New Partners Strengthen Iridium's Position in Emerging Markets for Remote M2M Data Links
BETHESDA, Md. - February 9, 2007 - Iridium Satellite today announced the appointment of eight new value-added partners offering Iridium-based products and services for remote asset management and other machine-to-machine (M2M) data applications.
Iridium's newly appointed value-added resellers (VARs) are GEOTrac International, Implicit Solutions, IonEarth, PremierGPS and ROM Communications. Iridium's VARs provide integrated wireless data solutions for specific applications and industries. VARs integrate Iridium hardware and data services along with other hardware and software to provide a packaged data solution.
Iridium has also named BriarTek, CosComm International and SATTRANS as value-added developers (VADs). Iridium created its VAD program to develop relationships with those companies that have a particular technical expertise or capability to develop a new product or a solution that uses Iridium voice or data services. VADs work directly with Iridium service partners, VARs and value-added manufacturers to distribute their solutions or products.
"All of these companies are actively involved in the emerging M2M sector," said Greg Ewert, executive vice president of Iridium Satellite. "This is an important growth market for Iridium, and our service partners are spearheading the development of new packages to leverage Iridium's global coverage and low-latency, reliable data links for a wide range of exciting new capabilities in tracking and managing assets."
Iridium reports that data traffic through its satellite network increased 44 percent over the last 12 months, spurred by the broad-based market acceptance of Iridium's new 9601 short-burst data modem since its introduction in the first quarter of 2006.
BriarTek Inc. (www.briartek.com) is a technology company focused on the development of novel devices to improve home and industrial safety and security. BriarTek is the sole manufacturer of the ORCA® Man Overboard Alarm System.
COSCOMM International Inc. (www.coscomm.net) is a leading developer of secure, reliable, mobile public safety communications. COSCOMM's integrated communication systems provide unique mobile voice and data services for local, state and federal public safety customers.
GEOTrac International (www.geotracinternational.com) provides two-way data services and asset-tracking solutions for transportation, oil and gas, mining and other industries in remote regions such as the far Canadian north.
About Implicit Solutions
Implicit Monitoring Solutions, LP (www.intellisitemonitoring.com) is a leading provider of remote asset performance and control monitoring services for the oil and gas industry. The company's flagship product, Intellisite, collects, communicates and delivers secure field production information to its global clients via an Internet-based reporting platform. Clients using the Intellisite monitoring service can improve the performance of remote energy assets, avoid the costly investment in the latest technology and meet regulatory and nomination compliance standards.
IonEarth LLC (www.ionearth.com) provides real-time satellite telemetry and situational awareness technologies serving operations in difficult and remote environments. Examples include support for teams participating in long distance international competitions such as the grueling Baja off-road races, as well as petroleum industry operations requiring the scattered deployment and coordination of assets and personnel.
About Premier GPS
Premier GPS (premier-gps.com) has been a leader in GPS tracking technology since the late 1980s. The company offers more than 30 GPS tracking products for the law enforcement, government and industrial sectors.
About ROM Communications
ROM Communications Inc. (www.romcomm.com) is a value-added Internet technology company focusing on Web-to-wireless technology, providing low-cost monitoring, tracking and remote-control solutions for commercial, industrial and consumer applications.
SATTRANS (www.sattrans.com) is a manufacturer and global supplier of satellite communication equipment and services. Through its global network of affiliates and distributors, SATTRANS offers a wide range of satcom products to customers in more than 30 countries around the world.
About Iridium Satellite
Iridium Satellite LLC (www.iridium.com) is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. The Iridium constellation consists of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares. The constellation operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world. The Iridium service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company also designs, builds and sells its services, products and solutions through a worldwide network of more than 100 partners.
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