Iridium announced availability of first truly global mobile satellite hotspot. The new Iridium GO! connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi zone. This first of its kind product is also the lowest cost device and service offering that Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than ever.
Iridium GO! is well suited for uses ranging from adventure travelers to remote, off-the-grid workers in industries like aviation and maritime. Supporting a variety of specialty applications – such as customizable global weather forecasts and enterprise applications that can track vehicles and vessels globally – Iridium GO! is unlike any other device available.
Iridium GO! is now available for purchase through TS2 Satellite:
Thuraya Atlas IP is the second maritime-specific product launched by Thuraya in 2014, designed to complement the Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminal by offering a fully-featured voice and data product with additional functionality built in.
Thuraya Atlas IP is specifically designed to deliver added value to end-users seeking enhanced connectivity and greater operational efficiency on board ships. It provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and broadband IP data connectivity at speeds of up to 444kbps.
Thuraya Atlas IP features improved power efficiency, a smaller form factor and greater versatility than rival maritime broadband products. The terminal features a single cable connection to the stabilized antenna, direct bulkhead mounting and built-in Wi-Fi.
It also includes a range of features designed to support improved communications functionality and enhance shipboard operations. These include port forwarding, which can automatically transfer data from shipboard equipment and devices in support of M2M reporting routines, an English/Chinese web interface, a built-in firewall, continuous GPS output and the ability to limit data sessions by time or volume.
The Wall Street Journal has learned that Google has created an internet provider program with 180 small low Earth satellites. Google will spend more than $1 billion on deploying its first Internet-beaming satellite fleet that will help Google bring the Internet to remote locations where broadband isn’t available or there is no internet access at whatsoever.
Google’s satellite venture is headed up by Greg Wuler, founder of satellite-communications startup O3b Networks. The company stated out in 2007 and in 2013 successfully developed and launched four 1,500-pound satellites that can beam down Internet with the speed of fiber to deliver satellite Internet services and mobile backhaul services to emerging markets.