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Skytrac Systems Ltd. has received operational beta-units of the new Iridium Certus 9770 transceiver. The new transceiver introduces a midband service class which will allow Skytrac’s development team to implement products and solutions for the aviation industry at speeds 35 times faster than its predecessor. The L-band speeds, ranging from 22 kilobits-per-second (Kbps) to 88 Kbps, will enable Skytrac to expand the reach of its satellite services to new markets and offer enriched connectivity and functionality for the growing aviation segment.
Skytrac’s current narrowband solutions and products can already produce highly effective and data-conscious connectivity. With a 35 times multiplier via the new midband service offerings, users will stand to benefit from richer data transfer speeds to align with increased demand due to advanced streaming and telemetry services. Skytrac has initiated development of a more robust suite of applications designed to leverage the increased speeds brought forward by the new Iridium Certus 9770 transceiver.
As the IoT market expands, new entrants and existing operators requiring satellite connectivity will demand more from their existing service providers. The Iridium Certus technology platform, launched in January 2019, offers the flexibility to scale device speeds, sizes, and power requirements bidirectionally based on the needs of the end-user.
IoT and small-form-factor transceiver data transfer rates were limited to 2.4 Kbps before the launch of the new transceiver. The launch of the Iridium Certus platform and new transceivers allows providers to leverage both narrowband, midband, and broadband speeds to align with operator and end-user requirements, an exciting shift for Skytrac’s full-service data-driven solutions to the aviation industry.