The ProTECTS (Promotion of Two-way Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems) Alliance will hold its first organizational meeting January 22, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz., coinciding with the annual Iridium Communications Inc. Partners Conference.
Iridium Satellite LLC is joining with mobile satellite industry companies and the emergency response community to form the ProTECTS (Promotion of Two-way Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems) Alliance. The primary goal of the alliance is to foster the rapid and orderly adoption of portable, two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies. The alliance will provide a forum for addressing issues affecting the suppliers and users of these vital safety devices. It also will seek to foster the development and deployment of bi-directional satellite data solutions meeting the requirements of the growing population of government and business organizations using portable tracking devices, as well as the public-safety community.