Sunday, February 21, 2016


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 11 February 2016: Beam Communications has today announced Telstra will sell the innovative Iridium GO!® nationally from today.

Beam Communications, a wholly own subsidiary of ASX listed World Reach Limited (ASX: WWR), designed and manufactures the product under an OEM arrangement for Iridium Communications Inc.

Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, the Iridium GO!® is a compact, rugged and portable device that provides global voice calling and SMS solutions and enhanced messaging and email  capabilities through optimised apps for any Android or iOS device,” Beam Communications CEO Michael Capocchi said.

“A major benefit of the Australian designed Iridium GO!® is it enables satellite connectivity to the Iridium satellite network for mobile devices where terrestrial networks do not provide coverage or when they may become unavailable. ” Mr Capocchi said.

“Simply flip up the integrated antenna and the battery-powered unit connects quickly and automatically to the Iridium low-Earth orbit satellite constellation to extend the functionality of the mobile devices. It’s possible to connect and operate up to five devices within this area using the Iridium GO!® application on each device, “ he said.

Iridium GO!® supports a range of global communications, including: voice calling, SMS, email, social networking, photo sharing and SOS Alert and Tracking capabilities.
Iridium GO! App - iOS
“I like how the Iridium GO!® can be taken anywhere.” Said Rick O’Brien from the Offroad Adventure Show.  “It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and, like other Iridium devices, ruggedized to withstand rain, sand, dust and rough use. It can be carried, easily stowed in a backpack or mounted in vehicles and for use in possibly any mobile applications.”

Iridium GO!® with a Telstra Mobile Satellite service package is available now at Telstra retailers nationally and through the World Reach subsidiary, online satellite phone sales business, SatPhone Shop,

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Iridium Appoints Beam Go-to-Market Partners for Iridium® Push-to-Talk

Melbourne, Australia, July 1, 2015 -- Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited an Australian publicly listed company (ASX: WRR) has been appointed an official Service Provider for the Iridium® Push-to-Talk.

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) today announced the initial service providers for the Iridium Push-to-Talk (PTT) solution. Iridium PTT is the world’s first global, satellite-based push-to-talk service, enabling instant communication between participants located anywhere on earth. Iridium PTT provides a fast, simple, and global service making the Iridium network available to tens, or tens of thousands of devices with the push of a single button.

Iridium PTT is comprised of three components that work seamlessly to provide a ubiquitous solution globally: the Iridium PTT service delivered through the Iridium Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation; the Iridium Command Center, the cloud-based management system where all radios and talkgroups are managed; and the Iridium PTT radios, including both the Iridium Extreme® PTT as well as other satellite or hybrid PTT devices or accessories that may be developed to further expand enterprise applications for Iridium PTT.

The Iridium PTT Command Center is the first ever cloud-based customer management system for satellite-based push-to-talk solutions. The Command Center gives organizations the ability to easily manage and define the geographic coverage for each needed talkgroup. The coverage areas are created using a graphical map interface fueled by Google Maps. Through the Command Center, administrators can quickly and easily define which devices/users are members of specific talkgroups and how many talkgroups are needed. As situations evolve, managers are able to make changes to groups dynamically, and these are carried out over-the-air to Iridium PTT devices within seconds.

Iridium PTT, like most commercial and private trunked radio services solutions, uses half-duplex communication, like a walkie-talkie, where one party talks to other participants in a group who serve as listeners. The coverage provided by the Iridium satellite network, as well as advanced security and features, elevates this service far above and beyond what is currently offered today.

Iridium PTT works with Iridium’s existing constellation and is compatible with Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation, which is scheduled to begin launching in late 2015 and to be completed in late 2017.

The Iridium® Push-to-Talk service will be promoted and sold by Beam to both direct and indirect customers within Australia.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Inmarsat approves worlds first IsatDock2 for IsatPhone 2 by BEAM

Melbourne, Australia, November 3rd, 2014 Beam Communications Pty. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR) announces that they have received Inmarsat approval for its range of BEAM IsatDock2 docking stations for the recently released Inmarsat IsatPhone satellite handset.

This additional docking station development further enhances BEAM’s position providing one of the broadest range of satellite equipment in the marketplace.  This new range of docking solutions enables the use of satellite handsets to be extended to applications where normal handheld services are limited or impractical.

The four docking stations are for maritime, vehicular, in-building as well as a low cost universal solution.

The IsatDock2 docking stations will commence commercial shipments from BEAM before the end of 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Complete Satcomms Solution

Ipswich, United Kingdom – 30 January 2014 – Two10degrees, a leading supplier of satellite tracking and communication solutions, today announced that its Global Alerting Platform (GAP) has been selected by Beam Communications to power their new Beam Tracking Portal (BTP).
GAP is a global messaging platform that provides software and services for lone worker protection, machine to machine communication, text messaging and track and trace. With support for an ever expanding range of satellite devices, GAP now integrates Beam’s most popular products including the IsatDock’s, Oceana 800, IridiTRAK terminals and the Iridium Extreme & 9555 Docking Stations.
Powered by GAP, the new Beam Tracking Portal comes with a rich set of web applications for use in a wide range of scenarios from personal tracking, telemetry, lone worker monitoring and integration with search and rescue authorities. The services extend to the world’s most remote and inhospitable regions, enabling communication and emergency alerting anywhere on Earth.

