Satellite communications company, Iridium, has announced its appointment of wholly owned subsidiary of Beam Communications, World Reach (ASX:WRR), as its official service partner for the Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution.
Iridium PTT comprises three components that work seamlessly: the Iridium PTT service delivered through the Iridium Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation; the Cloud-based management system where all radios and talkgroups are managed, the Iridium Command Centre; and the Iridium PTT radios, including both the Iridium Extreme PTT as well as other satellite or hybrid PTT devices or accessories that may be developed to further expand enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.
Iridium managing director, Michael Capocchi, said the Iridium PTT Command Centre is the first Cloud-based customer management system for satellite-based push-to-talk solutions.
“Through the Command Centre, administrators can quickly and easily define which devices or users are members of specific talk groups and how many talk groups are needed. As situations evolve, managers are able to make changes to groups dynamically, and these are carried out over-the-air to Iridium PTT devices within seconds.” He said.
Iridium PTT, like most commercial and private trunked radio services solutions, uses half-duplex communication, like a walkie-talkie, where one party talks to other participants in a group who serve as listeners.
Capocchi also mentioned that the solution works with Iridium’s existing constellation and will be compatible with Iridium NEXT, the company’s next-generation satellite constellation scheduled to launch in late 2015 and completed by late 2017.
The Iridium PTT service will be promoted and sold by Beam to both direct and indirect customers within Australia.