Iridium Certus®

Winner of MSUA’s 2019 Award for Top Connected Platform Solution

Overview

Iridium Certus® is an advanced multi-service platform enabled by the upgraded Iridium® constellation. Offering the highest L-Band data throughput, Iridium Certus redefines the capabilities of mobile satellite communications across maritime, IoT, aviation, land mobile, and government applications. Iridium Certus is ideal for supporting critical connectivity needs regardless of location, terrain, and weather events – all in a single platform.

ONE PLATFORM FOR ANY NEED

Iridium Certus services are provided through Iridium Connected® equipment to support broadband and, soon, narrowband voice and data capabilities for ships, vehicles, aircraft, and IoT devices. One terminal can deliver a range of services from multiple high-quality voice lines to the highest throughput L-Band data speeds available, allowing simultaneous operations for business efficiency. Services include:

  • Background IP Data
  • Streaming IP Data
  • High Quality Voice
  • Messaging
  • Safety Services
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)*
  • Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Route Service (AMSRS)

*IMO recognition received in 2018, with Iridium GMDSS services expected in early 2020.

ONE PLATFORM FOR ANY NEED

Iridium Certus services are provided through Iridium Connected® equipment to support broadband and, soon, narrowband voice and data capabilities for ships, vehicles, aircraft, and IoT devices. One terminal can deliver a range of services from multiple high-quality voice lines to the highest throughput L-Band data speeds available, allowing simultaneous operations for business efficiency. Services include:

  • Background IP Data
  • Streaming IP Data
  • High Quality Voice
  • Messaging
  • Safety Services
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS)*
  • Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Route Service (AMSRS)

*IMO recognition received in 2018, with Iridium GMDSS services expected in early 2020.

INTRODUCING SERVICE CLASSES

With speed capabilities ranging from 22 Kbps to 1408 Kbps**, Iridium Certus offers the highest speed L-Band connectivity and only truly global mobile satellite service on the market. Initially launching with speeds up to 352 Kbps, Iridium Certus was designed as a flexible platform for growth and will continue to evolve, providing both higher and lower data speeds to address customer needs.

 

Iridium Certus Narrowband*

22 Kbps – 88 Kbps

Smaller, low-gain antennas

Transceivers optimized for size, cost, and power

Iridium Certus Broadband

176 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps

Solid-state antenna options

Transceivers optimized for speed

 

*Expected service availability in 2019

**1.4 Mbps represents top speed supported by Iridium’s network; current speeds range from 176 Kbps to 352 Kbps, upgradable to 704 Kbps with a firmware update expected in 2019.

IRIDIUM CERTUS CORE TECHNOLOGY

All Iridium CertusTM equipment is manufactured by select Iridium value-added manufacturing partners. Their Iridium Connected terminals use Iridium core technology to provide global voice and data services at the various Iridium Certus service speeds.

Iridium Certus 9810

High quality voice - up to 3 lines

IP data

Multiple antenna options

Upgradable to new services via firmware update

Iridium Certus 9770 (Expected in 2019)

High quality voice - up to 2 lines

IP data

Internal power amplifier

Upgradable to new services via firmware update

Maritime

For years, the maritime industry has been forced into long-term contracts and expensive service plans due to limited options for satellite connectivity. Now, with Iridium Certus, mariners can realize the truly global advantages of the Iridium network for business operations, safety services, connected ship/IoT applications, and crew welfare. For the first time within the mobile satellite communications market, superior connectivity is available to the maritime community anywhere on the planet.

Maritime

For years, the maritime industry has been forced into long-term contracts and expensive service plans due to limited options for satellite connectivity. Now, with Iridium Certus, mariners can realize the truly global advantages of the Iridium network for business operations, safety services, connected ship/IoT applications, and crew welfare. For the first time within the mobile satellite communications market, superior connectivity is available to the maritime community anywhere on the planet.

