OCENS Press Release: NEW OCENS OneMessage provides Private and Personal Messaging through Satellite

NEWS – For Immediate Release

OCENS Inc., Seattle WA
Media Contacts: Jeff Thomassen, 206.878.8270, jeff@ocens.com

NEW OCENS OneMessage provides Private and Personal Messaging through Satellite

OneMessage available now for iOS and Android smartphones & tablets

SEATTLE, WA February 8, 2016 – OCENS today announces the release of its OneMessage personal messaging service for satellite users. OneMessage is the first satellite messaging app which allows private, real-­‐person to real-­‐person communication through texting. Furthermore, OneMessage brings state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art messaging to the satellite user without the heavy overhead of the popular network-­‐based messaging services.

Imagine texting family news to your daughter away at college without knowing whether she’ll receive it or simply the first person who happens to be on the dorm wifi when that message arrives. Or receiving a text from somebody without any means to really know who that somebody is. In today’s world of satellite messaging, no imagination is necessary. These issues are reality. But OneMessage changes all this by evolving satellite messaging to allow individuals to send and receive texts to other individuals firm in the knowledge that those friends or family and only those friends or family will receive the message. OneMessage also allows you to communicate with your OneMessage friends using satellite phones without the need costly international texting plans or rates.

From the perspective of the remote satellite user, received messages to a shared satellite device are received and read only by you in your OneMessage app. You immediately know who messaged you and can safely and securely reply just to them. Unlike other satellite messaging apps which can send only one message at a time, OneMessage supports multiple threads with each individual thread held in the app until you are ready to reach out and tap into your satellite device. Threads are then compressed together and snapped through your satellite connection before being parsed by the OneMessage servers off to their respective destinations. On devices like the Iridium GO! all this takes place using OneMessage without you having to even log into the device. A tiny amount of satellite bandwidth is occupied by OneMessage to process your threads.

“We wanted to create an experience bringing the satellite ‘messager’ as close to the messaging expectations of their connected life at home or work as possible,” stated Development Lead Scott Johnson. “OneMessage wraps the realities of the satellite world into a package personalizing the messaging relationship between its users.”

OneMessage is compatible with the Iridium GO!, other Iridium and Inmarsat handheld phones and docks as well as MSAT terminals through the OCENS Sidekick satellite wifi router, and makes two-­‐way messaging finally possible through the Globalstar network. It, of course, works with a wide range of satellite broadband services. OneMessage can send and receive through these phones to other OneMessage users or to any cellular telephone number. It can also function in a network environment without any of those devices present. Users on network connections receive push notifications of received messages.

The free app is activated along with a low monthly service fee affording an unlimited number of messages (applicable satellite message fees apply separately). The app includes a handy shortcut allowing you to quickly invite friends and family to connect to you in your satellite world with OneMessage.

About OCENS, Inc. OCENS data services, software and apps merge easy-­‐to-­‐use applications with unprecedented content offerings to affordably deliver data over satellite phones to remote users around the world. OCENS weather, ocean and fishing services provide access to the largest collection of GRIB and classical data that can be found anywhere. Using patented pull-­‐me technology, OCENS WeatherNet provides fast access to the world’s widest selection of weather and ocean information over PC and Mac platforms. GRIB Explorer processes highly compressed GRIB information into unique decision products for use on PC, Mac or iPad platforms. MetMapper transforms static weather charts and satellite imagery into dynamic planning tools. OCENS’ iPhone, Android, Windows phone and Blackberry apps provide weather and messaging services to the smartphone community. Its SpotCast weather service provides multi-­‐day, multi-­‐point forecasts of weather and ocean conditions for any point on earth in a highly compact form. OneMail provides clean and quick access to your Gmail account through satellite connections. OCENS augments its software core with satellite equipment, satellite accessories such as the Sidekick satellite wifi router, and airtime solutions it provides in cooperation with all the major satellite providers.

OCENS launches its EMC² line for disaster recovery and business continuity communications.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

OCENS launches its EMC² line for disaster recovery and business continuity communications.

 Seattle, WA

September 28, 2012

OCENS Inc. of Seattle, WA recently launched its new EMC² (Emergency Mobile ComCenter) line consisting of kits that provide communications for disaster recovery and business continuity. Kits range from a single satellite phone to a satellite internet hotspot with up to 11 independent phone lines. Every kit comes in a watertight and crush resistant Pelican case and includes a backup battery, solar charging panel, and backup lighting. Kits weigh anywhere from 5 to 28 lbs., and each is small enough to be used as a carry-on. The Standard and Team kits feature a Pelican case with wheels and a pull handle and that is dimensionally small enough to fit in an overhead bin.

The EMC² uses satellite technology so that you can make calls or get online when landlines and/or cellular networks are down. The ComCenters are designed for on-demand use and come bundled with airtime that is valid for two years. Additional airtime can be added on at any time.

All but the Voice Only kit include a satellite hotspot, called BGAN, that provides an internet connection with 3G/4G speeds, has built in WiFi, and a built in phone line that can be used simultaneous to the data connection. The “Team” kit editions include 9 smartphones that are preconfigured for voice calls over the BGAN connection and can also be used to access the internet and email.

