Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 - ZOLEO Inc.

MELBOURNE, <January 29, 2020> – ZOLEO Inc., an emerging global messaging solutions company, today announced the immediate availability of ZOLEO™ – the world’s first truly seamless global messaging and personal safety solution for smartphone users – in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

 

The flagship product, which is designed and developed by ASX-listed Beam Communications Holdings Limited (ASX: BCC) and offered through its joint venture with Canadian-based Roadpost Inc., is the first messaging solution of its kind based on Iridium® Short Burst Data® (SBD®), cellular and Wi-Fi standards.

 

The compact ZOLEO device connects via Bluetooth® with a free app on the user’s Android® or Apple® smartphone/tablet, to provide a uniquely seamless global messaging experience that follows them in and out of mobile coverage.

 

Personal safety features like check-in, weather forecasts, and 24/7 worldwide SOS alerts offer extra peace-of-mind when venturing off-the-grid. Users also receive a dedicated SMS number and ZOLEO email address.

 

“Until now, no company in the mobile satellite sector has conquered what is arguably the ‘killer app’ of the smartphone age – messaging,” explains Morris Shawn, President of ZOLEO Inc. and Roadpost Inc.

“ZOLEO’s messaging capability reflects a deep integration of capabilities between the user’s smartphone, the ZOLEO mobile app, the ZOLEO device and a sophisticated back end messaging infrastructure.

 

Aimed at anyone who lives in rural or remote locations or who travels out of mobile coverage for work or recreation, ZOLEO extends the user’s smartphone coverage to everywhere and seamlessly routes messages over the lowest cost network available.

 

ZOLEO Global Satellite Communicator

When users travel beyond mobile coverage, the ZOLEO device connects with the free app on their phone/tablet, allowing the user to send/receive messages anywhere on earth via the Iridium satellite network, which provides complete coverage of the globe through 66 interlinked low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites.  Uniquely, when users are within mobile coverage the ZOLEO app seamlessly delivers messages over cellular or Wi-Fi.

 

“These messaging features, along with SOS alerting and GPS location reporting, make the ZOLEO messaging experience far more seamless and familiar than anything on the market today,” says Michael Capocchi, Vice President of ZOLEO Inc. and Managing Director of Beam.

 

Unique Capabilities

ZOLEO gives rise to new two-way messaging capabilities not currently offered by other satellite communicators, which include:

 

  • A dedicated SMS number and email address that makes it easy for contacts to reach you, as opposed to having to wait for a message from you to which they can reply.
  • A familiar, easy-to-use messaging experience for smartphone users.
  • An app that seamlessly transitions between Wi-Fi, cellular and SBD over the Iridium satellite network (users do not need a ZOLEO device to send and receive messages if they are connected to the Internet).
  • Ability to send long messages of 950 characters or more, as opposed the 160-character text/SMS message limit associated with other satellite messaging devices.

SOS alerts and check-in can be sent via the mobile app or directly through built-in buttons on the device. SOS alerts are sent to GEOS, a professional 24/7 emergency monitoring and dispatch service that is included with the monthly ZOLEO subscription. SOS messages are transmitted via the Iridium network, and app users can exchange updates with GEOS throughout their emergency. To access the Iridium satellite network, the ZOLEO device requires a monthly airtime subscription. For more details visit zoleo.com/plans.

 

The ZOLEO satellite communicator is compact, lightweight and provides over 200 hours of battery life. It is designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -20°C to 55°C, is shock-resistant and features the world’s first IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. Compatible accessories enable it to be worn on a belt, tethered to a backpack or mounted in a vehicle, vessel or cabin. These features make ZOLEO a reliable global messaging and personal safety companion for users under virtually any conditions.

 

“Satellite mobile messaging solutions are an increasingly popular means of staying connected when off the grid,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium.

 

“The ZOLEO device is a great example of two Iridium partners coming together, taking Iridium core technology, and building a unique solution that will automatically transition from local cellular connectivity to satellite connectivity when needed.”

 

ZOLEO aims to be the value leader in its category with an MSRP of A$345, and monthly satellite messaging plans ranging from A$32 to A$80 for an unlimited usage plan. All ZOLEO plans include the option to suspend service temporarily when not in use. To learn more, visit: www.zoleo.com.

