Inmarsat and Microsoft Azure IoT deliver cloud services via satellite

Inmarsat, the mobile satellite communications services company has entered into a collaboration agreement with Microsoft.

This partnership will enable Inmarsat’s customers to transfer data collected through their Industrial IoT solutions to the Microsoft Azure IoT Central platform.

Under the agreement, the announcement says that Microsoft Azure customers will also be able to access Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network, enabling them to connect their IoT infrastructure to cloud-based applications via the one of the world’s most reliable mobile connectivity networks.

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Paul Gudonis, president of Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “Our relationship with Microsoft Azure will provide customers with the reliable global connectivity and cloud services they need to take advantage of the Internet of Things wherever they are. Industrial IoT solutions have the potential to bring transparency and intelligence to the global supply chain and by partnering with Microsoft we are making it easier and faster than ever for businesses from all sectors to exploit the technology and achieve competitive advantage.”

Initially, the collaboration will focus on the delivery of Industrial IoT-based solutions to the agriculture, mining, transportation and logistics sectors, supporting digitalisation and visibility improvements across the global supply chain.

As a result, customers will gain access to a variety of tools that will help connect ‘anything to anything’, bringing together assets in the physical world with applications in the digital world, no matter how remote the location — the digital twin springs to mind!

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Commenting on the relationship with Microsoft, Tara MacLachlan, Inmarsat’s VP of Industrial IoT Strategy, said: “This collaboration with Microsoft Azure is central to our Industrial IoT strategy and will enable our customers to access the data generated and processed by our intelligent edge IoT solutions, regardless of where their infrastructure is located. Analysing this data and using it to optimise operations is where the fundamental value of IoT resides, and the applications that Microsoft can deliver through Azure and IoT cloud solutions will be critical to delivering this value to our customers.”

Sam George, director, Azure IoT said, “Microsoft Azure is being built as the world’s computer; extending the reach of our cloud through IoT and intelligent edge services. Our goal is to enable customers to take advantage of connected IoT solutions no matter where they are in their journey. With Inmarsat, customers across industries from agriculture to mining and logistics sectors, will benefit from the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge with global satellite connectivity in the most remote parts of the globe.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...