Developers invited to join the new ‘space race’ at Inmarsat’s 2016 Conference

Prominent industry experts including Ford and SpaceX to join Inmarsat Developer Conference 2016

26 November 2015: Inmarsat today confirmed the second annual Inmarsat Developer Conference 2016 (IDC 16) will take place in London 29 February to 1 March 2016, following its highly successful inaugural event this year. Inmarsat is inviting software, hardware and application developers to learn about the latest development opportunities for the creation of innovative solutions utilising Inmarsat’s L-band and Global Xpress (Ka-band) networks.

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“Inmarsat is investing $1.6bn in its new satellite communications constellation and ground network.  Satellite communications can greatly enhance and extend the delivery of high-speed broadband services but we believe that large satellite infrastructure investments are only part of the story when it comes to delivering innovative communications anywhere in the world,” said Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat. “Taking satellite services to end-users in the form of software, hardware and applications is just as important as the infrastructure on which they’re based. It’s for this reason we are focused on forging new partnerships for innovation and growth by building a thriving developer community.”

Inmarsat’s open technology strategy, announced in January this year at the first IDC, has given the growing developer community the freedom to utilise Inmarsat technologies to develop innovative and bespoke applications, based on cutting edge technology. The latest development opportunities are set to be unveiled at the industry event next year.

Featured on the agenda, Scott Lyons of Ford Connected Vehicle & Services Organisation, will deliver the keynote speech on “what does the connected car really mean for today’s drivers?” In his speech Scott will describe Ford’s vision for the connected car, specifically related to driver safety. The President and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell will also attend IDC 16 and will take part in a “fireside chat” with Michele Franci to discuss where they think satellite communications will be in 30 years’ time.

During the two-day event, over 500 software, hardware and application developers will have the opportunity to respond to many new Inmarsat development opportunities; among these, just to mention a few, are aircraft data in the cloud, fisheries apps for Fleet One and BGAN terminals dedicated to IoT. The Conference will consist of technical sessions, hands-on workshops, briefings on the satellite communications industry and existing Inmarsat developer stories.

The event will be held on 29 February – 1 March 2016 at the Park Plaza Hotel, London, UK.

 

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).

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