--Stratos also launches new mobile-phone tracking portal, fully
integrated with Iridium Extreme--
BETHESDA, MD, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced the commercial availability of the new
Iridium ExtremeTM satellite phone. Stratos today will begin shipping Iridium Extreme from
all of its warehouses worldwide. Stratos is one of the world's largest
Iridium service providers with nearly 50,000 Iridium subscribers around
The new Iridium Extreme is the latest addition to Stratos' comprehensive
line of satellite phone solutions, all of which are supported by The
Stratos Advantage suite of value-added services.
The Iridium Extreme offers users a single, in-hand solution for voice,
data, GPS, SOS, SMS and online tracking. It is the smallest, lightest
Iridium handset ever and the first satellite phone to feature a
dedicated, two-way emergency SOS button. It offers the ability to
locate users anywhere on the surface of the planet. Iridium Extreme's
PIN-protected tracking function can be turned off for users who prefer
not to share their location.
As an added benefit, Stratos today announced it also will be offering
the Iridium AxcessPoint accessory, a lightweight, portable device that
connects Iridium phones to smart phones, tablets and laptops to
establish a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere in the world - via Iridium's global
network. Iridium AxcessPoint is expected to be commercially available
in the fourth quarter of this year.
Stratos Introduces New StratosTrax Tracking Portal
Stratos today also introduced StratosTrax, a new mobile-phone tracking
portal that is now available to its Iridium Extreme customers.
StratosTrax, which is expected to be commercially available by the end
of this month for other devices, features fully integrated GPS and
geofencing capabilities for web-based location identification and
tracking of users.
StratosTrax is both device and medium agnostic, supporting satellite,
GSM, 3G and radio devices. The new Iridium Extreme satellite phone will
be among the first mobile devices supported by StratosTrax. Other
devices include Iridium Short Burst Data units, Inmarsat Global
Satellite Phone Services (GSPS) and Blackberry units.
StratosTrax features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that
integrates Google mapping views in Map, Satellite, Hybrid and Terrain
options. The portal also features a breadcrumb function that enables
users to quickly trace their trail, with tracking-update intervals
programmable from 15 seconds to one week.
Iridium Extreme is Optimized by The Stratos Advantage
Customers selecting Iridium Extreme from Stratos will benefit from a
wide range of value-added services, known as The Stratos Advantage, to
attain the highest possible performance, security and cost control. All
Stratos Iridium customers can take full advantage of Stratos Dashboard
for Iridium, a convenient application that enables users to manage and
control their Iridium services online. Customers also can order and
reload prepaid vouchers, as well as view traffic data for all their SIM
cards. This provides Stratos Iridium customers with full control of
their Iridium services and eliminates the time-consuming process of
completing and submitting forms. As with all Stratos services,
customers selecting Iridium Extreme from Stratos will benefit from a
fully supported International Customer Care Center 24 hours a day, 365
days a year.
"Our launch of Iridium Extreme represents a major market innovation that
will put powerful new satellite phone capabilities and applications in
the hands of people everywhere," said Iridium CEO Matt Desch. "As one
of our largest distributors, Stratos is highly qualified to meet its
important responsibilities in bringing this product to market. Our
continued partnership with Stratos will help us maintain our excellent
reputation for high performance, service reliability and responsive
Stratos Vice President, Marketing & Product Management Ian Canning said,
"It is gratifying to be a major part of the launch of Iridium Extreme.
Over the years, we have worked very closely with Iridium to customize
The Stratos Advantage for Iridium services to ensure that our customers
receive the greatest possible benefit from their global service at the
lowest possible cost."
Canning concluded, "Iridium Extreme, when combined with our new
StratosTrax portal, will add even more value and security for our
customers working around the globe in demanding markets such as media,
maritime, energy and mining. We look forward to building upon our
strong record of providing fast, successful customer service for
Iridium subscribers to ensure the best possible user experience."
Stratos Channel Partners and end users can learn more about Iridium
Extreme from Stratos and related products by visiting www.stratosglobal.com/iridium or by contacting their Account Manager.
Iridium Communications Inc. (Iridium) is the only mobile voice and data
satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium
enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and
from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem
of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio
of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global
communications. The Company has a major development program underway
for its next-generation network - Iridium NEXT. Iridium is
headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global
Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW
($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services
and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.
About Stratos Dashboard for Iridium
Stratos Dashboard is the foundation of The Stratos Advantage, a suite of
value-added services utilized by tens of thousands of Stratos
customers. The Stratos Advantage elevates Iridium from Stratos far
above baseline offerings. These convenient applications provide users
with cost control, firewall management, full traffic information,
pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging
services and a full range of IP options. Stratos Iridium customers also
have the ability to utilize AmosConnect over Iridium, a free messaging
and compression tool that allows users on land or at sea to send
reliable and cost-effective e-mails and e-faxes.
Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos
offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote
communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and
microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and
industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications
performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government,
military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime,
aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and
across the world's oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.
All product and company names mentioned in this press release are
trademarks of their respective companies.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
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