Davide Carpegna, Regional Director at Beam Communications commented, “We believe the combination of two10degrees’ software expertise with Beam's extensive product range and distribution network provides a complete solution and offering to the market.”
The partnership between Beam and two10degrees enhances their offering to the market through having a suite of dedicated products that will work out-of-the-box with an integrated tracking portal. With vast industry experience and knowledge, BEAM and two10degrees will together support the growing global demand for satcomms products and services.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen by Beam to support their Beam Tracking Portal, and excited about the future prospects our partnership will bring.” said Richard Prodger, CEO at two10degrees.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Beam DriveDOCK Extreme provides peace of mind for emergency services in remote communities

Melbourne, Australia, July 5, 2013 -- Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), provides reliable communications for emergency services in remote communities.

Australia is known for its vast land where approximately 85% of the country is considered remote and about 2.3% of the population live in remote areas. Communication has a significant impact on the population living in these communities and it is important that when natural disasters and accidents occur, emergency services can be contacted for assistance.

Michael Selfe, a local worker in far north Queensland for emergency services know that there are high risks involved living in isolated geographic locations from the impact of natural disasters and accidents occurring. He experiences firsthand how crucial it is to have reliable and efficient communication at all times and in his case satellite connection is the only option.

Be in touch at all times

Installed in Michael’s vehicle is a Beam DriveDOCK unit which provides everything you need to operate an Iridium Extreme® handset featuring handsfree voice, Bluetooth and tracking.

“Working in emergency services, I require a phone connection that is dependable and easy to use, it is not uncommon for me to travel 4-5 hours one way before turning back home. It is imperative that I stay connected, and during times when I’m away from family, it’s nice to remain in contact. Whether I use it for work, recreational or personal, it’s there for the peace of mind.” says Michael.

“A major part of my daily activity consists of being behind the wheel and traveling long distances, so having the Beam DriveDOCK allows me to make and receive calls handsfree. I have used the Iridium Extreme handset numerous times and it works better than I expected. Out here, you want to make sure that calls don’t drop out that often, I find that the usability, ease of functionality and ruggedness is exactly what I was looking for.”

Beam is a strategic manufacturer of both Inmarsat and Iridium satellite docking stations for the Iridium® 9555, Iridium Extreme, and the Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro satellite telephones.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Melbourne, Australia, June 3, 2013 -- Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announced today that its core range of Iridium® satellite products has received regulatory type approvals (homologation) in Russia.

Following the recent launch of services into Russia by OOO Iridium Communications ("Iridium Russia"), Beam is the first to support Iridium’s efforts in this new and emerging market by certifying its core range of Iridium docking, modem, tracking and antenna solutions.

Russian authorities require all the equipment sold in Russia to be tested and issued official approvals that allow the equipment to be legally imported and to be used in the country.

"The combination of Beam products and the Iridium service offering now available in Russia provides a wide range of solutions for voice, data and tracking needs to be effectively serviced by the strategic partners appointed in Russia that will have access to Beam’s extensive product portfolio." said Michael Capocchi, Managing Director of Beam Communications.

"Russia has the same demands for communications as the rest of the world, only on a scale far greater than for any other individual country given the many remote areas and gaps in terrestrial coverage. Iridium provides the only satellite handset that works in every square mile of the territory of Russia – something that no other satellite company offers," said Dan Mercer, Iridium Vice President & General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia. "Beam’s proven portfolio of products, built on the global reach of the Iridium network, is uniquely positioned to address the country's communications challenges and meet strong customer demand throughout Russia."

Beam is a strategic Value Added Manufacturer of Iridium, specializing in voice, data and tracking terminals as well as satellite docking stations for the Iridium 9555 and Iridium Extreme handheld satellite devices.

Reliable Mobile Communications Do Matter

Australia is widely known for its vast land mass, where approximately 85 percent of the country is considered to be “remote.” These areas have no mobile phone service and poor UHF and HF radio service during the daylight hours. When an emergency occurs, the most reliable communicate is over satellite—satellite communications are a lifesaver for those living or traveling in these vast remote areas.

Australia suffers through many natural disasters each year. Bushfires, cyclones, floods—disasters can strike at any moment at any location and have a huge impact on the environment and the people. Emergency services and rescue teams are always on alert and ready to quickly respond to any disaster. In an emergency, the team depends on the reliability of their communication be such voice or data, to alert authorities, contact loved, ones, coordinate rescue teams, and to facilitate the response that is required.

