Inmarsat and Orbcomm have extended their Internet of Things (IoT) partnership through at least 2035 to collaborate on product innovation, IoT satellite service distribution and telematics devices, the companies announced Tuesday.
Inmarsat is working with Orbcomm, an Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) hardware and software company to develop its OGx service. The OGx network, which is expected to be available in 2022, will incorporate Inmarsat's current IDP service, and will be supported by Inmarsat's L-band constellations, including the current I-4 constellation and the upcoming sixth generation (I-6) constellation.
The companies are developing two offerings for the service, a high data rate service and a service geared to remote monitoring and remote sensing applications that supports a daily message for multiple years on a satellite terminal utilizing a single AA battery. As part of the partnership, Inmarsat will also distribute Orbcomm's OGx telematics devices targeting Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Value-Added Resellers (VARs).
"Through our enduring strategic partnership with Orbcomm we are seeing an extensive global market opportunity for our L-band IoT services, which enable increased business value to industries with remote operations," Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat's CEO commented. "As the digital world continues to evolve, together Inmarsat and Orbcomm will play a pivotal role in providing unparalleled network connectivity and best-in-class IoT solutions that will enable nearly every type of industrial asset to be smart and remotely connected."