 

Available now, the ZOLEO satellite communicator can be purchased from authorised retailers in the United States, Canada and Australia, with other regions to follow. Australian consumers can purchase the device at SatPhone Shop (https://satphoneshop.com/), Telstra’s largest mobile satellite dealer.

 

To date, around 20 retailers across Australia and New Zealand have registered their interest in selling ZOLEO.

 

Significant Market Appeal

Wireless services have become indispensable to most consumers, whether to stay connected with friends and family, or while working or on the move. Today’s consumers may have mobile coverage where they live, yet much of the world’s land mass and oceans are not covered by mobile networks. This represents a significant gap for mobile subscribers, and a significant opportunity for ZOLEO.

 

Development of the ZOLEO solution was based on thorough market research, including focus groups with target consumers that reside on the fringe of mobile coverage, outdoor enthusiasts and employers concerned with the safety of remote or lone workers. ZOLEO was specifically designed for messaging and SOS alerting with 96% of surveyed respondents rating the two features as the biggest reasons to purchase such a device.

 

“It took Beam less than two years to design and build ZOLEO. The quick turnaround reflects Beam’s long history of developing unique mobile satellite solutions to industry leading customers like Iridium, Telstra and Thuraya,” said Mr Capocchi.

 

“We are very pleased to have partnered with an established North American satellite equipment reseller like Roadpost to deliver a low-cost global solution with such mass appeal. We think ZOLEO will change the way consumers come to view satellite communications.”

                                                       

 

 

 

About ZOLEO Inc.

Formed in 2018 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ZOLEO Inc. is a joint venture between Beam Communication Pty. Ltd. and Roadpost Inc. that is pioneering the development of innovative lower cost, consumer-oriented global messaging solutions, including innovative wireless devices and apps based on Iridium short burst data (SBD), cellular and Wi-Fi standards. The company serves three primary markets including consumers residing on the fringe of cellular coverage, outdoor recreation and lone worker safety. Its products are offered through authorised retailers in the US, Canada and Australia. Roadpost is responsible for retail distribution in North America and Beam is responsible for the Asia Pacific region. Staged distribution in other regions will be jointly managed. For more information visit www.zoleo.com.

 

About Beam Communications

Beam Communications Holdings Limited is an Australian publicly-listed company (ASX:BCC) that specialises in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of satellite, cellular and dual-mode equipment, applications and services. Its products and services are adopted by some of the world’s largest satellite and telecommunications companies, such as Iridium, Telstra, KDDI, Inmarsat & Thuraya, to fill the global needs of Information Communication & Technology markets. Beam Communications Holdings Limited owns 100% of Beam Communications Pty Ltd and SatPhone Shop Pty Ltd www.satphoneshop.com. For more information, visit www.beamcommunications.com.

 

About Roadpost Inc.

Incorporated in 1991, Roadpost is a foremost provider of mobile satellite equipment and voice and data services from industry leaders including Iridium, Inmarsat and Garmin. More than 45,000 subscribers trust Roadpost to equip them with the most reliable and innovative communications solutions available, from private and public sector organizations that need to connect and protect employees at work, to outdoor enthusiasts who travel the backcountry. Based in Toronto (Canada) with an office in Seattle (USA), Roadpost distributes its products directly and through its extensive network of authorized dealers throughout North America. Roadpost is a registered trademark of Roadpost Inc. For more information visit www.roadpost.ca.

 

NOTICE: Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit use of satellite devices. It is your responsibility to know and comply with applicable laws in jurisdictions where you plan to use this device.

 

ZOLEO is a trademark of ZOLEO Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by ZOLEO Inc. is under license. Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance. Other brands, products, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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About ZOLEO Inc.

Formed in 2018 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, ZOLEO Inc. is a joint venture between Beam Communication Pty. Ltd. and Roadpost Inc. that is pioneering the development of innovative lower cost, consumer-oriented global messaging solutions, including innovative wireless devices and apps based on Iridium short burst data (SBD), cellular and Wi-Fi standards. The company serves three primary markets including consumers residing on the fringe of cellular coverage, outdoor recreation and lone worker safety. Its products are offered through authorised retailers in the US, Canada and Australia. Roadpost is responsible for retail distribution in North America and Beam is responsible for the Asia Pacific region. Staged distribution in other regions will be jointly managed. For more information visit www.zoleo.com.


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