Land Mobile

Iridium Certus extends the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure like never before with truly mobile communications capabilities ideal for critical connectivity needs anywhere on the planet. With a range of data speeds available, and even more on the way, Iridium Certus provides a reliable connection for voice and data services, including telephony, satellite internet, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and location-based applications. With Iridium Certus, customers can control costs by eliminating the need to deploy expensive ground-based infrastructure or large, expensive directional terminals that rely on geostationary satellites.

Land Mobile

Iridium Certus extends the reach of terrestrial and cellular infrastructure like never before with truly mobile communications capabilities ideal for critical connectivity needs anywhere on the planet. With a range of data speeds available, and even more on the way, Iridium Certus provides a reliable connection for voice and data services, including telephony, satellite internet, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) and location-based applications. With Iridium Certus, customers can control costs by eliminating the need to deploy expensive ground-based infrastructure or large, expensive directional terminals that rely on geostationary satellites.

Aviation

Iridium Certus for aviation will deliver high-performance services from the cockpit to the cabin. Through small-form-factor, low-profile antennas, Iridium Certus will be ideal for aircraft operators looking to keep crew and passengers connected – supporting email, internet, voice and data communications, everywhere on the planet.

Aviation

Iridium Certus for aviation will deliver high-performance services from the cockpit to the cabin. Through small-form-factor, low-profile antennas, Iridium Certus will be ideal for aircraft operators looking to keep crew and passengers connected – supporting email, internet, voice and data communications, everywhere on the planet.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Global businesses need access to global data. Iridium powers new innovation and opportunity in IoT through a unique combination of global network connectivity, industry-leading core technology, and an ecosystem of value-added partners. With new Iridium Certus for IoT solutions expected soon, Iridium Certus will provide reliable, high-speed data communications to maximize efficiencies and enable accessibility anywhere on the planet.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Global businesses need access to global data. Iridium powers new innovation and opportunity in IoT through a unique combination of global network connectivity, industry-leading core technology, and an ecosystem of value-added partners. With new Iridium Certus for IoT solutions expected soon, Iridium Certus will provide reliable, high-speed data communications to maximize efficiencies and enable accessibility anywhere on the planet.

U.S. Government

The Iridium network provides unmatched secure communications anywhere on the planet, including the polar regions. Iridium Certus enables voice and data services, including remote communications, personnel tracking, and over-the-horizon, beyond line-of-sight, and on-the-move communications at a range of speeds at your command. U.S. government and military customers can rely on the secure, low-latency connectivity of Iridium Certus through the dedicated U.S. government Gateway and secure infrastructure.

U.S. Government

The Iridium network provides unmatched secure communications anywhere on the planet, including the polar regions. Iridium Certus enables voice and data services, including remote communications, personnel tracking, and over-the-horizon, beyond line-of-sight, and on-the-move communications at a range of speeds at your command. U.S. government and military customers can rely on the secure, low-latency connectivity of Iridium Certus through the dedicated U.S. government Gateway and secure infrastructure.

Partners

Iridium proudly operates a strong partner ecosystem that helps connect enterprises, governments, people, and things in exciting new ways. The Iridium partner ecosystem enables leading global technology companies to leverage Iridium’s unique network to manufacture, develop, market, and support innovative applications for a variety of different markets and industries.

Iridium continues to work with market leaders to bring the award-winning Iridium Certus platform to customers. Iridium Certus service providers work across industries, including maritime, land mobile, aviation, IoT, and the U.S. government.

Partners

Iridium proudly operates a strong partner ecosystem that helps connect enterprises, governments, people, and things in exciting new ways. The Iridium partner ecosystem enables leading global technology companies to leverage Iridium’s unique network to manufacture, develop, market, and support innovative applications for a variety of different markets and industries.

Iridium continues to work with market leaders to bring the award-winning Iridium Certus platform to customers. Iridium Certus service providers work across industries, including maritime, land mobile, aviation, IoT, and the U.S. government.

THE MAKING OF IRIDIUM CERTUS

Part 1: Origins

Part 2: Hardware

Part 3: Partners