Iridium is committed to speeding the adoption of portable, two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies which can allow first responders and rescuers to verify distress calls.
In 2009, Iridium joined with mobile satellite industry companies and the emergency response community to found the ProTECTS Alliance (Promotion of Two-way Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems).
The Alliance interfaces with the global search and rescue (SAR) community and is comprised of members designing and launching new products and services, along with safety organizations, mobile satellite services (MSS) companies, resellers, distributors and retailers. All are dedicated to the speedy development of two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies, a promising and critical alternative to one-way emergency beacons.
The ProTECTS Alliance is now a working group of The Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM), an international non-profit scientific, professional and educational organization.
Iridium remains committed to the development and adoption of these technologies. As a result, Iridium dedicates internal resources in engineering, R&D, product certification, activations, marketing and channel sales support to help our Service Partners (SPs) bring two-way safety products and services to market. Iridium SPs in 30 countries are offering two-way Short-Burst Data (SBD) solutions for personal locating, tracking and messaging through Iridium satellites. SBD is a very efficient use of Iridium satellite capacity for tracking and monitoring everything from vehicles and construction machines to individuals in remote areas.