Mobile Tech Today

CIO Today Network Sites:   Top Tech News  |   CIO Today   |   Mobile Tech Today   |   Data Storage Today
News & Product Reviews for Mobile Tech Users
Barium Ferrite (BaFe):
Higher Capacity, Superior
Performance, Longer Archival Life

www.thefutureoftape.com
Wednesday, April 23rd 
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Trending Topics:   Security Heartbleed Big Data Cloud Computing Windows XP Data Centers OS X Mavericks
Home
Laptops & Tablets
Mobile Phones
Mobile Gadgets
Mobile Apps
BYOD & MDM
iPad
Mobile Industry News
Wireless Connectivity
Wireless Security
GPS & Maps
MTT Press Releases
 
Free Newsletters
Top CIO News
 
Mobile Tech Today
 

Mobile Tech

Iridium GO! Hotspot Promises Wi-Fi Virtually Anywhere

Iridium GO! Hotspot Promises Wi-Fi Virtually Anywhere
February 5, 2014 1:50PM

Bookmark and Share
Iridium Communications' new GO! unit, sized at 4.5 by 3.25 by 1.25 inches and weighing 10.4 ounces, is the company’s most consumer-oriented product to date. But rather than describing it as a portable satellite Wi-Fi hotspot, Iridium is pitching it as "a cell tower in your pocket." The $800 device is expected in the second quarter.

Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.

What if you, a consumer or business user, could readily connect your laptop, smartphone or tablet from anywhere to Wi-Fi via a satellite? That's the scenario presented on Tuesday by satellite communications company Iridium Communications, which announced what it described as the first portable satellite hotspot.

The rugged unit, called Iridium GO!, connects with a satellite and generates a Wi-Fi zone for up to five devices within a hundred feet. The company, which noted that cellular coverage only applies to about 10 percent of the planet's surface, said GO! eliminates the need for a satellite phone, and works when terrestrial networks are unavailable.

To operate, the user raises the antenna, which turns the GO! device on. This automatically connects the unit to the Iridium network via one of the company's 66 low-orbit satellites and sets up Wi-Fi. The unit is designed to also work with the new Iridium satellites that are expected to launch next year.

A Platform

A GO! app on the user's smartphone, laptop or computer enables voice calls, text or the transmission of the user's location in emergency conditions. No special equipment for the user's devices are needed. The unit is designed to withstand rain, sand, dust or rough use, and there's a built-in SOS transmission function.

The unit, sized at 4.5 by 3.25 by 1.25 inches and weighing 10.4 ounces, is the company's most consumer-oriented product to date. But, rather than describing it as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, Iridium is pitching it as "a cell tower in your pocket."

Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a statement that the product "enables people to use their own trusted devices," even when they are off the cellular grid. The company said that the product is not simply a product, but a platform for developers working in such areas as maritime, aviation, outdoor recreation or enterprise solutions.

The GO! Developer program is offering developer guidelines, access to platform APIs, and certification opportunities for apps to be featured on Iridium's Web site. Development partners currently include OENS for creating decision tools utilizing weather, ocean and fishing data, Global Marine Networks for maritime-optimized e-mail services, Satcom Direct for maintaining connectivity with passengers while in an airplane, and Appareo Systems for aviation and agriculture-related solutions.

Possible Use Cases

Additionally, DeLorme is developing GO!-related communication and safety apps, AIRSIS is doing the same for the energy and transportation industries, and JouBeh Technologies is working on Iridium OEM hardware and software solutions.

In addition to military and first responders, the company envisions such use cases as backpackers carrying GO! in their bag so they can call or text back home or transportation workers in the field using GO! to link remote sensors to apps via satellite.

The product is expected to be ready by second quarter of this year. Pricing has not yet been announced, but speculation is that GO! will cost about $800 for the equipment plus monthly fees that could go as high as $100. In addition to its satellite network, Iridium also sells $1,000+ satellite phones and other communications equipment designed for out-of-the-way communications.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



 Mobile Tech
1. Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
2. Review: Windows Phone Advances
3. Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closes this Week
4. Samsung Data Center Catches Fire
5. Project Ara Phone Version Ahead




 Most Popular Articles
1. Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
2. HP Rolls Out New Software-Defined Network Products
3. Smartphone Kill Switch Could Save Users $2.6B a Year
4. Avaya Aims To End Network Waiting Game
5. Google Video Shows Off Modular Project Ara Phone

Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Related Topics  Latest News & Special Reports

  Samsung: $2.2B Too Much for Apple
  Review: Windows Phone Advances
  Uber Meets Local Lookalikes in Asia
  Microsoft-Nokia Deal Closes this Week
  Mobile Ad Platform From Facebook?

 Technology Marketplace
Business Intelligence
Get real-time, cloud-based information services with Neustar.
 
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
 
Contact Centers
HP delivers the future of the contact center with HP Qfiniti 10.
 
Data Storage
Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems from VCE
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Enterprise Hardware
Barium Ferrite (BaFe) is the future of tape.
2.5" Enterprise-class SATA & SAS SSDs for server & storage applications
 
Hardware
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 
Network Security
Protect your network with APC Smart-UPS battery backup
 

Network Security Spotlight
Verizon Data Breach Report Exposes Top Threats
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 
White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
A new Obama administration privacy policy explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, saying much is in the public domain.
 
Navigation
Mobile Tech Today
Home/Top News | Laptops & Tablets | Mobile Phones | Mobile Gadgets | Mobile Apps | BYOD & MDM | iPad
Mobile Industry News | Wireless Connectivity | Wireless Security | GPS & Maps | MTT Press Releases
Also visit these Enterprise Technology Sites
Top Tech News | CIO Today | Mobile Tech Today | Data Storage Today

Services:
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About CIO Today Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Services for PR Pros (In partnership with NewsFactor) | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 Mobile Tech Today. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.