Thursday, 09 February 2017 23:30

Inmarsat, Actility partner to deliver global IoT network

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Global mobile satellite communications services company Inmarsat has partnered with Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWA) provider Actility to develop what it claims is the world’s first global IoT network.

The UK-based Inmarsat says it is delivering on its strategy to “bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to every corner of the globe" and that early applications in asset tracking, agribusiness and oil and gas are helping businesses in remote regions to become more efficient, reduce costs and drive new revenue through IoT-based solutions.

Paul Gudonis, president, Inmarsat Enterprise, says the Inmarsat LoRaWAN network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark LPWA platform, allows customers and partners to cost-effectively bring to market IoT solutions that can be delivered anywhere in the world, to any type of business, “with LoRaWAN-based connectivity on the ground and satellite connectivity as the network backbone”.

Gudonis says the integrated platform provides a complete solution that transmits site-specific data to applications in the cloud for analysis, delivering insights and supporting decision making, and creating value for the end customer.

“These three early applications are indicative of the industrial IoT market in general: businesses don’t need an off-the-shelf IoT solution for Agribusiness or Asset Tracking; they need a specific solution for a specific problem,” he said.

“Through our collaboration with Actility, we have the building blocks to tailor solutions for each specific opportunity, no matter where it is in the world.”

Inmarsat and Actility last year announced a partnership that combines Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite connectivity platform with Actility’s ThingPark IoT management platform to deliver an integrated solution for IoT, linking connectivity, services and IoT devices from a single application and service management point, to connect objects deployed anywhere on the planet.

“Actility has worked on many large-scale nationwide LPWA network deployments, but this is bigger: we’re fantastically excited about being part of the first truly global IoT network in partnership with Inmarsat,” Actility chief executive Mike Mulica said.

“Our collaboration with Inmarsat allows us to provide customers with an end-to-end solution to connect their assets and fulfill their IoT business needs anywhere in the world. We’ll be working alongside Inmarsat every step of the way to help global customers address their specific needs with more efficient, best-fit solutions.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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