The BGAN terminal is powered by a lithium-ion battery and every kit includes a GoalZero backup battery and solar charger. The backup battery will fully charge the BGAN terminal and can also charge phones, laptops, and other devices and can be fully recharged via the solar panel in approximately 4-6 hours.

The kits also include a GoalZero Solo solar charging LED flashlight and all but the Voice Only kit include a GoalZero Estrella 3 watt LED light.

The EMC² kits provide an easy and cost-effective solution for Emergency Managers and Business Continuity Planners because everything you would need to operate an emergency communications center is included. Satellite technology makes it very reliable and a completely ubiquitous communications platform. The solar charging component makes it that much more independent since it can remain operational even during power outages. OCENS adds further value to its kits by bundling in VoIP services and airtime that is valid for two years with no monthly or additional costs. This makes it easy for a business to budget for a complete backup system and amortize its operational costs over 24 months. For the grant writer, it provides a single fixed cost which removes the complexity of factoring in a budget for ongoing monthly subscription costs.

OCENS is a satellite service provider that is continuously innovating and adding value for satellite voice and data services and is proud to support its new line of Emergency Mobile ComCenters. See the complete EMC² line and full products details here: hwww.ocens.com/disaster

OCENS is a provider of a broad range of fixed and mobile satellite communications solutions for industries such as business continuity / disaster recovery, first responders,  military and private security, wildland firefighting, mining and exploration, oil and gas, forestry, and broadcasting, as well as leisure activities such as overland travel, hunting, adventure sports, and maritime. Products and services include mobile satellite phones and hotspots, asset and personnel tracking, SCADA, backup communications, VoIP, network controls and metering, web and email compression, and weather services. OCENS tailors complete solutions to meet the customer’s specific needs and offers consistent support to the end-user throughout the use of its products and services.

Contact: Matt Haase, Sales Manager-Land Mobile Division

Tel: (206) 878-8270

Fax: (206) 878-8314      

Email: matt@ocens.com         

Web: www.ocens.com

 

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New Press Release: OCENS adds the Hughes 9202 BGAN terminal to its rental fleet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

OCENS adds the Hughes 9202 BGAN terminal to its rental fleet.  

Seattle, WA

September 12, 2012

OCENS Inc. of Seattle, WA recently added the new Hughes 9202 BGAN terminal to its already extensive satellite phone and BGAN rental fleet. The 9202 was released by Hughes this year and is the newest Inmarsat BGAN terminal on the market. BGAN uses the Inmarsat satellite network to provide a high speed internet and simultaneous voice connection with coverage virtually anywhere in the world between 60N and 60S latitudes.

The Hughes 9202 is the ideal solution for a traveler or worker who will need an internet connection wherever he may find himself but also needs to pack as light as possible. With simply a 9202 and a smartphone or tablet, you can have a mobile internet and voice connection virtually anywhere you go.

The next generation 9202 inherited many great features from Hughes’ previous flagship terminal, the 9201, only the designers streamlined it and packed it into a form factor that is about half the weight and size. Hughes also added an analog RJ11 port so you can connect any analog POTS handset to make calls. The new UI (User Interface) is sleek and user friendly and the browser-based interface is also mobile and tablet friendly. With the 9202, the cryptic LED light strip of the 9201 was exchanged for a user-friendly backlit LCD display that allows you to access the entire settings menu.

Popular features that were passed down from the 9201 include onboard WiFi, a built in compass, audible pointing, a high capacity lithium-ion battery, and ISDN capabilities.

Where the 9201 is a Class 1 terminal, it has a maximum throughput on a standard IP connection of 492 kbps. The 9202, a Class 2 terminal is limited to 464 kbps, albeit a negligible difference in speed. A Class 1 terminal, however, can provide the full spectrum of Inmarsat’s streaming (dedicated bandwidth) service which is up to 384 kbps. The 9202 is limited to 128 kbps streaming. For most users, though, this is an easy trade-off for having a terminal that is 50% smaller.

The 9202 rental package comes standard with a watertight Pelican case, AC charger with international adapters, cat5 network cable, and quick-guide instructions. Optional rental accessories include a compact analog handset and DC car charger. Prepaid data airtime is available in 20, 40, and 100MB bundles as well as pay-as-you-go. OCENS can ship same day to anywhere in the world.

OCENS was one of the first service providers to offer the 9202 terminal as a rental option, and like the rest of its product line, boasts very competitive pricing and outstanding customer support.

OCENS is a provider of a broad range of fixed and mobile satellite communications solutions for industries such as mining and exploration, oil and gas,  forestry, wildland firefighting, business continuity / disaster recovery, broadcasting, emergency response, military and private security, as well as leisure activities such as overland travel, hunting, adventure sports, and maritime. Products and services include mobile satellite phones and hotspots, asset and personnel tracking, SCADA, backup communications, VoIP, network controls and metering, web and email compression, and weather services. OCENS tailors complete solutions to meet the customer’s specific needs and offers consistent support to the end-user throughout the use of its products and services.

