YB3 Satellite Communication Device
The YB3 automatically sends your position, and allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky. It works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks. This simple device brings an added convenience to a long line of convenient devices and equipment that complete your global communications solution.
The YB3 Satellite Communication Device is the most robust and reliable satellite tracking system available bringing convenience to your communications even for emergencies while you are off the grid! It will wake up on a regular basis, obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmit that position back to YB Tracking using the Iridium satellite network in seconds. The message is relayed to YB Tracking from Iridium and then the position can be visualized on an easy-to-use online map. Friends and family can follow your progress, and your historic track, via this map. They can send you short emails and text messages, and you can reply. You can even update your Facebook or Twitter status using our YB Connect app, in conjunction with the YB3 (excludes ‘Basic’ mo del, see model breakdown below).
|Powered By||Internal battery, rechargeable via USB|
Up to 3 weeks transmitting every 15 mins
Up to 3 months transmitting once per hour
Up to 9 months transmitting twice per day
|Tracking Options||Various tracking options from every 5 seconds to 12 hours|
Red Button Alert
Dead Man’s Switch
Temperature (high/low) Alert
External Power Loss
|Size||144 x 76 x 36mm (plus antenna)|
|Waterproofing||IP-67 (submersion up to 1m for 30 mins)|
FCC & CE
MIL-810 F/G (Ruggedness)
Handheld use, personnel etc.
Temporary vehicle/yacht mounting using Soft Pouch
Permanent vehicle/yacht mounting using Quick Release Mount
|Dimensions||8 x 6 x 8 in|
|Basic Model||Standard Model||Professional Model||Corporate Model|
|Simple Preset Messaging||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|YBlog mapping and blogging interface||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Bluetooth for Advanced Messaging||✓||✓||✓|
|Ability to use YB Connect app||✓||✓||✓|
|Advanced Alert Modes||✓||✓|
|Ability to use the 'Core' to manage multiple devices (requires $19.75 monthly fee)||✓||✓|
With each YB3 unit you will receive
- The YB3 unit
- A multi-country USB charger
- 0.3m USB cable
- Quick Start Card
How does it work?
YB3 uses the Iridium Satellite network. Specifically, it uses an Iridium service called ‘Short Burst Data’ (SBD). There’s some official info here. At the heart of YB3 is an Iridium 9602 modem.
Can the YB3 send email or SMS messages?
Yes, you can use the device to send/receive short messages - either using the device itself, with preset messages, or by linking with an iPhone/iPad/Android device to send custom messages. Messages sent from the device itself are always sent to the group of people you nominate in the management system - i.e. any message will be sent to all configured responders, you can't choose a specific person. Messages sent via the Bluetooth link (using the Messenger/Connect app) can be sent to any destination, either e-mail address or cell/mobile phone number. In all cases, people can reply to those messages, via e-mail or SMS, and the messages will come back to either the device or the Messenger app respectively.
Does the unit work indoors?
As with all satellite-based devices, the better view of the sky the unit has, the better it will perform. YB3 units use two sets of satellites - GPS satellites in order to get a position fix, and Iridium satellites to transmit that position back to base. The GPS signal is weaker than the Iridium signal. Typically, if the YB3 is near to a window inside then it may be able to obtain a GPS fix and transmit, although it will take longer than normal, and will therefore use more battery power. If the unit is deep inside a building then it is unlikely to be able to get a fix or transmit very well, and will therefore use up a lot of battery quite quickly. However, we have had devices transmit successfully from inside caves, fridges, under the seats of cars etc... it is possible, just not guaranteed, and not as reliable as usual. As a rule, the better view of the sky you can provide for the YB3, the better it will perform, and the longer the battery will last.