Portable services via Twoobii
17 June 2021 | Technology
The Namib Race, comprising a 1 000km race through the Namib Desert, tested the capabilities of the Twoobii and the results amazed.
Tanja Schonenborn and Rafael Fuchsgruber took on this race, starting on 20 May 2021 at the tallest hiking dune in the world, the Big Daddy at Sossusvlei and ended 16 days later ending at Mount Etjo.
The race organisers approached Q-KON Namibia to provide a communications solution as they travelled in areas with none to limited communication available. The team needed to stay in touch with loved ones at home, be able to upload photos and videos of the race, and should there be an emergency on-route, they need to be able to call for help.
According to race organiser Nel de Jager, proper communication was one of the main concerns they had, but with the Twoobii portable unit they could travel with peace of mind knowing they would have communication no matter where they were. “Awesome, awesome, awesome,” was how he described it.
Satellite data communication is a well-established service with various known services provided by global operators such as Inmarsat, Iridium and others.
While the reliability of satellite services is well entrenched in the market, previously available choices offered very expensive data bundle options making the service very exclusive and mostly used for emergencies only or very limited broadband usage.
The Twoobii portable service provides the same anywhere connectivity, ease-of-deployment and reliability at standard Twoobii data bundle service bundles. This combination makes it a much more attractive options for tour operators, film crews or adventure expedition leaders.
The portable Twoobii terminal is about A3-size and comes in a carry pack suited for rugged environments. To activate the service, users deploy the unit using self-guide instructions to connect to the Twoobii satellite service platform.