Launched on September 7, 2011 the Iridium Extreme is the toughest, most feature-enhanced satellite phone on the market. It is part of a new force in communication, putting innovative capability into the hands of people everywhere. The launch of Iridium Extreme supports Iridium’s corporate commitment to taking connectivity beyond the traditional limits of terrestrial networks, which cover less than 10 percent of the globe.
AWS assisted in the development and design of Iridium’s communications protocols for the Iridium Extreme. GAP is a comprehensive mapping and tracking solution that supports all of the advanced features of the handset.
GAP is a pay-as-you-go, cloud based, globally scalable system for satellite messaging, tracking and alerting. It provides a web based interface that shows the location of an Iridium Extreme user anywhere on Earth. With GAP, Iridium Extreme customers can use email, SMS and popular social networks to keep in touch. GAP also provides features for relaying emergency messages to first responders and search and rescue authorities.
“Our Global Alerting Platform has a proven track record in providing advanced tracking and monitoring services,” said Richard Prodger, Technical Director at AWS. “Combined with the Iridium Extreme, it has the potential to revolutionize messaging, communication and safety for people everywhere, well beyond the reach of traditional networks.”
“Iridium pioneered the satellite phone industry more than 10 years ago with the first handheld, commercial satellite phone,” said Joel Thompson, VP, product management, Iridium. “We are pleased to have partnered with AWS, who developed the communications protocol, making it possible for other online tracking portals to develop their own customized solutions. Together with AWS, we are creating communications solutions connecting individuals and organizations everywhere. “
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