Inmarsat to provide Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity while contributing to development of global standard
08 February 2016: Inmarsat today announced that it has joined the LoRa Alliance, dedicated to developing a global standard for IoT. Inmarsat will provide the LoRa ecosystem with satellite connectivity to enable the deployment of solutions anywhere an object or device needs to be connected.
The LoRa Alliance, a non-profit organisation founded in 2015 by industry leaders across the IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) industries, has a mission to standardise Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) which are being deployed worldwide to enable IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city and industrial applications. Pooling their knowledge and experience, the members of the Alliance aim to guarantee interoperability between operators to make LoRaWAN™ the open global standard for IoT applications worldwide.
“Joining the LoRa Alliance is a natural fit for Inmarsat,” Greg Ewert, President, Enterprise, Inmarsat said. “Our portfolio of M2M services, powered by our global network, have long been used to extend the reach of our customers’ M2M networks in a number of vertical markets, powering the Internet of Everywhere for solutions worldwide. We hope that our expertise will be a valuable addition to the LoRa Alliance, and we are pleased to champion a global standard for IoT connectivity.”
With reliable, global mobile satellite connectivity, Inmarsat fulfils the unique connectivity requirements for valuable M2M and IoT networks wherever they are on the globe and beyond the reach of terrestrial networks – at land, at sea and in the air.
“We are very pleased to welcome Inmarsat as a member of the LoRa Alliance,” Olivier Hersent, CEO & CTO, Actility, said. “Inmarsat is the first global satellite operator to join us. Their expertise and know-how in delivering mission critical mobile communication services to businesses and institutions worldwide will be a great asset to further develop the LoRaWAN ecosystem. The Alliance is looking forward to working with Inmarsat to accelerate LoRa enabled IoT services worldwide.”
Actility are an IoT software platform provider and a founding member or the LoRa Alliance.
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L).
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The LoRa Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that believes the internet of things era is now. It was initiated by industry leaders with a mission to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications. The Alliance members will collaborate to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN), by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability between operators in one open global standard.
Our members come from organizations of all types around the world addressing all aspects of the Eco-system. Members include multi-nationals telecommunication companies, equipment manufacturers, system integrators, sensor manufacturers, entrepreneurial start-ups and semiconductors. In Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, our members develop, deploy and use the technology across countries and continents, driving the implementation of internet of things.
The LoRa Alliance is an organization with memberships addressing the need of the individual company and is divided into a sponsor, contributor and an adopter group.