Inmarsat and Microsoft to deliver cloud services via satellite

25 February 2019: A collaboration agreement between Inmarsat and Microsoft will enable Inmarsat’s customers to transfer data collected through their Industrial Internet of Things solutions to the Microsoft Azure IoT platform.

Microsoft Azure screen showing interface

Under the agreement, Microsoft Azure customers will also be able to access Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network, enabling them to connect their IoT infrastructure to cloud-based applications via the world’s most reliable mobile connectivity network.

The collaboration will initially focus on the delivery of Industrial IoT-based solutions to the agriculture, mining, transportation and logistics sectors, supporting digitalisation and visibility across the global supply chain. Customers will gain access to a variety of tools that will help connect anything to anything, bringing together assets in the physical world with applications in the digital world, no matter how remote the location.

Data access

Tara MacLachlan, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Industrial IoT Strategy, said: “This collaboration with Microsoft Azure is central to our Industrial IoT strategy and will enable our customers to access the data generated and processed by our intelligent edge IoT solutions, regardless of where their infrastructure is located.

“Analysing this data and using it to optimise operations is where the fundamental value of IoT resides, and the applications that Microsoft can deliver through Azure and IoT cloud solutions will be critical to delivering this value to our customers.”

Paul Gudonis, President of Inmarsat Enterprise, added: “Our relationship with Microsoft Azure will provide customers with the reliable global connectivity and cloud services they need to take advantage of the Internet of Things wherever they are. Industrial IoT solutions have the potential to bring transparency and intelligence to the global supply chain and by partnering with Microsoft we are making it easier and faster than ever for businesses from all sectors to exploit the technology and achieve competitive advantage.”

Intelligent edge

Sam George, Director of Azure IoT, said: “Microsoft Azure is being built as the world’s computer; extending the reach of our cloud through IoT and intelligent edge services. Our goal is to enable customers to take advantage of connected IoT solutions no matter where they are in their journey. With Inmarsat, customers across industries, from agriculture to mining and logistics sectors, will benefit from the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge with global satellite connectivity in the most remote parts of the globe.”

Inmarsat is a leading provider of mobile satellite connectivity for Industrial IoT deployments across the global supply chain. It has a proven and unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable commercial mobile satellite networks, sustaining business critical applications for 40 years. Its award-winning services are enabling end-to-end transparency across the production, extraction, manufacture and multi-modal transportation of goods.

Inmarsat owns and operates the world’s most reliable L-band satellite network offering 99.9% availability suitable for critical IoT applications, rugged and energy efficient terminals, and low latency data transmission.  It is the ideal connectivity solution for enabling monitoring and automation applications in remote and hostile environments.

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