--New version of maritime communications platform enhances data
connectivity on handheld satellite phone--
BETHESDA, MD, April 20 /CNW/ - Stratos Global, the leading global
provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications
solutions, today announced that data service on Inmarsat's popular new
IsatPhone Pro handheld satellite phone is now available with Stratos'
recently released AmosConnect 8.2 communications application.
IsatPhone Pro's new circuit-switched global data capability of 2.4 kbps
enables users to access emails, jpegs, documents or PDFs. The
compression capability inherent in AmosConnect 8.2 enables transmission
speeds of more than 20 kbps for certain file types.
Since managing the first-ever IsatPhone Pro activation in July 2010,
Stratos has activated more than 4,000 of the units for first
responders, journalists, oil & gas workers and government officials
worldwide who require reliable, high-quality voice connectivity in the
most remote locations.
AmosConnect 8.2 was customized with IsatPhone Pro in mind. It enables
users to seamlessly integrate email, SMS and interoffice communications
into a single messaging system. AmosConnect is one of only two
communications applications now accredited by Inmarsat for use with
In addition to optimizing the performance of IsatPhone Pro, AmosConnect
8.2 enhances broadband IP-based maritime satellite services that
include FleetBroadband, Iridium OpenPort and the VSAT solutions
OceanVSAT and StratosITek. Integration with these services enables
users to control their sessions and ensure optimal airtime use directly
The AmosConnect 8.2 portal brings all ship-relevant data to one central
information page. The sending of reports and the receipt of weather
updates and company news can be achieved within the same interface.
With this new version, all service settings are remotely configurable
from a central office. This functionality greatly reduces
implementation and support time.
New in AmosConnect 8.2 is the ability to automatically register a Basic
license, which features one free mailbox. This new feature is extremely
powerful in combination with the new IsatPhone Pro data service, as it
enables fast and easy deployment of large numbers of field users with
voice, SMS and email capabilities.
The integration of AmosConnect 8.2 with IsatPhone Pro exemplifies the
benefits that Stratos customers receive from The Stratos Advantage, a
wide range of value-added services that ensure optimal communications
performance and cost efficiency.
The foundation of The Stratos Advantage is Stratos Dashboard, which
enables customers to manage their use of satellite airtime by providing
real-time information on voice and data traffic used, with associated
costs. Stratos Dashboard further enhances the user experience of
IsatPhone Pro by providing instant provisioning, as well as rebilling
and reporting options to minimize unexpected invoices and potential
financial risk. Stratos Dashboard supports both postpaid and prepaid
"It is very gratifying to work with our network of more than 400 Channel
Partners to bring the reliability and high performance of IsatPhone Pro
to more than 4,000 customers worldwide," said Stratos President and CEO
Jim Parm. "We are confident that our customers will fully utilize the
service's new data capabilities. We also know they will appreciate how
the integration of IsatPhone Pro with AmosConnect 8.2 enables optimal
productivity and safety."
About Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos
Inmarsat's new IsatPhone Pro is the first product in the Inmarsat Global
Satellite Phone Services (GSPS) family. Inmarsat GSPS' full global
coverage is made possible by the latest-generation Inmarsat-4 (I-4)
satellites, which are among the world's largest and most advanced
communications satellites. The I-4s were designed with IP
communications in mind and are optimized to deliver high-quality and
dependable data communications, well into the 2020s.
Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos offers a competitive alternative to the
handheld, fixed and maritime phone solutions now available in the
marketplace. The services offer high-quality voice and data
connectivity via small, affordable equipment - ideal for remote workers
in the energy, mining, government, media and first-responder
communities. More information is available at www.stratosglobal.com/isatphonepro.
About The Stratos Advantage
Stratos Dashboard is used by many Stratos customers who deploy Inmarsat
BGAN, FleetBroadband and SwiftBroadband mobile broadband satellite
services. Stratos Dashboard also is widely used worldwide by customers
deploying Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos. The Stratos Advantage value-added
services 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. More
information on The Stratos Advantage is available at www.stratosglobal.com.
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.
SOURCE Stratos Global Corporation
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