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Iridium launches Pilot

Iridium Communications has launched its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot.

Iridium Pilot will utilise the Iridium OpenPort service, and is offered via a small, lightweight antenna which the company says has been engineered for operation in the harshest of maritime conditions.

The fixed, electronically-steerable, phased-array antenna offers broadband connectivity in addition to three independent phone lines, all of which work simultaneously, with data speeds up to 134 kbps.

The platform offers a built-in firewall for traffic management and a bulk configuration capability to assist in managing large volumes of units.

The antenna will also be offered with the Iridium Global Service Program, featuring a standard five-year limited warranty.

“Importantly, Iridium Pilot will be compatible with Iridium’s next generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT,” noted Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium.

“Iridium NEXT, scheduled for deployment starting in 2015, is the largest commercial space programme underway today. Ship operators installing Iridium Pilot can have the confidence that their equipment will be supported well beyond 2020.”

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