Iridium optimising live video over Iridium Certus® with AnsuR Technologies

Source: press release, 9 March 2022

Screenshot of live, on the move, 1080 HD video footage over the Iridium network in real-time utilising AnsuR Technologies’ video software solution
Screenshot of live, on the move, 1080 HD video footage over the Iridium network in real-time utilising AnsuR Technologies’ video software solution (illustration: AnsuR Technologies)

Iridium Communications Inc. has announced the addition of AnsuR Technologies as a Value-Added Developer (VAD) providing optimised video software solutions for use over the Iridium Certus service. AnsuR’s video compression software can deliver high-precision, geo-tagged live action video content with up to 99% less bandwidth than traditional methods.

This application supports the Iridium® network’s ability to deliver high-precision mission-critical communications anywhere on the planet and provides another state-of-the-art capability over its powerful Iridium Certus terminals for its customers, including emergency responders, global militaries, NGOs, and businesses.

Iridium and AnsuR first demonstrated this capability during Operation Arctic Lynx (OAL), an internationally coordinated field demonstration of Iridium and Iridium Connected® technology in the polar regions. AnsuR software enabled the provision of rapid situational awareness and mission-critical photos and video delivery over the Iridium network. Driving through heavy fog and rainfall above the Arctic circle in Utqiagvik, Alaska, the team transmitted live on-the-move 1080 HD video footage over the Iridium network in real-time utilising AnsuR’s ASMIRA application. The video was filmed using a commercial-off-the-shelf camera attached to the vehicle, sent over an Iridium Certus Connected® Thales MissionLINK™ 700 terminal and then viewed by team members over multiple IP-connected networks around the world.

“Using AnsuR’s photo and video compression technology to send high precision and quality media while optimising bandwidth use and focusing on what is operationally relevant over the Iridium network has already proven to be a gamechanger,” says Scott Scheimreif, Executive Vice President of Government Programs, Iridium. “Live video delivered on Iridium’s L-band network is creating a new standard for reliability and certainty and should be considered as a new necessity of any communications PACE plan.”

“Visual information is vital for situational awareness. The demand for high quality, low-bandwidth real-time video transmission, along with cost and bandwidth efficient image transfer, is rising, strengthening our commitment to developing great software products that deliver immediate impact,” says Paul Gudonis, CEO, AnsuR.

Harald Skinnemoen, AnsuR’s Founder and CTIO, adds, “We are delighted to join Iridium as a Value-Added Developer. Working with Iridium and partnering with their distribution channel will enable our software to reach more customers operating in dynamic and complex environments to aid the decision-making process and overall mission success.”

Iridium Certus terminals are enabled by the Iridium satellite constellation, which provides a web of coverage around the entire planet. The constellation delivers low-latency satellite connectivity through small form factor equipment, making it ideal for applications requiring mobility. Its L-band spectrum offers a weather-resilient and highly reliable signal, helping to ensure the delivery of mission critical communications.