AST, a full service satellite solutions company and Tier 1 provider of all MSS airtime and hardware covering the 5 major continents, is pleased to be working with SRI International, (SRI), to provide Iridium communications throughout the Arctic.
Iridium OpenPort provides vital, always-available connectivity, for safety of life purposes, tracking and also allows for improved project logistics. Iridium OpenPort is primarily used on ice cap traverses, field stations, unmanned sites and on ice breakers, but is also used at remote fixed sites.
SRI has also deployed Iridium OpenPort on U.S. Coast Guard Ice Breakers for communications when positioned at the high latitudes. Besides general communication needs, Iridium OpenPort supports retrieval of ice coverage maps so as to avoid the ice flows and ensure ship and crew safety.
AST also provide valuable satellite IP traffic management and control services via their Point of Presence, (POP), with automated alerting systems to ensure that unwanted Iridium OpenPort traffic is filtered via a bespoke firewall, notifying customers of any issues with potential errant usage.
SRI is one of four partners in CH2M Hill Polar Services (CPS), the Arctic Logistics Support Contractor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is responsible for all areas of computing and communications, issuing of satellite phones and data equipment to individual researchers to maintain the vital backbone communications at research stations (e.g. the Summit Station in Greenland).