Combining Iridium Satellite Services with Dual-Mode Device Manufacturing Partner Digi International, KORE Delivers Worldwide M2M Connectivity
SAN DIEGO — CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS 2011 — October 12, 2011—KORE, the world's largest wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, today announced the commercial availability of KORE Global Connect™, an integrated worldwide M2M network delivering both cellular and satellite services. Complementing the extensive KORE cellular data network, the satellite services from Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) now enable truly ubiquitous global coverage, ensuring reliable connectivity for critical M2M applications regardless of their physical location.
Through the PRiSMPro™ management portal, KORE Global Connect provides M2M application providers with complete command of their M2M network and the devices that reside on it. KORE provides a single point of contact for billing, reporting, device management, troubleshooting and support. KORE Global Connect enables M2M application providers to more quickly activate and provision devices from any location, without the added costs or time-consuming management of international agreements.
"We are excited to see KORE adding global satellite services to its portfolio of M2M cellular services and look forward to the efficiencies gained by managing all of our KORE-related services via their business management platform, PRiSMPro," said Ed Kruft, vice president of sales and marketing for American Innovations, a leading industrial pipeline monitoring and high-value asset tracking company and KORE customer since 2005. "KORE's dedication to innovation and commitment to providing 100 percent global coverage, via cellular and now low-latency satellite, demonstrates its commitment to business partners such as American Innovations."
To deliver its M2M Global Connect services, KORE has partnered with leading satellite hardware and network services providers: Digi and Iridium. Digi's dual-mode hybrid devices enable connectivity to the cellular network and the Iridium satellite network. With its advanced networking infrastructure, KORE M2M satellite services can now reach remote areas with unmatched reliability, enabling devices to seamlessly transfer data between cellular and satellite connections.
"The M2M market has seen growing demand for wireless connectivity across the globe, including those remote areas that are not covered by cellular networks but are indeed covered by Iridium," said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. "We are excited about this partnership with KORE as it simplifies delivery of connectivity through a reliable, cost-effective application, across multiple geographies, and into new markets."
"The commitment that KORE has demonstrated to Status Awareness Systems throughout the development stage of our safety system has been fantastic and we are more than confident with their ability to provide 100 percent global coverage," said Stephen Sims, director, Status Awareness Systems, an innovative provider of motorsport safety applications. "International rally and racing events are not just held in metropolitan areas; often they are run in rugged terrain and regional areas without mobile or radio signals. Communication transmission failure is just not an option with our product, so with KORE we can work between satellite, radio and mobile communication interactively to improve the safety of drivers all over the world."
"With our recent market expansion through the acquisition of Mach Communications, our focus is providing customers with worldwide coverage and support. With the full availability of KORE Global Connect services, we are empowering M2M application providers with a true global M2M network, yet with one point of contact for all management and controls," said Alex Brisbourne, president and COO, KORE. "Partnering with industry leaders, Iridium and Digi will further ensure that KORE customers receive the most advanced M2M network services with the optimized functionality required to meet the needs of their business. KORE will continue to deliver the innovative network services that enable its customers to effectively expand operations to new markets."
KORE is demonstrating the power of its new KORE Global Connect services at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011, taking place October 11 - 13 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA in booth #535.
About the KORE Telematics
KORE Telematics is the world's largest wireless network provider specializing exclusively on the rapidly expanding global machine-to-machine (M2M) communications market. Providing unified control and management for cellular and satellite network service delivery in more than 170 countries worldwide, KORE empowers its application, hardware and wireless operator partners to efficiently deliver M2M solutions for connected devices across the globe. M2M applications in industries as diverse as healthcare, utilities, enterprise IT, transaction processing and fleet management rely on the KORE network to deliver operational efficiencies and cost-savings. KORE offers a range of technologies — including GSM, HSPA, CDMA and EV-DO, as well as satellite services — that ensure the greatest possible reliability and coverage. For more information, please visit www.koretelematics.com.
About Iridium Communications, Inc.
Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbols IRDM (common stock) and IRDMW ($7.00 warrants). For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.
Digi International is making wireless M2M easy by developing reliable products and solutions to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the Web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi's web site at www.digi.com.