Workers in remote areas sometimes encounter radio dead zones that hinder operations and reduce safety. Iridium Push-to-Talk offers unlimited push-to-talk communications amongst members of a Talk Group that can be located anywhere on earth. Location awareness is a key advantage provided through Iridium PTT; all the users in a Talk Group can immediately see the location of the person that is broadcasting right from their phones' screen.
On-the-fly flexibility is another hallmark of Iridium PTT. Instantaneous control over the boundaries of a Talk Group are available through a secure online portal called the Iridium PTT Command Center. The Iridium PTT Command Center lets an administrator instantly reconfigure the borders of Talk Groups and select which mobile users will belong to it. It is even possible to invite Iridium PTT users from a different Iridium PTT mobile user group to temporarily share access to your Talk Group. This enables quick collaboration between all Iridium PTT users any where on earth. A single Iridium Talk Group can include non-contiguous over-the-horizon regions. This means Iridium PTT users working in Tennessee can collaborate with Iridium PTT users working in Australia. Iridium PTT is flexible and instantly adjustable.
- Lightweight handheld phones
- Docking stations for vehicles and buildings
- Interoperable with most mobile radio equipment*
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Is Iridium PTT demonstration equipment available?
Outfitter Satellite has a limited number of Iridium Extreme PTT and ICOM IC-SAT100 PTT phones available for short duration demonstrations. An iMatrix XB (mobile version) is available to demonstrate interoperability. Our iMatrix XB demonstration kit includes a Motorola mobile radio. If the customer wants to demonstrate there own mobile radio model, a one-time development charge will apply to build the necessary wiring harness. An iMatrix console version is available for purchase for use in in-building command centers.
Demonstration equipment is limited to use within a Small Talk Group (100,000 square kilometers) and must be returned within 2 weeks or your organization will be charged rental fees. For more information or to arrange a demonstration for your organization, please contact us.
Is Telephony service available on Iridium PTT phones?
Yes, some Iridium PTT phones, such as the Iridium Extreme PTT phone, support calls and texts to public switched telephone numbers (telephony) in addition to Iridium PTT communications (PTT). The ICOM IC-SAT100 PTT only supports PTT communications and does not support telephony.
Outfitter Satellite will provide a "companion" SIM card for telephony at no charge for any Iridium PTT equipment that supports telephony functions. Telephony-mode capabilities restricted to Canada, Mexico and the 50 US states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is available at no additional monthly charge. Per minute usage charges will apply to telephony calls. Other telephony options available for additional monthly fees include Global telephony coverage (excluding the Middle East) and +1 US Phone Number services. Use of a "companion" SIM card in a non-PTT Iridium phone is prohibited and can result in immediate deactivation of the SIM card without notice.
How many Talk Groups can a subscriber have?
Each Iridium PTT phone can access up to 15 Talk Groups, which can be configured on-the-fly by the administrator of the PTT Command Center web portal. A single Small Talk Group is free to any customer with 5 active Iridium PTT phones. In some cases, Iridium will authorize a single free Medium TG based on application requirements. Additional talk groups are available for additional monthly fees.
Can a Talk Group be used anywhere on earth?
Yes, the Talk Group published on this site can be used globally, except for the Middle East Region. Special service plans are required for the Middle East Region.
How do you set the boundaries of a Talk Group?
The administrator of the subscriber’s Iridium PTT Command Center web portal configures the Talk Group boundaries. The boundaries can be changed and edited on the fly as often as needed. The boundaries do not need to be contiguous. For example, it is possible to build a Talk Group that includes a circular region including Dallas Texas and another region including the state of Tennessee -- in one Talk Group. This would allow users active on that Talk Group to be located in both areas. A Small Talk Group can be divided into up to 5 non-contiguous areas. Larger talk groups can be divided into 10 non-contiguous areas.
Can a Talk Group be shared between two subscribers?
Sometimes it is necessary for Iridium PTT users from different subscriber groups to collaborate. For example, this might occur is two state emergency response organizations collaborated during a regional emergency. Temporary sharing of a Talk Group owned by one subscriber can be done in a few moments by the customers' designated administrators through their Iridium PTT Command Center web portals.
Is long-term rental of Iridium PTT equipment available?
Outfitter Satellite does rent Iridium PTT equipment, but a 12-month minimum term agreement applies. For more information, please contact us.