NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - June 18, 2007 - International Communications Group (ICG) today announced that Thrane & Thrane, a leading manufacturer of global mobile satellite terminals and earth stations, has integrated ICG's ICS-200 dual-channel satellite communication terminal with its Aero-HSD+ system. The new compact, lightweight solution expands the total number of voice channels and increases the flexibility of channel types available to users.
The ICS-200 Iridium interface, in concert with the built-in PBX in the Aero-HSD+, permits the use of the same communications devices over both the Iridium and Inmarsat satellite networks.
"The incorporation of the ICS-200 into existing Aero-HSD+ mobile office SatCom systems will provide users with an increased level of redundancy and global coverage," said Armin Jabs, president of ICG. "This fulfills a demand within the market for an airborne office communication package that provides users with the option of high-speed broadband communications while at the same time offering economical, voice services via the Iridium network."
"We've made the systems compatible, so that instead of a complete retrofit, making existing Thrane & Thrane Inmarsat systems Iridium-capable becomes a simple matter of installing the ICS-200 component," said Jesper Baekgaard, aeronautical market manager at Thrane & Thrane.
The ICS-200 incorporates dual Iridium transceivers, providing a stand-alone, comprehensive communication system that can operate over a single coax cable and Iridium antenna. When connected to the Thrane & Thrane SatCom terminal, callers can access both Inmarsat and Iridium voice channels from a single handset. Additionally, a handset or handsets can be connected directly to the ICS-200 to permit restoration and redundancy in case of any one system failure.
The first integrated ICS-200/Aero-HSD+ systems are expected to be available beginning this fall.
About ICG (www.icg.aero)
International Communications Group, Inc. (ICG) of Newport News, Va. is a recognized leader within the aerospace industry, in the development and manufacture of aeronautical communications systems and solutions for the General Aviation and Air Transport industries. ICG's products provide satellite-based global voice and data telecommunications services for both cabin requirements and flight deck operations. Implementation of ICG avionics provides a comprehensive communications solution that can be customized for any size airframe or application. Products include: CTU systems, corded and cordless handsets, single- and multi-channel Iridium systems and data management devices. Markets for ICG products are the aerospace, military and maritime industries. ICG, a major Iridium value-added manufacturer (VAM) and value-added reseller (VAR), has developed a wide range of Iridium-based solutions and products for mobile satellite communications applications. ICG is an approved FAA manufacturing facility and many products carry FAA Parts Manufacturing Authorization (PMA).
About Thrane & Thrane
Thrane & Thrane is the world's leading manufacturer of terminals and land earth stations for global mobile satellite and radio communication. Since its incorporation in 1981, the company has established a strong position within global mobile satellite services based on the Inmarsat system, and today it provides equipment for land-based, maritime and aeronautical use. The company's communication products are sold throughout the world under the brands Thrane & Thrane and SAILOR through distributors and partners and as OEM products. The company is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. More information about Thrane & Thrane can be found at: www.thrane.com.