Satnews Daily
February 26th, 2019

An IoT Collaboration Between Inmarsat and Microsoft

Inmarsat has entered into a collaboration agreement with Microsoft that will enable Inmarsat’s customers to transfer data collected through their Industrial IoT solutions to the Microsoft Azure IoT Central platform.

Under the agreement, 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 world’s most reliable mobile connectivity network.

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

Executive Comments

Commenting on the relationship with Microsoft, Tara MacLachlan, Inmarsat’s VP of Industrial IoT Strategy, said this collaboration with Microsoft Azure is central to the company's Industrial IoT (IIoT) strategy and will enable customers to access the data generated and processed by the firm's intelligent edge IoT solutions, regardless of where their infrastructure is located. Analyzing this data and using it to optimize 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 customers.

Paul Gudonis, President of Inmarsat Enterprise, added that this 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 the company is making it easier and faster than ever for businesses from all sectors to exploit the technology and achieve competitive advantage.

Sam George, Director, Azure IoT said Microsoft Azure is being built as the world’s computer; extending the reach of the cloud through IoT and intelligent edge services. The company's 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.