26 April 2011, London - Security tracking specialist Track24, has today launched the first global tracking and messaging system for individuals and small businesses. The Track24 Solo solution uses the Iridium satellite network and Track24's mapping software, to provide reliable and affordable global tracking and 2-way text messaging capabilities.
The Solo launch follows the success of Track24's enterprise and defence solutions, used by companies and governments around the world, to aid location-based communication and emergency management for employees and troops on the ground, in unstable or hostile regions.
Tim Grant, CEO of Track24 comments: "Recent events in Libya and Japan illustrate the value of instant communication, particularly the ability to locate an individual and for them to alert you if they are in trouble. In these situations, the mobile phone GSM network is often insufficient, whether through failure, or because the individual finds themselves out of signal range - it's estimated that up to 85% of the globe does not have GSM coverage. The only way critical communication can then be achieved is through a reliable satellite network.
"Previously, this type of technology has only been available to large organisations or the very wealthy. Now, for the first time, friends, family or small employers can access a simple, flexible service, providing them with communication, location and emergency beacon capability using satellites. Few people realise that satellite text messaging can be cheaper than sending an SMS while on roaming. This is groundbreaking."
Individuals using Solo have access to Track24's state-of-the-art tracking platform - the Solo Viewer via the world's smallest, satellite-based, handheld personal tracking device, the PackMaster Lo-Pro (left). The device sends GPS information to the Iridium satellite network which is then transmitted into the cloud-based Solo tracking software. The user then logs into their account and is able to track and communicate with the person using the device via a graphical user interface.
“Iridium is the world’s farthest reaching satellite network,” says Patrick Shay, Iridium’s vice president and general manager, data services. “Iridium’s reliable two-way, low-latency data links provide a standardised tracking and messaging solution that works anywhere in the world.
“This significant partnership with Track24 Solo will further accelerate Iridium’s rapid growth in the emerging market of personal satellite tracking and messaging devices, enabled by our new-generation Iridium 9602 embedded short-burst data transceiver.”
Users can select 3, 6 or 12-month contracts. The PackMaster Lo-Pro along with the monthly price plan can be purchased from the company website using a credit or debit card.
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About Track24 Solo
Track24 Solo is a subsidiary of Track24. Track24 is the leading global provider of security tracking and crisis management solutions, providing tracking hardware and software to enable organisations to track personnel, vehicles, aircraft and maritime vessels. At any given time the company facilitates the tracking and management of thousands of people across 40 countries.
Track24 Solo is designed to be a simple, affordable solution for small businesses and individuals.
For more information please visit: www.track24solo.com
About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium Communications Inc. (www.iridium.com) is the only mobile satellite service (MSS) company offering coverage over the entire globe. The Iridium constellation of low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites provides critical voice and data services for areas not served by terrestrial communication networks. Iridium serves commercial markets through a worldwide network of distributors, and provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. and international government agencies. The company’s customers represent a broad spectrum of industry, including maritime, aeronautical, government/defense, public safety, utilities, oil/gas, mining, forestry, heavy equipment and transportation. Iridium has launched a major development program for its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The company is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A. and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock), IRDMW ($7.00 warrants), IRDMZ ($11.50 warrants) and IRDMU (units).