Communication device which connects to your smartphone, enabling you to use your phone when out of signal of standard networks all around the globe.
Unparalleled Connectivity Using the Iridium Network
Iridium is a global satellite communications company. With
its constellation of satellites, it provides access to voice and data services
anywhere on Earth. Connecting people and devices in the world’s most remote
The SATcase device can be used as a hotspot for your mobile phone to connect to the Iridium network or used independently to contact pre-loaded numbers and make SOS calls. With geolocation users have more security that they can be found and rescued in emergency situations.
IDC’s process is defined by creating flawlessly functional
products. The process starts with sketch exploration quickly ideating and
building a picture of the device to move forward.
The ideas generated are validated and tested using our in-house modelling workshop. This ensures the best direction is taken at each step of the process. IDC collaborated with an external electronic engineering team to produce custom componentry giving more control over the design.
SATcase was intended to be the first satellite phone on the
Iridium network with an integrated antenna without the user needing to extend
Integrating the antenna came with problems for IDC to
solve. These antennas produce radiation due to their high-power output. Specific absorption rate (SAR) testing was needed to ensure user safety given the proximity of their head to the antenna. Test rigs were produced to adjust both proximity and material properties to find a balance of product size, performance and safety. Performance testing of the antenna was carried out in an anechoic chamber prior to real world calls.
Our involvement in developing SATcase: