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Inmarsat joins forces with CPN and MinFarm to simplify connecting low-power wide-area networks to satellite

MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge enables data from IoT sensors operating on low-power wide-area networks (LoRaWAN™) to be transmitted over Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro service
Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has teamed up with CPN Satellite Services and MinFarm Tech to launch the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge incorporating Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) service. The solution enables data from IoT sensors operating on LoRaWAN™ networks to be optimised for transmission over Inmarsat’s IDP service, which will bring much-needed additional connectivity to IoT devices deployed in remote locations across a range of different sectors.

The success of a remote operation – such as dam monitoring or agricultural resource management – depends on having robust, reliable equipment in place to do the job. IoT devices are having a significant impact in this area, due to their ability to record and transfer data in a way that reduces the need for expensive on-site visits and lowers overall maintenance costs. However, operating in remote regions means that backhauling data from LoRaWAN™ networks is not always possible via terrestrial connectivity so posing a connectivity challenge for organisations.

The MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge offers organisations an off-the-shelf and ready-to-use solution to meet these challenges, simplifying the connectivity between sensor and application. Powered by a single 80W solar panel and with battery backup capacity of 2-3 days, the device uses protocol optimisation to forward sensor payload traffic over the high-latency, non-IP packet data satellite services of the Inmarsat IDP. This ensures unrivalled global connectivity, while keeping airtime costs per sensor to a minimum, lowering the complexity of installation and reducing the power requirements at the Edge.

Tara Maclachlan, Vice President of IoT, Enterprise at Inmarsat, commented: “IoT is already proving to be hugely influential in enabling effective remote operations across many different sectors, and we are continually focused on innovation with the objective of making our services even  better. Backhauling LoRaWAN™ network data over satellite utilising the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge is a major step forward in this regard, and one which underscores the strength of the collaboration between Inmarsat, CPN and MinFarm.”

Christian Nicolai, M2M and IoT Consultant at CPN Satellite Services, added: “We are delighted to be launching this product in conjunction with Inmarsat and MinFarm. The MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge will solve some of the major problems facing organisations operating IoT sensors in remote regions. Connecting these devices to Inmarsat satellite networks brings added reliability and resilience, with the guarantee that accurate data can be transmitted and received regardless of location.”

Stephen Lynam, CEO of MinFarm, added: “MinFarm Tech is dedicated to enabling LoRaWAN™ to work seamlessly over satellite networks. We are very excited to partner with Inmarsat and CPN to deliver the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge product. This product will enable customers to pick a truly global and trusted satellite service provider in Inmarsat, while continuing to use their existing LoRaWAN™ hardware and cloud solutions. It promises to be a game-changing technology for the industry.”

The launch of the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge supports Inmarsat’s wide ranging and fully-funded Future Technology Roadmap programme.  In addition to working with partners to introduce new and enhanced services, Inmarsat is undertaking the largest investment in its history to extend the capacity, agility and resilience of its industry-leading space and ground-based infrastructure still further.  This includes two new L-band satellites (I-6 F1 & F2), which are scheduled to launch in 2021 and to take our L-band portfolio into the mid-2030s and beyond, as well as seven further GX Ka-band satellites, which will enter service over the coming four years.

Inmarsat’s Tara Maclachlan commented:  “As the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, we have an ambitious vision for the future and are progressing the most innovative technology development programme in our history to achieve this.  We believe that reliable, agile, seamless connectivity is now more vital than ever and will play a crucial role in accelerating the adoption of digital technology.”

 

ABOUT INMARSAT

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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ABOUT INMARSAT ENTERPRISE

Inmarsat Enterprise is the leading global provider of satellite-enabled managed connectivity services for land-based organisations. We are enabling the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and helping transform business outcomes across a diverse set of sectors, including agriculture, aid and NGO, media, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, transport and utilities.

ABOUT MINFARM

MinFarm is an engineering product company, focused on supporting LoRaWAN™ in remote locations. Our engineering team’s combined skills are in hardware engineering for extreme environments, off-grid power, and software IoT protocol optimization for non-standard satellite links. A focus on developing and testing in remote locations ensures our products work reliably and cost efficiently. MinFarm’s engineering team have over 20 years experience in providing remote communication solutions to support your critical data operations.

For further information, please visit: https://www.minfarmtech.com/

ABOUT CPN SATELLITE SERVICES

CPN Satellite Services GmbH is specialized in innovative solutions for land mobile satellite communication since 1989. We believe in communication without borders. That’s why we make communication possible, no matter where you are. Our company philosophy is focused on the individual demands of our customers. As pioneers in the M2M-market, we offer a complete range of CPN Enclosures including battery backup, power converters, heating, cooling and RTU´s like Moxa or LoRaWan™ Gateways.

For further information, please visit: https://www.cpn.de/en/

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