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Next Gen MCG-101 and Hurricanes


GSE has released a Next Generation Iridium Terminal, the MCG-101, that offers Voice, Data, Tracking, plus PBX options in one small, inexpensive, 2 lb box.

Discover the emergency communication and safety benefits available through the technological advancements of the MCG-101 as you plan or upgrade your emergency communications solution.

Multi-Purpose Communications Hub

The MCG-101 operates as a multi-purpose communications hub, an Internet Gateway, and Intelligent GPS telematics device, with the ability to send and receive data, voice and SMS, and also connect to other devices through RS232, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.

What does this mean?

  • Advance your emergency communications beyond Satellite phones
  • Use your smart phones to make calls over the Iridium Network
  • Hook up your laptop, iPad or other devices to access your email or other critical data
  • Plug in your Analog office phone and regain full PBX functionality
  • Gain access to your fax machine to transmit critical data
  • Create mobile communications hubs by installing the MCG-101 and external antenna on a vehicle, truck, or a boat…
  • Plus - activate GPS for tracking and monitoring of vessel activities

What other critical Backup Communication can the MCG-101 perform?

The integrated Wi-Fi router and Linux processor opens up endless applications from a simple Wi-Fi hotspot to a powerful Internet-of-Things (IoT) hub for collecting, monitoring, and repeating sensor data on any infrastructure.

In the event that your standard connectivity goes offline, cutting off the ability for your sensors to transmit information, the MCG-101 would kick in as a default connection and continue to monitor any alarm sequence directed to the unit. The alarm messages could then send SMS messages out of a printer – including to remote station end users. Most important, you would continue to receive data in real time if there is a failure in infrastructure.

Custom Applications

The MCG-101 is a fully capable processing platform that can be easily configured for data applications, secured communications, custom call routing, and special projects. The MCG-101 integrates easily with M2M software and applications and integrates into the Iridium Network without having to understand, recode, or reengineer the devices.

Additionally, GSE’s team includes a full time group of leading engineers of the overall IoT industry and provides direct access to them to assist in the developing and integration of your custom solutions.

Encrypted Communications

Custom applications such as the ability to transmit encrypted data over the MCG-101 is also possible. The MCG-101 is capable of automatically detecting traffic on your local area ethernet, encoding the traffic into packets, and sending those packets over the Iridium Network. The data is then relayed to another MCG-101 at the home base for decoding without depending on terrestrial infrastructure.

Remote Office Communications

The MCG-101 is ideal for remote stationary offices or command stations, such as a fire station, or military command, etc. where there is no available cellular connectivity. An office can use analog phones and the MCG-101 can easily be configured for custom call routing. The system features a full PBX that can run an entire office, and run customer software as well. The USB port allows for expansion to connect external peripherals.

Hurricane Season Has Arrived

One thing we can all agree on is that hurricanes are getting fiercer. The saying, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of WHEN the big one hits us” - becomes more haunting each year those of us who strike luck and survive with minimal damages. The MCG-101 adds that extra peace of mind and safety by assuring your access to a full spectrum of communications – talking, texting, emailing, tracking, and delivering critical and potentially lifesaving information. You can also save money by using your existing smartphone to make calls over the Iridium network.

If you are lucky, your county response teams may be able to predict ahead of a Hurricane landfall and have their backup generators and fuel positioned, along with emergency response teams ready for deployment all in advance. But they too will be limited to their reach of all those in danger. The MCG-101 provides an affordable backup solution for cities, municipalities, corporations, banks, or companies in general where losing one day of communications could be devastating – not to mention the potential of losing one to two to three weeks of phone lines or cell tower down time.

The MCG-101 is an Iridium certified product that can also be found on the Iridium Partner Product link under Voice and Data Services:

Please contact a GSE solutions consultant to discover how the advanced technology of the MCG-101 can help you. Email If you are a government entity, please email our dedicated government team at, or call 954-459-4008.

About the Author
Abby Kennedy
Government Business Development

Abby Kennedy has spent over 15 years developing business in the government sector having directly contracted over 55 million in IT related solutions the first five years, then dedicating the following 10 years consulting and guiding companies in how to align their solution capabilities for contracting success. GSE is pleased to have Abby join our team to lead the development of our strategic government business.

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