Satphone technology comes to cell phones

SATCase converts smartphones into sat phones.

Satphone technology comes to cell phones

For many, there’s nothing better than the thrill of an outdoor adventure. Unfortunately, along with every adventure, there exists an inherent risk that something could go terribly wrong. In fact, according to the Military Search and Rescue (SAR) Annual Statistics Report, U.K. SAR carried out approximately 1,906 callout missions in 2014 (1). Even the best laid plans can go awry and when they do having a satellite phone could mean the difference between life and death.

To this end, the makers of SATcase™ have designed a revolutionary device capable of transforming the common smartphone into a sophisticated, satellite phone. The transformation is seamless: after placing one’s smartphone inside a durable, ruggedised case, users simply install the SATcase™ application. The resulting device runs on a familiar operating system that is now loaded with cutting-edge technology able to assist those in extreme emergency conditions, making it perfect for adventure-seekers, hikers, sailors and aviators, the military and the oil and gas industry.

During an emergency time is a luxury most can ill-afford and the chances for survival decrease dramatically as time continues to pass. The SATcase™ is equipped with a smart mix of emergency features that can reduce the time it takes SAR teams to locate people accurately. This includes an SOS button, two way rescue communications, online track and trace for live monitoring, silent alarms and infrared strobes for victims of kidnapping.

The device uses technology that can be utilised by SAR teams searching by land, air and sea. Much of the technology built into the unit is something that was previously available only to the military and professionals such as commercial pilots and ship’s captains but now outdoor enthusiasts, human-aid workers, off-shore wind farmers and private pilots alike can take advantage of this simple yet intuitive system.

Company founder and CEO, Jim Thomson, stated, “We are extremely proud to be introducing SATcase™ to the market this year. This is a vital piece of advanced technology that will help save the lives of people all over the world. The practical applications of our system are also impressive. Users can maintain communications no matter where they are on Earth and unlike traditional satellite phones there’s no need to carry multiple units because our device serves multiple purposes.”

SATcase™ is available to pre-order now. For more information, please visit or email

SATcase™ will be presenting and exhibiting at Search and Rescue Europe 2015 in Portsmouth on Wednesday, 22nd April. If you plan to attend, please visit us at Stand 1.

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