Inmarsat launches open technology strategy

20 January 2015: Open technology platforms have revolutionised the technology industry, increasing levels of innovation and opening up new opportunities for developers and businesses alike.  As part of the development of the next generation of the global mobile satellite technology and applications, Inmarsat will harness this culture of innovation by opening up its platforms to developers to encourage new ideas that will change the way satellite communications are implemented on land, at sea and in the air.

The new open technology strategy, to be announced today at the first Inmarsat Developer Conference (IDC), will give the growing Developer Community the freedom to utilise Inmarsat technologies to develop innovative and bespoke applications.

During the three-day event, over 300 software, hardware and application developers will have the opportunity to hear about Inmarsat’s strategy – both long term and for the coming year – as well as meet other companies, developers and organisations from across the world that are already using Inmarsat’s infrastructure to develop innovative business solutions. Delegates will also learn how to become an Inmarsat developer through the Certified Application Partner programme.

Ian Kennedy of Cisco, a key strategic partner of Inmarsat, will deliver the keynote speech on “disruptive innovation in a hyper-connected future”. In his speech Ian will describe a vision of a hyper-connected 2020, a future where sensors and actuators are clustered and organised as systems that change the way we live and work.

Inmarsat’s verticals – Maritime, Enterprise, Aviation and Government – will feature heavily during the event, with experts from across each product market area highlighting the biggest growth areas for satellite communications within each specialist sector, helping developers to pinpoint the best ways to utilise Inmarsat’s open technologies.

Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat, said: “We recognise the constant need for people and things to be connected regardless of time or location. We have been providing global mobile connectivity for decades and want to leverage this position to facilitate the development of new applications, enhancing the way in which people interact with our technologies. Our new open technology approach, based on building blocks made easily available, will allow both new and existing partners to take advantage of our cutting edge technology, particularly Global Xpress, as a platform on which to build bespoke applications in new areas. This is the first IDC we are holding and I personally look forward to welcoming new developers into our already impressive community.”

The event will be held on 20-22 January 2015 at Inmarsat’s headquarters, located at 99 City Road, London.

For further information

Jonathan Sinnatt
Director of Corporate Communications
jonathan.sinnatt@inmarsat.com
+44 (0)20 7728 1935
Katie Potts
Corporate Communications Manager
katie.potts@inmarsat.com
+44 (0)20 7728 1492

About Inmarsat

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).

The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on @InmarsatGlobal.

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