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SATCOM producing 1kb/hour at a cost dustry. Iridium NEXT will of- “JouBeh supports AXYS Technologies as of about $50 per month. In fer everything in one network their preferred Iridium service provider. the case of weather data from that everyone wants – real

Canadian Coast Guard ships time, broadband, low power,

We supply both hardware (9602, 9603 (CCG) ships, data is transmit- low cost and global coverage. and the 9522B modems) and airtime for ted every 30 minutes at sea. Geo-stationary systems sim-

Cost per byte has therefore ply cannot do this. NEXT is their applications. In terms of the AVOS gone down in recent years. In due to begin to launch later systems, these have been installed on fact, the AVOS system and the this year and will come on

Iridium connection provides line in 2017,” says Hill. Be- approximately 75 CGC and other Canadian for full transfer of each packet yond this, Iridium NEXT will volunteer commercial ships. These were in less than 10 seconds. Be- be GMDSS approved which yond this, the low power foot- means one day soon, NEXT formerly INMARSAT satellite telemetry print of the transceiver means will be used to send AIS. systems but were retro? tted and upgraded it can be operated by battery JouBeh’s Hill says that, to power alone, in emergency sit- an extent, SATCOM can be to Iridium Short Burst Data systems to help uations where perhaps a vessel the answer for inland com- improve reliability, especially in Northern has lost all other power. mercial applications, but also

For data transmission, Irid- says, “Satellite systems are al-

Arctic waters and generally anything ium’s solution provides real ways a more expensive option above 60 North.” economy of scale. Paul Hill than cellular systems. There adds, “There is an at sea trans- may be cell coverage in those mission rate of every 30 min- waterways. However, in terms utes and then a much slower of coverage satellite is always a – Paul Hill, rate if the vessel is docked. It better option. There is always

Sales Manager for JouBeh Technologies can also completely shut down a minimum of two Iridium if the vessel is in dry dock for satellites in view at any time maintenance, for example. from any place in the world.

The cost of transmission has decreased steadily over the For low data throughput positioning requirements, SBD last ten years. Iridium’s voice service costs are often con- is ideal.” At this time, perhaps, the best application for in- fused with data only transmission costs.” Nevertheless, op- land users involves location positioning and electronic logs erators can pair the Iridium data system with a voice plan, (ships diagnostics).

all on the same invoice. Coverage above 70 North Latitude, low cost, low power consumption and a smaller physical footprint: those are

M2M on the Water – and you? all good reasons to choose Iridium solutions, but they also

Iridium’s satellite network provides coverage and backup represent some of the best reasons for workboat operators capabilities for more than 80 percent of the Earth’s sur- – plying any waters – to look into a better way to facili- face where cellular is unavailable. And the M2M market is tate data exchange between the of

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