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Iridium and Icom come up with satellite push to talk radio

by on18 June 2019

Real-time communication with anyone on the planet

Iridium Communications and partner Icom today announced the commercial availability of the world’s first dedicated satellite push-to-talk (PTT) radio.

The Icom IC-SAT100 is the only Iridium PTT capable Land-Mobile Radio (LMR) offering real-time communications at the push of a button between groups of individuals, each of whom can be anywhere on the planet.

This combined product and service offering provides critical communications beyond the range of trunked radio networks and as an emergency back-up, providing business continuity and security for customers.

The Icom IC-SAT100 can interoperate with existing LMR networks and be managed over the air through the Iridium PTT Command Centre, simplifying device administration.

Bryan Hartin, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Iridium, said there was a clear demand for this type of Iridium Connected product

“This new satellite PTT device is unlike anything ever offered commercially in terms of capability, and it would not have been possible without the great partnership we’ve built with Icom, who are de-facto experts and leaders in the LMR industry. Icom has created a small, lightweight and very high performing radio that’s perfect for LMR users. We look forward to many more collaborations with Icom in the future.”

The industrial, radio-style design that keeps dispatched personnel connected beyond the reach of traditional LMR networks. The IC-SAT100’s commercial availability makes it useful for government agencies, NGOs, first responders, law enforcement, search-and-rescue organisations and businesses.

The IC-SAT100 is also compatible with existing Icom portfolio accessories and the new VE-PG4, an interoperability gateway feature that allows for integration with any existing deployed LMR systems. No other commercially available PTT device has the design, functionality and coverage of the IC-SAT100.

The IC-SAT100 is a compact, user-friendly radio with military grade ruggedness and includes a high audio speaker to ensure communications clarity, even in high ambient noise environments. Radio-style control knobs and a familiar LMR user interface make the IC-SAT100 incredibly easy to operate for existing radio users.

With real-time, one-to-many communication at the push of a button, and Iridium’s truly global coverage, the new device ensures reliability of communication between work teams in isolated areas. Users will know that regardless of where in the world they need to deploy personnel and assets, they will remain within coverage.



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