Iridium integrated the service into the phone’s SOS button. Iridium said a press of the button automatically dials the GEOS emergency response center.
“Since the SOS button is programmable, customers have the ability to use the GEOS service if their organization does not offer such a service,” said Joel Thompson, Iridium vice president of product management. “We wanted to ensure that anyone using the most rugged satellite phone on the planet had an option to reach a highly trained professional in an emergency situation.”
Through its center in Houston, GEOS receives emergency alerts and notifies search and rescue authorities at all times of day. The center can translate to 200 languages and has coordinated responses in more than 100 countries since 2007, according to the Iridium release.