New service uses Inmarsat satellites to provide remote management and communication with mobile and fixed assets for M2M market
Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has entered into an agreement with SkyWave Mobile Communications to serve as the first Inmarsat Distribution Partner for IsatData Pro products and service. SkyWave and Inmarsat jointly announced the global availability of IsatData Pro on August 4, 2011.
IsatData Pro utilizes the global Inmarsat satellite constellation to provide remote management and communication with mobile and fixed assets worldwide. It delivers up to 37 times the data capability of competing services. Near real-time messages of up to 10,000 bytes to the device, and up to 6,400 bytes from the device, meet the increasing demand for higher data speeds in machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions.
The new IsatData Pro service supports a wide range of security and location-based services in the fast-growing M2M market. These include: tracking and in-cab messaging for commercial transportation and government fleets; transmitting telemetry information from oil & gas distribution equipment; and remote management and control of fixed assets.
Stratos will market IsatData Pro to users in the government and land-transportation markets, and as a Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) solution to oil & gas and utilities sectors. For the oil & gas and utilities sectors, Stratos will integrate IsatData Pro with StratosiWare, an IP-based fully managed end-to-end SCADA solution. At any desired polling interval, the scalable StratosiWare service automatically interrogates SCADA field devices and transmits data via satellite, radio or microwave across the global StratosNexus telecommunications infrastructure to Stratos Data Centers worldwide.
“IsatData Pro is a global service that offers greater packet data capability, scalability and reliability than competing M2M communications solutions, at compelling economics,” said Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm. “The ability to send and receive more data from remote assets will provide customers with better visibility of business operations, thus enabling them to manage risks more effectively.”
SkyWave CEO and Managing Director Pui-Ling Stanley Chan said, “With its strong reputation for value-added services and global customer support, Stratos is ideally suited to bring the advantages of IsatData Pro to our most critical target markets. We look forward to working closely with Stratos experts to meet the individual needs of customers.”
IsatData Pro from Stratos is ideal for time-critical applications. The very low latency of messages transmitted means asset owners and managers can exchange information in near real-time. For example, this is an advantage for sending information to drivers operating in high-risk areas, or for receiving error logs from remote equipment or sensors in an emergency. The IsatData Pro hardware portfolio manufactured by SkyWave includes rugged, environmentally sealed terminals, ready for immediate use on mobile and fixed assets.
An IsatData Pro-based SCADA network will serve as the perfect complement to the StratosiWare SCADA solution. The IsatData Pro service serves as a robust end-to-end network service to StratosiWare, ensuring seamless connectivity in case of extreme weather. More than 8,000 Stratos SCADA terminals have been deployed for a wide range of markets across the United States. More information on IsatData Pro from Stratos is available at www.stratosglobal.com/isatdatapro.
Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT) 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. The Company’s services are delivered through a global network of more than 400 distribution partners and service providers operating in 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
About SkyWave Mobile Communications
SkyWave Mobile Communications is a global provider of satellite communication equipment and airtime services for M2M applications. Using the global Inmarsat satellite constellation, SkyWave’s products provide dependable communication, tracking, monitoring and remote management of fixed and mobile assets. Over the past 14 years, SkyWave has designed, manufactured and shipped more than 400,000 satellite terminals to customers in the transportation, maritime, oil and gas, heavy equipment, utilities and government sectors. IsatData Pro is an Inmarsat trademark used under license by SkyWave Mobile Communications. For more information, please visit www.skywave.com.
Stratos is the world’s trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world’s oceans. Stratos is a wholly owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc. For more information, visit www.stratosglobal.com.