Thursday, 02 July 2015 23:26

Iridium partners with Beam Communications for Australian market

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Australian satellite communications equipment provider Beam Communications has been appointed an official service provider for the US-based global satellite voice and data communications company Iridium.

Under the deal, Beam – a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR) based in Victoria - will promote and sell the Iridium Push-to-Talk service to both direct and indirect customers within Australia.

Beam designs, manufactures and distributes satellite and GSM voice, data, tracking terminals and accessories for the global mobile satellite market.

Beam has been contracted to provide services for the Iridium satellite-based Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution, which enables instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth. The Iridium network is available to tens, or tens of thousands of devices with the push of a single button.

Iridium PTT is comprised of three components that work seamlessly to provide a ubiquitous solution globally. The service is delivered through the Iridium Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation; the Iridium Command Centre, the cloud-based management system where all radios and talk groups are managed - and the Iridium PTT radios, including both the Iridium Extreme PTT as well as other satellite or hybrid PTT devices or accessories that may be developed to further expand enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

Like most commercial and private trunked radio services solutions, Iridium PTT uses half-duplex communication, like a walkie-talkie, where one party talks to other participants in a group who serve as listeners.

The current PTT network works with Iridium’s existing constellation and is compatible with Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation, which is scheduled to begin launching later this year and to be completed in late 2017.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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