New Satellite Advantage in Blackline-Iridium Partnership
September 10, 2013
CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – Sept. 10, 2013) – Blackline GPS (TSX VENTURE:BLN) (“Blackline”), a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-technology safety solutions, has struck a strategic partnership agreement with leading satellite communications provider, Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM). Blackline already provides safety devices and web-enabled solutions to thousands of customers throughout North America. This affiliation will offer corporations the ability to expand their employee safety monitoring to anywhere on Earth. This fall Blackline will launch its Loner® 900 safety system that will include an employee-worn safety monitoring device plus a vehicle tracker and portable base station equipped with Iridium satellite communication.
“Companies today face the challenge of responding to the needs of field employees working in remote areas, beyond cellular networks,” says Cody Slater, CEO and Chairman of Blackline GPS. “Our new Iridium solution is the first purpose-built safety monitoring solution with satellite communications that will compete against existing user call-in systems and simple satellite trackers designed for backpackers. We believe that corporate leaders interested in the safety of their employees will be pleased to learn that there is a solution to man-down situations that can go unnoticed for several hours or longer. Blackline’s instant, automated and real-time safety alerting to monitoring personnel will empower a pin-point emergency response for both employees and safety supervisors.”
“Iridium believes the market for employee safety solutions where employees routinely work in isolated areas will continue to grow, and Blackline’s expertise in this area positions them well for success,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Iridium. “By offering a network that reaches the 90 percent of the world not covered by terrestrial services, our partnership ensures that Blackline can provide a truly global solution to its customers.”
Employees face the everyday risk of injury and health incidents while at work and industries that could benefit from this technological advancement include Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Utilities, and Transportation. To learn more about Blackline employee safety monitoring, visit www.blacklinesafety.com and follow Blackline on Twitter @blacklinegps.
About Iridium Communications Inc.: Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ever-expanding ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network – Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM. For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit www.iridium.com.
About Blackline: Blackline GPS is a wireless location leader that develops, manufactures, and markets products and services for worker safety monitoring, covert tracking, and consumer applications. Blackline solutions deliver safety, security, and location awareness through innovative wireless hardware and custom user interfaces, including web, mobile, messaging, and web services. Blackline’s vision is to become the leading supplier of wirelessly connected worker safety monitoring and covert tracking products in the world. Blackline products allow customers to protect their personnel and valued assets, share the conditions of their environment, and connect with emergency services when necessary. Blackline solutions Protect. Share. Connect.®
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