When it comes to satellite connection, public safety agencies have to choose between satellite dish (fixed, auto-deployable dish, BGAN, etc.) or satellite phones such as Iridium or Globalstar. Most of the time, the decision is based on the acquisition/operating costs and the performance.
If you’re looking for a backup communication solution, an Iridium and/or Globalstar satellite phone can be a great option given its low cost of acquisition.
Here’s how you can use it with the Base Camp Connect system:
First, you need to have an Iridium/Globalstar phone and its dock as you can see above. With a RJ11 cable, connect the satellite phone base station (Pots or PSTN port) to the BCC landline port (C01-C02). If you’re inside a building, you will need to use the external antenna provided with the satellite phone to increase reception as satellite phones do not work well inside.
Once connected to the Base Camp, you will be able to contact all the extensions connected to the system (fixed & portable phones, radio interop) only by dialing their extension number without using any minutes from your monthly or pre-paid plan.
On the other hand, you can continue making external calls and receive them on your international phone number, just as you usually do.