As the amount of commercial and industry traffic in icy Arctic passages continues to increase year by year, establishing dependable satellite communications technology has become increasingly important to guarantee the safety of vessels traveling through polar regions.

In the December/January issue of Maritime IT & Electronics, Iridium’s Brian Pemberton discusses the current state of technology in maritime communications and the steps Iridium is taking to ensure that all vessels making the journey through these rugged waters are afforded the reliable voice and data communication technology needed to complete a successful journey.

As the only fully global satellite network to provide maritime communication in all sea areas, Iridium is taking additional action to ensure reliable emergency communications by applying for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) certification through the IMO.

By as early as 2015 it may be possible for ships to have a single communications provider to support both their broadband communication needs and emergency safety requirements no matter where they operate around the world. You can read the entire article here on page 14 of the digital issue of Maritime IT & Electronics.