Reliability Above All®
Iridium’s crosslinked mesh architecture creates a web of coverage encompassing 100% of the planet from Low-Earth Orbit, providing low-latency, weather resilient services unlike any other satellite provider. No other network matches the reach, coverage, and reliability of Iridium.
With communications solutions ranging from satellite phones to broadband services, Iridium is trusted by more than 1.5 million mariners, pilots, humanitarians, first responders, governments, and more around the world.
“In a world where global communications are increasingly essential, only one company connects everyone to the things that matter most, from pole to pole.
Iridium keeps people – and things – connected on the land, in the air, or at sea.”
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At only 780 kilometers from the Earth, the proximity of Iridium’s LEO network means pole-to-pole coverage, a shorter transmission path, stronger signals, lower latency, and shorter registration time than with GEO satellites.
In space, each Iridium® satellite is linked to up to four others creating a dynamic network that routes traffic among satellites to ensure global coverage, even where traditional networks are unavailable.
Interconnected by advanced fiber-optic and broadband satellite links, the Iridium ground infrastructure consists of the Satellite Network Operating Center (SNOC), Ground Stations, and Technical Support Center, which together provide terrestrial connections for mobile satellite voice and data; network command, control, and monitoring; and technical support.
Iridium completed a multi-year constellation upgrade in early 2019, replacing all of its first-generation satellites and upgrading the supporting ground infrastructure. The new network has enabled new, faster, and more reliable service across global maritime, aviation, land, and government markets. The original Iridium constellation was launched in the late 1990s and completed approximately 100,000 orbits of Earth before being sustainably de-orbited as part of the replacement program.
Customer Success Stories
November 23, 2022
Finding optimum oil and gas sites with 40Geo drifting data buoys
Using the RockBLOCK 9602, the team can extract close to real-time data under any circumstances, unaffected by location, weather or cellular coverage.
October 12, 2022
How RockBLOCK helps deliver medical care via drone
Cancer patients in remote areas can experience issues in receiving their chemotherapy treatment. Transporting the chemotherapy via drone reduces the transport time to 30 minutes.
May 23, 2022
Delivering Coverage and Reliability for ASC’s Tsunami Early Warning System
As a critical communications network, there was never any question that ASC’s early warning system would need to utilize satellite connectivity, both for the coverage requirements and network reliability. Commercial terrestrial power and communications networks tend to perform poorly in a disaster – either through overuse or damage to their infrastructure.
September 27, 2022
Preventing poaching in Gabon with RockREMOTE IMT
With approximately 24 million hectares of forest, Gabon is home to a number of endangered African species, which makes for an attractive landscape to poachers. However, using the latest satellite technology, AI-powered camera traps can provide Gabon wildlife rangers with an advanced new tool in the fight against illegal poaching.
July 25, 2022
Effortless cloud-based fleet tracking with v2track
When you combine the tracking and communication capabilities of the RockAIR, RockSTAR and RockFLEET devices with v2track’s innovative and constantly improved software solution, you have an end-to-end solution for fleet tracking, anywhere in the world.
August 11, 2021
Environmental Monitoring and Reporting with Obscape
A Government Agency responsible for coastal, stormwater and catchment management has assigned Ground Control customer Obscape to assist with reporting on areas such as – monitoring and reporting on catchment management, flood risk areas, storm drains and drainage ditches with the aid of the RockBLOCK.
August 15, 2021
Epsom College and the Microtransat Challenge
Epsom College are competing in The Microtransat challenge and are trying to build a robot boat that can sail from England to America autonomously. It has been attempted approximately 25 times by Universities, Businesses and Individuals; however, it has never been completed.
August 5, 2021
Automated Landslide Monitoring
Slide Sentinel is a fully automated landslide monitoring system using RTK. It regularly monitors landslide activity with high spatiotemporal resolution and centimetre-level accuracy for long-term deployments. Measuring this way aids in early warning information and limits the use of invasive and expensive drilling.
August 4, 2021
Preventing Illegal Deforestation
The world’s two largest rainforests, the Congo Basin and the Amazon, are under threat from illegal extraction activities. Unfortunately, authorities have long lacked the means and mechanisms to deal with these illegalities which destroy ecosystems and undermine both forest and indigenous people’s livelihoods.
August 3, 2021
Off-Grid Fire-Prevention Systems
RockBLOCK is a versatile, compact, low-power and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote homes. It uses the Iridium satellite network, giving truly global coverage and is a vital part of fire prevention systems.
Kraken – Ocean Drifter Buoy
‘Kraken’ is a project by Sutton Grammar School. The main concept behind the buoy is its primary use as an oil response system. The system is based around an oil response unit that aims to make it easier for oil companies to clean up spills quickly and effectively.
January 16, 2023
Real-time oceanic and meteorological telemetry with RockREMOTE
MTE’s Viking Buoy has been deployed across North America to deliver maritime IoT insights for the scientific research community. Here’s how upgrading to the RockREMOTE and Certus 100 service has helped further their mission.
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We have been working with Iridium as gold-tier partners since 2005, and our customer use cases range from polar exploration to prescription-delivering drones, so we're well placed to provide you with expert advice.