Industry heavyweights plan global IoT network
Written by: Philip Mason | Published:

Inmarsat has partnered with telecommunications provider JT Group, enabling what it calls a "holistic connectivity solution for Internet of Things technology." The planned global network will combine Inmarsat’s satellite communication infrastructure, combined with cellular data provided by the latter company.

According to a statement, the two companies have already worked together with another company - Actility - to establish a smart city solution in Kigali, Rwanda. The system uses JT Groups’s M2M sim cards, situated within Actility’s base stations to create the connectivity gateways. This has facilitated, amongst other things, a smart bus project, real-time air pollution monitoring, and 'precision farming.'

Speaking of the partnership, president of Inmarsat Enterprise Paul Gudonis said: “Integrating a global cellular solution with our satellite communication network means that we can provide all of the connectivity necessary for an IoT installation, to anywhere in the world. This gives us a much more powerful offering when we bring our IoT solutions to the market, as it means our customers only need to liaise with one provider.”

Tom Noel, managing director at JT Group said: “With over 600 direct roaming partners, we can offer a multi-network communications solution that spans almost every country in the world. We are looking forward to taking this partnership with Inmarsat forward."

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