The Hughes 9502 has become the first BGAN M2M terminal to receive hazardous locations accreditation.
The global-use, end-to-end IP data M2M (machine-to-machine) terminal has been certified for operation in environments where explosive gaseous atmospheres may be present.
The certification covers operation in environments classified as Class 1, Division 2, Groups A-D, and ATEX Zone 2, Group II, Category 3. Testing was undertaken by MetLabs, an accredited laboratory.
“Hughes' latest Class 1, Division 2 BGAN M2M terminal is an exciting addition to our M2M portfolio,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Vice President of Enterprise Energy at Inmarsat.
“It will play a significant role in supporting global energy customers who operate SCADA networks in hazardous environments.
“Inmarsat is the only mobile satellite communications company to offer such a broad portfolio of global M2M capabilities and we are well-positioned to support this rapidly expanding market.”
The newly-accredited 9502 BGAN M2M terminal variant will be showcased at Entelec – the oil, gas, pipeline and utility sectors exhibition, in Houston, Texas on 9-11 April.
An order for it has already been placed by Inmarsat partner Zedi, a leading oil and gas technology and service company.
James Freeman, Chief Technology Officer at Zedi, said: “Zedi utilises the latest technologies available to reliably connect our customers' remote sites and provide industry-leading monitoring solutions.
“In 2010, we were excited to announce the world's first large-scale SCADA network based on Inmarsat BGAN.
“Over the past two years, our team engaged Inmarsat and industry customers to outline requirements for a new M2M BGAN terminal.
“It was important to us that the terminal is small, easy-to-use, efficient, cost-effective and certified for use in Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations.”
Inmarsat's BGAN M2M service is accessible across the globe by a wide range of industry sectors. It combines performance with low latency, assuring real-time visibility of critical data.
BGAN M2M is simple for field teams to set up and integrate with bespoke applications, and can be maintained without technical expertise or training.
As with all mobile satellite connectivity delivered through Inmarsat's I-4 L-band satellites, the service operates with 99.9 per cent network availability.