You Deserve Real Choice.
Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
The tide has turned.
Iridium is bringing reliable, truly global GMDSS services to the market for the first time ever, giving you real choice and making critical safety services available anywhere on the globe. With Iridium GMDSS, mariners will be able to sail with confidence.
The Iridium Advantage
Iridium GMDSS will enhance your safety at sea,
offering reliable coverage where no other options exist.
All Iridium Connected® GMDSS terminals will come standard with functionality for all satellite GMDSS services. Unlike existing competitive options, Iridium Connected GMDSS terminals will initiate both Distress Alert and Safety Voice quickly with the press of just one button.
The Iridium network is designed to work in extreme conditions at sea. Our unique constellation of 66 cross-linked satellites in Low-Earth Orbit provides reliable coverage, even in adverse weather, around the entire globe, including over the Arctic and Antarctic waters in Sea Area A4.
The initial Iridium Connected GMDSS terminal from Lars Thrane is expected to supply all three satellite GMDSS services at about 25 percent of the cost of the current equipment required to do the same, allowing more vessels to access these life-saving services.
Iridium GMDSS services will be available through a single, small-form-factor maritime terminal.
The Iridium Connected GMDSS device developed by Lars Thrane will integrate all three satellite GMDSS services at what is expected to be a fraction of the existing cost of competitive options, and it will be the first solution to offer truly global GMDSS services.
Iridium Certus® GMDSS solutions are expected to become available following the initial Iridium GMDSS launch via below-deck hardware supplements for existing Iridium CertusTM maritime terminals.
Planned Iridium GMDSS Services
Activated by the press of a button, distress alerting sends basic, but critical data to a Rescue Coordination Center (RCC).
Connect to an RCC and other maritime authorities through a call to share additional details about the distress situation.
- High Priority Calling
- Hydrographic Reporting (Navigational Dangers)
- Medical Advice and Assistance
Maritime Safety Information (MSI)
MSI is transmitted through an Enhanced Group Call (EGC) service called Iridium SafetyCastSM.
- Distress Alert Relay
- Shore-to-Ship Distress Calling
- Maritime Assistance
- Standard Maritime Calling & Messaging
Today, Iridium equipment is already used on 50,000 vessels around the world.
Twenty percent of these ships are SOLAS vessels using Iridium for non-GMDSS safety and security purposes. The Iridium network is resilient, robust, and already a trusted provider of safety and security services in the maritime market, and the addition of Iridium GMDSS services will allow mariners to feel truly safer anywhere at sea.
Dedicated to Safety & Security
Over the past 15 years, Iridium and its Value Added Manufacturers have built an impressive track record providing global safety and security to mariners everywhere.
- Ship Security Alert System (SSAS)
- Long-Range Identification Tracking (LRIT)
- Search & Rescue (SAR)
- Fisheries VMS & Catch Reporting
- Emissions Monitoring (MRV)
- Anti-Piracy & Citadel Solutions
- Ice Navigation
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