Intellian has come forward as the newest manufacturer of Iridium Certus™ maritime terminals. The announcement came from Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) as the terminal was unveiled at Kormarine 2019 October 22-25, in Korea. Intellian's C700 terminal enables a variety of applications including safety, bridge and crew welfare communications, connected ship IoT capabilities like engine monitoring and remote diagnostics, as well as situational awareness reports.
Intellian developed the C700 terminal for Iridium’s global network and designed it to provide the fastest L-band broadband service in the industry, the C700 will deliver up to 352kbps transmission and 704kbps reception speeds through the Iridium Certus platform. Its 12-element patch technology also ensures seamless connectivity, even in adverse weather or environments.
Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, said that Iridium and Intellian have worked closely together to develop their C700 Iridium Certus antenna, and they are proud to now reveal this product to the world. They expect that the new C700 will provide enhanced safety and communications services at sea, delivering added value to their customers.
Intellian’s C700 terminal takes full advantage of the new capabilities made possible by Iridium Certus. It is designed to meet the needs of tankers, container ships, workboats, cruise and ferry lines, even leisure craft, creating a truly agile and adaptable new maritime satcom system.
Iridium Certus offers an opportunity to develop both terminals and applications with the advantage of a global network that supports engineering small form factor, cost-effective hardware to provide a new choice for the maritime industry. As an L-band network, Iridium® is positioned to provide safety services, including those for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), expected in early 2020.
Wouter Deknopper, vice president and general manager of maritime, Iridiumcommented that Intellian brings years of world-class engineering, performance and industry leadership to the Iridium Certus product portfolio, and Iridium Certus enables Intellian to create new products without the borders and limitations of other networks. This is an exciting time to add such a respected industry name to the Iridium partner family, and they look forward to the terminal becoming commercially available in the first half of 2020.
Iridium operates the only satellite constellation that offers global coverage, from pole to pole. In February of 2019, the company completed a $3 billion (USD) upgrade of its network, launching 75 new satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), with 66 in the operational constellation and nine serving as on-orbit spares. The constellation’s unique crosslinked architecture enables real-time communication from any point on the Earth, making it the network of choice for critical communications and safety of life services.