However, in a majority of cases, either the terrestrial communication is damaged or congested, or the emergency is in locations where terrestrial communication are non-existent, such as at sea or in truly remote areas.

Satellite communication (SATCOM) is the perfect option being, as it is, unaffected by terrestrial issues, all the while offering global connectivity. Nevertheless, the satellite user equipment and solutions must meet specific requirements to accommodate the needs required.

Emergency Communication
Disaster situations have two categorizations: The emergency and the recovery. Emergency solutions are designed to prevent or alleviate dangerous and life threatening situations by alerting authorities or rescue teams as quickly as possible. Should a vehicle be traveling in a remote area suddenly break down, SATCOM enables the operator of the vehicle to send a message or a call for assistance.

Piracy at sea is an emergency scenario wherein Beam Communication solutions can make a real difference for those involved. In case of attacks from pirates, the ship’s crew can send an Alert message to the authorities. The covert nature of the Beam solutions also makes it difficult for the pirates to notice the equipment, which is then less likely to be destroyed by the attackers. This is an example of how an emergency communication solution can be matched to very specific environmental and user requirements.

Recovery Communication
The recovery phase focuses on a quick deployment of resources to reach an affected area.

The solution must be portable and able to handle rugged environments. The rescue team should be able to easily carry the equipment to the disaster zone and the complete solution is packaged in a robust, transportable case. Another requirement is ease of deployment and use. The emergency team is able to deploy the equipment quickly to create a local network for data communication or for deployment for voice transmissions. In minutes, they need to be able to start transmissions, as being able to respond quickly is critical and can save lives.

PeterssonFig2 For both cases of emergency and disaster recovery, a common denominator is the reliability of the equipment. Any solution must work correctly when it is needed and must continue to viably operate throughout the duration of the emergency.

Queensland Emergency Ops
Queensland Emergency Services deals with rescue and recovery from the occasional floods and cyclones that strike Australia every year. For example, there are huge areas of desert around geological centers in Queensland that attract many travelers and adventurers—many arrive at these locations totally unprepared for, and unaware of, the dangers that can suddenly occur in these terrains.

Mick Selfe, who works for the emergency services, is faced with such disasters on a regular basis. He has installed a Beam DriveDOCK docking station and an Iridium 9575 in his vehicle as tried and true safety measures. He relies on Iridium 9575’s safety features to communicate with other emergency services and rescue teams when they are needed.

PeterssonFig3 Royal Flying Doctors’ Service
The Royal Flying Doctors (RFDS), New South Wales, takes care to the furthest reaches of Australia. Anyone who lives, works or travels in remote and rural Australia can enjoy the best of health, thanks to this service’s use of the latest aviation advances, medical and communications technology.

Services are delivered by dedicated teams of professionals with 24-hour emergency services as well as everyday essential health care.

The Royal Flying Doctor’s Service is a not-for-profit organization and is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia, State and Territory governments, and also receives generous donations from corporations and the communities they serve.

There are four operating sections that provide the remote and clinical services across the country. RFDS operational bases and health facilities form a strategic network that delivers effective health care via a range of staff that includes management, medical practitioners, women’s health doctors, registered nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, allied health professionals, pilots and administration officers in is mission to improve the health of the nation.

PeterssonFig4 RFDS installed Beam’s satellite equipment on their planes a few years ago. The RemoteSAT unit is installed in the plane’s cabin and uses standard telephone handsets to provide reliable communications, whether on the ground or in the air.

This direct communication feed helps doctors maintain those vital contacts when transferring a patient from a remote location or a disaster and moving the casualty to a surgery or hospital for urgent medical attention.

IT Manager Gary Oldman said, “This is, by far, the best communications system we have tested. Having the quality of coverage is making it much safer and easier for our doctors and patients”

Just for Kids Children Charity is a registered organization with a focus on assisting disabled and disadvantaged children and affording them a true adventure. The organization travels extensively to remote areas where there is no phone service. Satellite communication is a lifesaver when something goes wrong.

“One fundraiser event to the geological center in Australia (Lamberts) saw us break two springs in our food wagon that was crossing from Cameron Corner to the Strzelecki Track, an extremely remote location in the middle of the desert, delaying our arrival at Arkaroola for the night,”  said Mark Louez, Director of Just4kids Motortrails.

PeterssonFig5 “One hundred people had to be fed,” he continued, “and a quick Iridium call to the chef at Arkaroola Village, some 400km away in South Australia, and a meal was prepared for all of our personnel that very evening. We were also able to call our spring manufacturer in Queensland to make arrangements for a new set of springs to be sent to Alice Springs.”

Just4kids Motortrails uses Beam’s PotsDock 9555, which is mounted inside the car with a privacy handset. The Iridium 9555 handset fits securely into the docking station which also features phone charging, RJ11/Pots, GPS, tracking, Bluetooth, and so on.

The alert and tracking module can be configured to support periodic polling as well as emergency alert reporting.