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Satellite comms specialists launch remote asset management service

12 August 2011

Mobile satellite communications services provider, Inmarsat and SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of communication services for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, have launched IsatData Pro, a low data rate service for managing remote assets around the world. The service is claimed to offer a significant increase in payload capacity compared with other satellite-based M2M services in the market, delivering up to 10,000 bytes to the device and up to 6,400 bytes from the device.

Other global M2M satellite services currently available offer data connectivity at between 270 and 340 bytes. By delivering up to 37 times more data, IsatData Pro can meet the increasing demand for richer information in M2M applications, and allows businesses to share more data across diverse operations, via emails, electronic forms and workflow information.  Applications include vehicle telemetry information, text-messaging remote workers, maintaining up-to-date driver logs, and the remote management and control of fixed assets.


For mission critical applications, IsatData Pro can transmit a 100 byte message in less than 15 seconds, or a 1,000 byte message in 45 seconds – ideal for sending information to drivers operating in high-risk areas, or for the effective use of sensors to closely manage remote equipment.


“The M2M market is set to continue its rapid growth globally, but it is currently under-served by services that cannot match the increasing data demands,” said Drew Brandy, Director of Land Services at Inmarsat.  “By supporting a significant increase in the size of M2M messages, IsatData Pro will provide better visibility of business operations, allow for risks to be managed more effectively, and deliver enhanced efficiencies.  Furthermore it does so with the support of the most reliable global mobile satellite network, the Inmarsat-4s, which have an expected operational lifetime into the 2020s.”


“IsatData Pro is a real game changer for our clients, for Inmarsat and for us,” said Sean Faulkner, Vice President for IsatData Pro at SkyWave Mobile Communications.  “Previously limited to a few bytes of information, transportation companies can now go from tracking and monitoring for security purposes, to using the enhanced data to provide logistic services. Utilities can send more data, more reliably, from multiple sensors.  SCADA applications can go from alarm monitoring to really driving the performance and value of equipment.  It enables organisations to stay in touch with remote assets and workers where, previously, this was technically impossible or prohibited by cost.”


SkyWave offers a series of fully-functional satellite terminals, modems and software tools to support the rapid integration of applications.  A number of partners around the world are now integrating IsatData Pro into their applications that support the transportation, oil & gas, utilities, SCADA, maritime, defence & security, commercial fishing and heavy equipment sectors.


SkyWave’s IDP 600 series of all-weather data terminals include integrated GPS, as well as digital and analog ports for connecting sensors to relay data such as fuel levels, engine temperature and speed. Serial interfaces provide access to the detailed diagnostic and operation information necessary to increase visibility of how equipment is being used and to improve business productivity.  GUI-based programming tools enable solution providers to customise the operation of the terminals to offer their own unique solutions.

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