Organizations with employees working in remote locations must maintain realtime communications and location awareness. Without it, work slows and safety becomes a question. Unfortunately, Land Mobile Radios have dead zones which leave remote workers at-risk and cut off from co-workers. Iridium® Push-to-Talk helps resolve this weakness. We offer handheld Iridium Push-to-Talk phones for mobile workers as well as equipment for use in vehicles and buildings. Outfitter Satellite is an Authorized Iridium PTT Reseller and Marlink Elite Partner. Contact us now for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Telephony service available on Iridium Push-to-Talk phones?
This depends of the phone model you select. The Iridium Extreme® PTT phone supports phone calls and texts to public switched telephone numbers (telephony) in addition to Iridium Push-to-Talk communications. The ICOM IC-SAT100 PTT only supports Iridium Push-to-Talk communications and does not support telephony.
I have a small organization. Is Iridium Push-to-Talk right more me?
Iridium Push-to-Talk is intended for groups of workers needing communications that can reach an entire group simultaneously. If your organization has at least 5 workers operating in remote locations, Iridium Push-to-Talk could offer significant advantages. But if your group has only two or three people, we recommend using conventional Iridium voice communication or texting services.
How much coverage area is included?
Each Iridium Push-to-Talk phone can access up to 15 Talk Groups, which can be configured on-the-fly through an online web portal. A single Small Talk Group with a talk group area roughly the size of the State of Indiana is free to any customer with 5 or more active Iridium Push-to-Talk phones. A Small Talk Group can be divided into as many as 5 non-contiguous regions. So it is possible, for example, to cover a part of Tennessee and a part of Texas and a part of New York with a single Small Talk Group.
The Medium Talk Group has a coverage area roughly the size of Arizona and can be divided into up to 10 non-contiguous areas. An additional monthly fee would apply.
If multiple talk groups are necessary, additional talk groups are available for additional monthly fees. Each Iridium Push-to-Talk phone can access up to 15 different Talk Groups.
Can a Talk Group be used anywhere on earth?
Yes, the Iridium Push-to-Talk services described on this site can be used globally, except for the Middle East Region. Special service plans are available for the Middle East Region.
How are Talk Groups configured?
The Iridium PTT Command Center is an on-the-fly web portal that lets your administrator adjust the boundaries of talk groups or change talk group device membership instantaneously.
Sometimes there is a need for different Iridium PTT subscriber groups to work together temporarily. For example, this is a common occurrence amongst emergency response organizations. If your organization needs to collaborate with another Iridium Push-to-Talk subscriber group, your organization's administrator can use the Iridium PTT Command Center web portal to temporarily share one of its talk groups with the second organization.
Can a Talk Group be shared between two subscribers?
Sometimes it is necessary for Iridium Push-to-Talk 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 achieved in a few moments by the respective administrators for the two groups using the Iridium PTT Command Center web portal.
Is Iridium Push-to-Talk interoperable with Land Mobile Radio?
There are systems available to bridge Iridium Push-to-Talk talk groups to Land Mobile Radio talk groups. We recommend the Matrix iSeries because it compensates for the extra time-delay involved in space-based Iridium Push-to-Talk communications. Versions of the iMatrix are available for land vehicles and in-building dispatch applications.