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Roadpost supplying MedStar Health with Iridium satellite services for emergency backup communications

Roadpost’s satellite solutions helping Washington/Baltimore’s largest healthcare network keep communication lines open during service disruptions

Toronto, ON (June 27, 2006) – Roadpost Inc., a leader in satellite communications solutions for global use, has been selected to provide MedStar Health with emergency Iridium satellite backup communications at each of its facilities. MedStar Health is the largest healthcare system in the Baltimore-Washington-DC area. Roadpost is supplying network access, as well as all required Iridium hardware, including nine multi-channel fixed terminals and 96 mobile handsets, bundled with emergency kits that include extra batteries, solar chargers and a rugged, waterproof and shockproof carrying case.

The fixed terminals will be installed at MedStar’s hospitals and other facilities to provide up to four independent channels for incoming and outgoing satellite calls. These will be interfaced with the buildings’ private branch exchange (PBX) switching systems.

“As a vital community medical services provider, it is critically important that we have redundant layers of backup communications,” said Dr. Christopher Wuerker, M.D., Medical Director for MedSTAR Transport and Co-Chair of Emergency Preparedness for Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. “The Iridium in-building systems and portable handsets will ensure uninterrupted communications if conventional systems are disrupted by a natural disaster or terrorist attack.”

“MedStar Health is the quintessential example of how satellite services can be leveraged to address emergency preparedness needs,” said Morris Shawn, President and CEO of Roadpost. “Roadpost’s flexible approach means that staff can easily access services on an as-needed basis and be up and running with little to no disruption. Roadpost is one of the few providers who can deliver an end to end solution – including Iridium hardware, accessories and services - that is able to serve organizations’ emergency needs at an affordable rate.”

“The hurricanes that ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast last year revealed the extreme vulnerability of fixed landlines and cellular phone networks, leaving many hospitals and emergency service responders in the affected area unable to communicate with each other or with the outside world,” said Greg Ewert, Executive Vice President of Iridium Satellite. “MedStar, like many other medical service providers, is looking to Iridium as a key component in their disaster preparedness and emergency response plans.”

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health ( is a $2.7 billion non-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of seven hospitals and other healthcare services in the Baltimore-Washington region. The hospitals, which include both teaching and community facilities, are Franklin Square Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital and Washington Hospital in the District of Columbia. MedStar Health is based in Columbia, Md., and as the area’s largest health system is one of its largest employers, with more than 23,000 employees and 4,600 affiliated physicians.

About Iridium Satellite

Iridium Satellite LLC ( is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions with complete coverage of the earth (including oceans, airways and Polar Regions). Iridium delivers essential communications services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available. The Iridium constellation consists of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO), cross-linked satellites and has multiple in-orbit spares. The constellation operates as a fully meshed network and is the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world. The Iridium service is ideally suited for industries such as maritime, aviation, government/military, emergency/humanitarian services, mining, forestry, oil and gas, heavy equipment, transportation and utilities. Iridium provides service to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company also designs, builds and sells its services, products and solutions through a worldwide network of more than 100 partners.

About Roadpost Inc.

Founded in 1991, Roadpost ( provides customized global communications to individuals and corporations. The company’s comprehensive portfolio includes International Cellular, Global Satellite, International BlackBerry and Worldwide Internet services providing complete global coverage, no matter where the destination. Alliances with industry leaders such as O2, Transatel, Swisscom, Telecom Italia Mobile, Vodafone, China Mobile, TIM Hellas, Bell Mobility, Telus Mobility, France Telecom Mobile Services, Iridium, iPass, Research in Motion, Motorola and Nokia allow Roadpost to deliver reliable and secure communications with the largest network of worldwide coverage.

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