DeLorme Named a CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for inReach™
-- Device is First-to-Market with Affordable, Two-Way Global Satellite Messaging
YARMOUTH, Maine -- November 8, 2011 -- DeLorme today announced that it has been named an International CES
Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its newest breakthrough product, the inReach™ Satellite
Communicator. Products considered for this prestigious honor are judged by a panel of independent industrial
designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer
electronics products across 32 categories.
inReach is DeLorme's new personal communication device that offers, for the first time, affordable, two-way
satellite messaging and SOS emergency communications from anywhere in the world through the Iridium network.
Retail availability is expected in late November. At $249, inReach can serve as a standalone device, allowing
pre-programmed messages and SOS alerts to be sent via the device's pushbutton interface, with confirmation of
delivery. Remote tracking can also be activated. When paired with an Android phone or DeLorme's Earthmate PN-60w
GPS, the inReach enables two-way messaging and interactive SOS functionality.
"We are thrilled to receive such a prestigious accolade among our industry," said Jim Skillings, DeLorme Vice
President for Commercial Products. "inReach represents a game changer in the outdoor communication market and
dramatically expands what's possible for recreation and professional endeavors in remote or high risk
Messages are relayed by inReach to and from Iridium satellites, which make up the world's
furthest-reaching network. The inReach is built around the Iridium 9602 short-burst data transceiver, enabling its
global, two-way connectivity.
"This CES award is yet another validation of the building anticipation around
this differentiated product's commercial availability," said Patrick Shay, Iridium vice president and general
manager for data services. "The inReach is a terrific example of the Iridium partner ecosystem now extending
satellite connectivity through Android smartphone technology. The inReach is well-poised for market demand thanks
to its attractive pricing, and its two-way, global messaging and data connectivity never before available to the
The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics
Association® (CEA), producer of the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. Products
chosen as Innovations honorees reflect the best in innovative design and engineering of the entries. Honorees
reflect the first time various technologies are combined in a single product as well as dramatic enhancements to
previous product designs. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single
product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.
inReach has also received other prestigious
accolades, including National Geographic Adventure Fall-Winter Gear of the Year honoree, and from the 2011 Outdoor
Retailer Summer Market trade show, Outside Magazine Gear of the Show and GearJunkie Best of Show.
inReach will be displayed at the 2012 International CES from January 10-13, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Honoree
products will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: the Official Press Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m.
on Sunday, January 8, in the Venetian Ballroom of the Venetian. In addition, all honoree products are featured on
About DeLorme DeLorme is the longtime leader in
innovative mapping and GPS solutions for commercial and government markets. Based in Yarmouth, ME, DeLorme offers
a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software
development, and integration with GPS. The ability to develop all the critical components necessary to compete in
the fast-changing navigation world provides a distinct competitive advantage. DeLorme is one of a handful of
mapmakers that still own and produce their own map content, and the company has received several prestigious
awards in recent times for its innovative GPS mapping solutions that integrate satellite communications, serving
both commercial and government needs. To learn more, please visit
About Iridium Communications Inc.
Iridium (www.iridium.com) 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.