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Written by Josh Miner, Vice President and General Manager, Land Mobile at Iridium Communications
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Today’s business landscape knows no boundaries. Regardless of industry, a commonality among all projects is the need for reliable, high quality connectivity that works in any location. As projects expand to more remote locations across the globe, the limitations of land-based communications infrastructure has become more of a well-known issue. This makes the case for an alternative mode of connectivity that works everywhere on the planet stronger than ever before.

Satellite communications (SATCOM) is the ideal solution for ensuring reliable connectivity across the globe. SATCOM solutions do not rely on local ground-based infrastructure, making them the best option for any global enterprise, should local communications networks become compromised. From enabling business continuity capabilities to connecting individuals working in remote locations, SATCOM solutions are a must-have for any industry. The Iridium® network offers weather-resilient, truly global satellite connectivity, making it a leader in enabling solutions for remote operations and safety services.

As the newest speed class of the Iridium Certus® multi-service platform, enabled by the Iridium network, Iridium Certus 200 fills an important gap in the land mobile market for cost-effective hardware and service requirements. The service delivers truly global, L-band satellite broadband connectivity with upload and download speeds up to 176 Kbps, supporting diverse communications needs and budget requirements for businesses of all sizes, no matter where their work takes them. 

The service is delivered over the Thales MissionLINK™ 200, which is a small form factor, light weight, robust terminal that enables high-quality connectivity for a variety of applications. The user-friendly interface can be managed from a smartphone or tablet and enables critical applications that can support real-time emergency alert and distress notifications, telemedicine capabilities and location tracking, among others. The service also provides three high-quality voice lines and can connect wired IP phones or wireless smartphones while simultaneously utilizing the Iridium Certus broadband connection for mobile office connectivity.   

Iridium Certus 200 can serve a variety of uses and is a top choice to support both mobile and fixed site applications, especially in remote locations like the Arctic and Antarctic regions. It can act as a primary mode of communications, as a backup or as a means of extending the reach of cellular-based connectivity. Applicable markets range from energy, utilities, mining enterprises, emergency and first responders, business continuity, railways and more. 

As an example, global militaries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can utilize the Thales MissionLINK 200 terminal for reporting and compliance purposes while on mission. Infrastructure resources companies, such as mining businesses, can place a Thales MissionLINK 200 terminal at a work site to remotely monitor and track activity and collect critical data, 24/7, no matter how remote, and even in harsh weather conditions. Additionally, emergency responders can deploy a Thales MissionLINK 200 terminal during natural disaster relief efforts as a backup form of communications. For instance, if the team is using a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) while administering aid, it is imperative that an L-band backup be in place since VSAT is known to be unreliable during inclement weather events. 

From field workforce management for fleets, to remote asset control requiring IP connectivity or voice communications for on-site technicians, Iridium Certus 200 is set to change the way businesses communicate, conduct business and connect worldwide. Its global reach, high level of reliability, ease of use and cost effectiveness create an unmatched offering in today’s market. As businesses become more global in nature, with projects and people being deployed in previously untapped regions of the world, Iridium Certus 200 is setting a new standard of service, making SATCOM more accessible than ever before.   

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