Thursday, May 11, 2017

Another World First for Beam Communications

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 12 May 2017:  Beam Communications Pty Ltd (Beam), a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WWR), has designed, developed and manufactured the world’s first Satellite and LTE Wi-Fi hotspot product under an OEM arrangement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company of Dubai (Thuraya).

Thuraya publicly launched the innovative new terminal, known as the Thuraya WE, at the 2017 Thuraya Partner Conference in Dubai in April.  The product is the world’s first all-in-one dual mode Satellite and LTE portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
 
Thuraya WE
The terminal will enable users to access satellite internet at speeds up to 384kbps, as well as LTE speeds in the Megabits per second when used in Cellular LTE mode, which is auto-selected by the terminal when that service is available. “This is an exciting new product, the first Hotspot to offer the embedded dual mode functionality, and it’s a demonstration of Beam’s continuous focus on innovation.” said Michael Capocchi, President of Beam.

Beam also developed a dedicated Thuraya WE App, for both iOS and Android devices that will enable simple and easy access to worldwide voice calls and SMS services, along with the use of all applications on a smart phone, tablet or desktop. This includes full support of services such as i-message®, Skype®, WhatsApp®, Viber®, YouTube, WeChat®, email services and any other internet-accessible content for up to 10 users simultaneously via a simple Wi-Fi connection.

The terminal will also facilitate seamless roaming by Thuraya customers, from satellite to terrestrial LTE services via either a Thuraya SIM card or a standard GSM SIM card, enabling users to utilize the best option available.

Thuraya has agreements with more than 395 GSM cellular roaming partners, particularly in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia that enable roaming from the cellular service across to the satellite service on the same SIM card. This will optimize the appeal of the Thuraya WE Hotspot, and early indications of likely demand have been very encouraging.

“The timely delivery of the Thuraya WE is a great achievement and demonstrates Beam’s focus on technology development while fulfilling the growing needs of major satellite operators and customers.” said Davide Carpegna, VP of Product and Business Development at Beam.


Beam will release early units for demonstrations and marketing activities soon, with the Thuraya WE commercial units available from Thuraya in the second half of 2017.  

The Thuraya WE product launch video, available here.
http://www.worldreach.com.au/we_video
 
Media Contact
Davide Carpegna
Ph:  +44 208 144 1405
Email:  media@beamcommunications.com


About Beam Communications Pty Ltd
Beam Communications Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX:WRR). Beam Communications designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of Thuraya, Iridium & Inmarsat Satellite voice, data, tracking terminals and accessories for the global telecommunications market. Beam is a strategic partner to three of the four major Mobile Satellite Service operators and has an extensive global network of partner’s reselling solutions that are deployed into a wide range of vertical markets including Maritime, Transport, Government, Defence, Mining, Global Traveler, Construction, Forestry, Emergency Services, Relief Aid, Telemetry and Rural Telephony. For more information, visit www.beamcommunications.com

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provides ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivery of the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. For more information, visit www.thuraya.com

About World Reach Limited

World Reach Limited is an Australian publicly listed company (ASX:WRR) with strategic ownership of companies involved in the design, manufacture and distribution of equipment, applications and services for the global needs of Information Communication & Technology markets. For more information, visit www.worldreach.com.au  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Beam transforms customer web experience with launch of clear and detailed website

Beam Communications, has launched a new website that will give customers a complete company toolkit at their fingertips. The website is simple to navigate and is rich in information and resources, enabling customers to access Beam’s entire product and service offering.

“We have transformed the website experience for our customers,” explains Michael Capocchi, President & CEO of Beam Communications. “Our company website is critically important. Effectively, it is our shop window, and we wanted to make sure that no matter who visits, they can find what they are looking for quickly and easily.”

The new website contains a wealth of information on Beam’s products, services and how to buy them, as well as information on the design process, news and the philosophy behind the company. Customers can readily access Beam’s customer support at any time through the website and can also access information on product service and warranty.  

The re-development of the website is a reflection of Beam’s position in the global satellite communications market. The company has grown from the developer of a satellite terminal for a local service provider, to a highly respected Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) working with the biggest names in the MSS industry.
Today, Beam is recognised as an innovator and developer of products that have an impact on society. Used in the most remote and hostile places on the planet, the company’s creativity and technological expertise, enables it to solve some of the most challenging communications problems.
“It is vitally important that Beam can reach out to our growing global customer base and to our valued resellers,” continues Capocchi. “The website allows us to do this in a very efficient way. Beam places great emphasis on our customer relationships, many of which have developed over years of business together. We also look forward to introducing new companies to our products and services. Through our website, we can be even more efficient and continue to provide the highest quality service to all of our customers, no matter where in the world they are.”

Sunday, February 21, 2016

TELSTRA STARTS SELLING IRIDIUM GO!® NATIONALLY


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, www.satphoneshop.com.

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.