Satellite Communications Keep You Talking
Venturing into remote areas for work or play can be hazardous, and in order to stay safe, you need to stay connected. Remote areas may have little to no cellular connectivity and often lack any two-way radio infrastructure, meaning that a satellite communications device is the only tool that will keep you talking. However, one question remains:
How do I choose a satellite communications device?
We have come up with three categories to help you decide. Check them out below.
The amount of satellite products on the market can make it hard to choose a device that meets your needs, budget and application. To help you decide, we have come up with three categories for satellite communications products based on function and cost:
1.) Satellite Text and Emergency Alert Devices
Equipment Pricing: $
Service Pricing: $ – $$
You’re concerned about wilderness safety, as well as your budget. You want the ability to check-in at home, or call for help if you need it.
Satellite text messaging devices, such as the inReach communicator, are the most affordable satellite communications tools available for the average consumer. For a small monthly fee, they let you send and receive text messages, enable GPS tracking or send an S.O.S. to alert search and rescue from almost anywhere in the world.
2.) Satellite Voice and Low-Speed Data Devices
Equipment Pricing: $$ – $$$
Service Pricing: $$ – $$$
You’re working or traveling in areas with limited connectivity, or you need reliable back up communications for emergency preparedness. You want to communicate directly with people over the phone and feel that satellite voice is the ideal solution.
Satellite phones offer voice communications and low-speed data functions, such as email and text messaging. Some are handheld devices, designed for easy portability, while others are designed for fixed installations. Mobile devices are also available for vehicles. They provide communications and GPS tracking while on the move.
2.) Satellite Voice and High-Speed Internet Devices
Equipment Pricing: $$$ – $$$$
Service Pricing: $$$ – $$$$
You’re going remote and need office-like connectivity to get your work done.
High-speed satellite internet devices, such as BGAN terminals, let you set up a remote office in minutes, with access to telephone, high-speed internet, live video streaming, and wi-fi capabilities all from one device.
Terminals come in different variations that can support single users or small teams. Some are portable, about the size of a laptop, while others are mobile, with tracking antennas that provide in-vehicle connectivity while on the move.