OVERVIEW

The power to study environmental changes as they happen, everywhere

Monitoring weather patterns and endangered species can take scientists all over the world. From the highest mountains, to the most isolated forests, to the deepest oceans, the ability to stay connected is critical to the success and safety of all research operations.

Powered by the world’s furthest reaching network, Iridium and its partners deliver reliable voice and data communications solutions to scientists, environmentalists and fieldworkers — enabling them to push their studies further than ever, anywhere on the planet.

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Unmatched reach, reliability and
return on investment

A global communications leader, Iridium works with its partners to enable key advantages for scientific initiatives, including:

  • Global coverage, even in remote terrains and isolated waters
  • Service even in extreme weather conditions, so your research can stay on track
  • Ability to monitor animals, gather data and report findings to help reduce poaching, illegal extraction and habitat loss
  • Ability to collect weather and environmental data to address climate change on a global scale
  • Smooth transition and forward compatibility to our next generation satellite constellation, providing connectivity for decades to come.
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REMOTE COMMUNICATIONS

Meeting the needs of the global
research community

Scientific expeditions bring fieldworkers to far-off locations around the world. Only Iridium and its partners let researchers stay connected to one another from pole to pole, enhancing their safety and allowing them to relay findings in real time, even beyond the limits of traditional network infrastructure.

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Connecting the world like no other

Enhanced with high-value features and services than any other, Iridium handsets such as Iridium Extreme® and Iridium 9555 put more innovative capability — and more ways to connect — into the hands of scientists, everywhere.

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Broadband anywhere on Earth

Powered by the high-speed, high-value Iridium OpenPort® broadband service, Iridium Pilot® and Iridium Pilot® Land Station deliver exceptional performance with reliable data speeds and voice quality.

  • Data applications like email, web browsing or social media
  • Acts as a remote office, enabling up to three voice calls at the same time, even during data transmission
  • Small form factor allows simple mounting on vessels, buildings and tripod for quick deployment
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Your devices now work everywhere
you do

Compact, rugged and portable, Iridium GO!® is the first-ever reliable global connection to provide voice and text messaging for smartphone users. In addition to GPS tracking, SOS alerts and more, Iridium GO! provides data capabilities through optimized apps , so your scientific expedition can focus on the work and stay connected everywhere.

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ANIMAL TRACKING/CONSERVATION

Monitor variations in animal
populations

As animal populations continue to fluctuate around the world, conservation organizations and scientists are collaborating with Iridium and its partners to develop better solutions for monitoring and protecting global biodiversity.

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A range of worldwide wildlife
tracking solutions

Iridium-connected partners support wildlife researchers with truly global animal tracking solutions, including:

  • Two-way control of remote collars to enable flexible data gathering
  • Multi-year tracking of migration patterns to improve understanding of animal behavior
  • Near real-time alerting capability to help better manage urban animal intrusions
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WEATHER MONITORING

Keep up with our changing climate

Iridium’s satellite network enables the collection and transmission of short- and long-term weather forecasts. Iridium helps climatologists better understand climate change with a range of supported solutions as varied as the environment itself.

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Stay in touch with weather monitoring
assets around the globe

Leveraging the power of high-value machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, Iridium and its partners offer a range of climatology solutions that can assist with research and tracking, including

  • Collection and storage of GPS, temperature and barometric pressure data
  • Up-to-the-minute information collected from devices on land or at sea over the Iridium network
  • Data gathering and analysis of weather patterns over long periods of time
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Giving researchers the information
they need, when and where they
need it

From pole to pole, Iridium’s global, low-latency Short Burst Data (SBD) service provides the ideal solution for monitoring and updating status on environmental and scientific research tools.

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OCEANOGRAPHY

Maintain vital connections while at
sea

Research expeditions can lead teams across the surface and into the depths of the world’s oceanic environments. Reliable voice and data communications are crucial for oceanographers to stay safe and connected when operating in isolated waters —where only Iridium offers coverage.

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Retrieve data from the most remote
areas

Iridium and its partners offer a range of M2M-enabled data gathering solutions — including buoys, gliders, markers, profilers and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) — that get your critical scientific information back to you securely and in near-real time, from anywhere.

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High performance global data and
voice coverage across the ocean

Backed by an industry-leading five-year limited manufacturer's warranty, Iridium Pilot® is the only global, reliable connection for broadband voice and data maritime communications. Powered by the Iridium OpenPort® broadband service, Iridium Pilot supports oceanographic missions with exceptional performance, durability and value at sea.

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Extreme peace of mind

Ruggedly engineered for tough conditions, the Iridium Extreme® is a versatile, high-performance communications solution for researchers to access voice, SMS and location-based services, plus an integrated SOS button you can rely on — no matter how remote the waters.

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Network

Network

Covering more ground than any other

Leveraging the world’s only global constellation of 66 cross-linked low Earth orbi (LEO) satellites, Iridium provides reliable, low-latency coverage over the Earth’s entire surface — including places no others can reach.

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partner ecosystem

Partner ecosystem

An engine for global innovation

Iridium is proud to support a strong partner ecosystem driven by value-added collaboration, powered by Iridium core technologies and focused on delivering global communications solutions that connect people and information in exciting new way.

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