Orbcomm, Inmarsat announce strategic M2M partnership

Satellite operators Orbcomm and Inmarsat have formed a strategic alliance aimed at developing products and services for the fast-growing satellite M2M market.

The companies say their collaboration will also investigate opportunities for the future expansion and integration of their satellite networks.

However, the tie-up will mainly work on developing a standard satellite platform as well as cost-effective hardware and flexible service pricing models for the M2M industry.

Satellite operators Orbcomm and Inmarsat have formed a strategic alliance aimed at developing products and services for the fast-growing satellite M2M market.

The companies say their collaboration will also investigate opportunities for the future expansion and integration of their satellite networks.

However, the tie-up will mainly work on developing a standard satellite platform as well as cost-effective hardware and flexible service pricing models for the M2M industry.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) is already working on building a series of interchangeable modems that will be powered by its own network as well as Inmarsat’s.

It says manufacturers and partners will be able to “drop in” the appropriate modem that corresponds with either the Orbcomm or Inmarsat (London, UK) network, based on geography, message size and delivery speed.

Orbcomm says customers will also be able to take advantage of its relationships with Tier One cellular operators for dual-mode services.

They also look set to benefit from access to Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro service, a satellite packet data service offering what Inmarsat claims is the highest payload and lowest latency in the market, as well as BGANM2M, Inmarsat’s 3G service offering real-time IP data at speeds of up to 512Kbps on a single global SIM.

Inmarsat claims BGANM2M is the only service of its kind in the satellite M2M space.

Both companies say they will distribute the solutions globally through existing channels, which include extensive commercial and government distribution networks.

“Our goal with Inmarsat is to create a compelling offering for the M2M industry by developing a truly innovative, scalable – and most importantly – a standard satellite-based global M2M platform,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive. “We want to make it as easy as possible for M2M solutions companies to use the most appropriate network for their unique application needs without having to invest huge amounts of development time and capital in each capability.”

Inmarsat says the partnership will allow it to round out its offerings and provide an unmatched level of service to satellite M2M customers.

“We look forward to working with ORBCOMM to maximize our service offerings in the satellite industry and expand our footprint in M2M through our ground-breaking standard satellite platform,” said Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s chief executive.