 

Contact: Matt Haase, Sales Manager-Land Mobile Division

Tel: (206) 878-8270

Fax: (206) 878-8314      

Email: matt@ocens.com         

Web: www.ocens.com

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OCENS releases WeatherNet 3

NEWS – For Immediate Release

New WeatherNet 3 Portal mode screen

OCENS Inc., Seattle WA
Media Contacts:

Jeff Thomassen
206.878.8270
jeff@ocens.com
www.ocens.com/weathernet

OCENS releases WeatherNet 3 Weather-on-Demand 

Enhances award-winning service with intelligent product wizard and new Portal mode

SEATTLE, WA July 23, 2012 – OCENS proudly announces version 3 of its award-winning WeatherNet Weather-on-Demand service. For a decade, WeatherNet has warehoused the most robust collection of weather, ocean and fishing data on the planet. Its patented WeatherNet data transfer engine continues to hold the preeminent position in the accelerated delivery of content across all satellite and wireless platforms.  These twin pillars of content diversity and file transfer performance are now integrated together in unprecedented fashion with the launch of WeatherNet 3’s Portal mode and the imbedded intelligence of its ingenious Content Wizard.  The Content Wizard personalizes WeatherNet’s vast content library to the specific weather, ocean and fishing interests of the individual user. It’s Portal mode then stages selections for the rapid and reliable global delivery of these products via satellite or cellular, wired or wireless connections.

WeatherNet 3 transforms the product selection process by asking users for their general weather interests and then responding with definitive file suggestions for their area of operation. No need to get specific, just let WeatherNet know whether you’d like GRIB or classic weather charts, text files or buoy products, fishing data or ice forecasts, satellite pictures or tide information…the list goes on. WeatherNet’s intelligent content algorithm then merges your general interests with your present or proposed location, anywhere in the world, and the work by OCENS professionals who have mapped each one of the thousands of products in our large library. The result is a personalized list of products that satisfy the specific insights required for prevailing and predicted weather, ocean and fishing conditions.

‘We wanted to take WeatherNet where no other weather service on the planet has gone.’ summarized Mark Freeberg, OCENS President and CEO. ‘So not only does it have the largest GRIB and classical weather and ocean data library and the most robust means of delivering that information to users, it can now skillfully help them find the products best suited for their needs and area of operation.’

Just some of WeatherNet 3’s new features and capabilities:

  • GPS integration
  • OCENS Positional Packet sharing with OCENS GRIB Explorer and MetMapper
  • Content Wizard and Portal mode
  • Content Preferences page to help you personalize GRIB model preferences
  • Content Box and integrated content search algorithm
  • Graphical user interface for selection of coastal, offshore, high seas, and MetArea text products
  • Buoy location map for choosing buoy(s) data feeds for your area of operation
  • Zoom capabilities on all content reference maps
  • Portal mode tracking of present geographic position relative to selected content
  • Satellite Dialer for auto-connect/disconnect to satellite phones and docking stations
  • Integration with Optimizer, webXaccelerators, and Iridium AxcessPoint
  • Refreshed interfaces and new icons for WeatherNet’s legacy Basic and Library modes
  • Updated Basic mode ‘Personalities’
  • Rapid access to Basic mode content ‘Personality’ switching and content options
  • New data classes (Tides) and sources (Terrafin)
  • Race and Tournament mode editions

Compatibility
WeatherNet 3 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7, both 32 and 64-bit versions, and Apple Mac computers with virtual machine PC installations.

It is bundled with drivers and auto-dialing/disconnect capabilities for most serial, USB and Ethernet-based satellite telephones and will operate through any wifi, DSL, cable, or dial-up connection. It seamlessly works with the entire webXaccelerator line, including the Optimizer 102, and the Iridium AxcessPoint.

Pricing and Availability
WeatherNet 3 service is priced at $99 per year and is immediately available from OCENS and through OCENS dealer network. Content fees are charged on a per item basis with such fees starting as low as US 18 cents. WeatherNet prepaid content cards are available in $75, $250, $500 and $1000 denominations.  3-day no-charge demos of WeatherNet with full access to all WeatherNet content and features are available with each installation.

About OCENS, Inc.

OCENS data services and software merge easy-to-use applications with unprecedented content offerings to affordably deliver data to remote users around the world. Using patented pull-me technology, OCENS WeatherNet provides fast access to the world’s widest selection of weather and ocean information. MetMapper transforms static weather chats to dynamic planning tools. OCENS Mail accelerates the transfer of email over wireless phone connections while OCENS XWeb provides fast wireless web browsing with up to a 10x improvement in speed through customer satellite equipment. These services have been bundled in strategic partnerships with some of the leading nautical software and satellite providers in the world such as Nobeltec, B&G, Expedition, Globalstar, Sailfast, GMN and Sattrans. OCENS augments its software core with satellite equipment and airtime solutions it provides in cooperation with all the major satellite providers.