilot™ offers broadband connectivity in addition to three independent phone lines, all of which work simultaneously, with data speeds up to 134 kbps.  This is ideal for crew calling, eliminating the need to line up to call.  Iridium has also set up flexible and affordable prepaid options for calling at peak times.

The platform offers a suite of new capabilities for vessel telecommunications optimization. These capabilities include a built-in firewall for traffic management and a bulk configuration capability, to assist in efficiently managing large volumes of units. Its small form factor, enhanced capabilities and flexible service packages make Iridium Pilot™ an optimal solution for vessels large and small. In addition, Iridium Pilot™ maintains the best service program in the industry, the Iridium Global Service Program, and the industry's only standard five-year limited warranty.

Iridium Pilot™ is the latest example of Iridium's long-term commitment to investment and innovation focused on satisfying communications needs around the globe. The company's goal is to continually improve the customer experience in new and existing markets in the farthest reaches of the world now and into the future.