13 November 2017: Inmarsat has agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with Pessl Instruments, a leading provider of advanced agriculture technology solutions, to become its sole connectivity and platforms provider.
The partnership promises to speed up the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the agricultural sector by making it possible for customers to take advantage of IoT anywhere in the world.
Pessl Instruments offers solutions for more informed decision-making in the agricultural sector, including a complete range of wireless, real-time weather, insect, crop growth and real nutrient status solutions.
Its agritech business, which also operates under the METOS® brand, has a direct presence in 13 countries and distribution channels in over 80 countries around the world.
By integrating Inmarsat’s range of IoT capabilities including LoRaWAN (LPWAN), global L-band satellite network and data platforms, with Pessel’s smart agriculture technology, bespoke IoT solutions can be offer to customers in even the most remote and rural locations, helping them to become more efficient and increase productivity.
Gottfried Pessl, Founder and CEO of Pessl Instruments, said: “The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting new technologies to hit the farming and agriculture sectors for decades and the technology is fast leading to the emergence of a cleaner, more sustainable and more profitable industry.
“Demand for IoT-based solutions is rapidly increasing, which is why we believe that the time is now right for Pessl to enter into a partnership with Inmarsat. By combining our respective expertise and capabilities, we can extend our reach and support our customers with bespoke IoT solutions wherever they are around the world.”
Simon Fisk, Senior Vice President of Inmarsat Enterprise, added: “IoT-based solutions have been around for a number of years and their utility in the agriculture sector is proven. The agriculture sector faces challenges with globally diverse locations and significant land mass coverage, which has limited the roll out of advanced IoT solutions.
“Inmarsat is able to deliver a unique mix of LPWAN and satellite technologies anywhere on the planet that provides a complete solution to enable remote data collection, analytics and automation. Joining forces with Pessl will enable us to have a transformative impact on the farming sector.”