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May 23, 2013

Inmarsat Hails the Benefits of Satellite for Various Applications, Including M2M

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC


Inmarsat (News - Alert) was in the M2M space before the term was coined. But the satellite network operator recently launched a branded M2M solution to ensure it is ideally positioned to win new coin given the rapidly expanding machine to machine opportunity.

That’s the word from Joel Schroeder, director of the M2M program at Inmarsat, which has been in business for more than 30 years providing connectivity for fleet, maritime, safety and other applications.

Inmarsat recently expanded its offerings with the introduction of what it calls BGAN M2M (the first bit stands for broadband global area network). BGAN M2M provides a low-cost solution to support real-time M2M applications and is suitable for M2M applications that would typically send between 1Mb and 50Mb per terminal per month, according to Inmarsat. The service launched with the Hughes (News - Alert) 9502 BGAN M2M terminal, building on the Hughes 9201-M2M product.

“The take up of BGAN has been very strong,” says Schroeder of the offering that launched early last year.

BGAN addresses various applications including banking; environmental monitoring; connecting ATMs and point-of-sale devices; energy applications involving such practices as gas flow measurement; SCADA; and more. Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison (News - Alert) in the Los Angeles area are among the users of the BGAN service.

Schroeder says that satellite connectivity makes sense for a wide variety of applications, be they in remote applications or urban settings where there are gaps in service.

“Satellite is not as complex or as mysterious as people think it is,” he adds. “It’s as simple as terrestrial.”

And Inmarsat makes it easy to use, he says, by delivering one network, one rate, and one SIM card.




Edited by Jamie Epstein



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