Inmarsat partners CPN, MinFarm for IoT satellite services

Inmarsat, CPN and MinFarm partner for IoT satellite services

25 August 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Inmarsat has partnered with CPN Satellite Services and MinFarm Tech to launch the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge using 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.

“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,” said Tara Maclachlan, vice president of IoT, Enterprise at Inmarsat.

“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.”

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.

Using 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 resilient global connectivity, while keeping airtime costs per sensor to a minimum, lowering the complexity of installation and reducing the power requirements at the Edge.

“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,” added Christian Nicolai, M2M and IoT consultant at CPN Satellite Services.

“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.”

The launch of the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge supports Inmarsat’s Future Technology Roadmap programme. In addition to working with partners to introduce new and enhanced services, Inmarsat said it is investing to extend the capacity, agility and resilience of its space and ground-based infrastructure. 

“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,” said Stephen Lynam, CEO of MinFarm.

“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.”