Inmarsat and SkyWave claim to have sold 12,000 of their IsatData Pro terminals – aimed at satisfying M2M needs in the transportation, oil and gas, utilities and mining sectors – so far this year.
The companies have designed the terminals to work on Inmarsat’s global L-band satellite network and say it is ideal for a wide range of enhanced M2M applications, including SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) communications for systems that monitor gas pipelines and oil wells, as well as telemetry and fleet-management services.
“The success of the IsatData Pro service so early on is testament to the fact that both we and SkyWave [Ottawa, Canada] have listened to customers and developed a solution that combines the highest payload and lowest latency of any L-band satellite store-and-forward service on the market today,” said Ronald Spithout, the president of Inmarsat Enterprise, in a statement.
“As well as being a highly cost-effective solution for a wide range of industry sectors, the IsatData Pro service enables organizations to share much richer information in M2M applications than has previously been possible. Satellite is now very much part of a company’s M2M strategy, either for closing gaps in terrestrial coverage or, increasingly, as a way of improving the reliability of M2M communications,” he said.
Satellite-based M2M has become an important service for organizations that operate in critical sectors like oil and gas, banking and finance and environmental monitoring.
Inmarsat (London, UK) says its use of L-band spectrum guarantees 99.9% network availability and a ubiquitous, resilient and flexible solution for remote, unmanned locations.
The L-band also allows for a high degree of antenna-pointing tolerance, simplifying installation and adding to the reliability of unmanned terminals in an open environment.
Inmarsat claims to offer the broadest M2M satellite portfolio of any L-band operator. While IsatData Pro and Isat M2M are aimed at lower-data-rate requirements, such as basic tracking and telemetry applications for fixed and mobile assets, its BGAN M2M service – which launched in February this year – offers real-time IP data speeds of up to half a megabit a second.