La Jolla, Calif. — February 1, 2012 — Satellite tracking, fleet management, and automated flight following solutions leader, Blue Sky Network today announced it has been selected by Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) as a location-based service (LBS) Premium Portal Provider of the new Iridium Extreme™ satellite phone. This new satellite phone is the smallest, lightest, and most rugged handset on the market, with the ability to precisely track users everywhere on the surface of the planet through the world’s furthest-reaching communications network. The Iridium Extreme seamlessly integrates with Blue Sky Network’s robust SkyRouter Web portal, which provides real time tracking and two-way messaging for mobile users.
With the Iridium Extreme satellite phone handset, Blue Sky Network is providing users with the only pole-to-pole satellite phone capability combined with real time GPS tracking and emergency services. Blue Sky Network will also offer the Iridium AxcessPoint, which, when attached to the Iridium Extreme satellite phone handset, provides a global Wi-Fi hotspot for devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, connecting customers in ways never before possible.
“Iridium revolutionized the satellite phone industry more than ten years ago with the first handheld, commercial satellite phone,” said Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium. “Together with strategic members of our partner ecosystem such as Blue Sky Network, this is about more than just a satellite phone. The innovative Iridium Extreme satellite phone features a series of industry ‘firsts,’ including new, powerful capabilities and applications that work off the Iridium network, as well as enable devices that are already in customers’ hands.”
In concert with the SkyRouter web portal, Blue Sky Network’s offering of this handset will deliver to customers anywhere in the world one, in-hand solution for voice, data, GPS, SOS, tracking and SMS. SkyRouter provides 99.999 percent reliability and when coupled with a handset that is made to stay functional through the most hazardous of conditions. SkyRouter also ensures complete security.
“We are once again finding ways to offer customers unique product solutions that universally integrate into SkyRouter — one platform empowering many types of devices,” said Jon Gilbert, president and CEO. “We are proud to be able to offer a quality product such as the Iridium Extreme Handset. Our global customer base of satellite tracking and Iridium-based fleet management solutions will be pleased to have this additional option for equipment enabling critical connectivity everywhere in the world.”