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January 20th, 2015

An Open Strategy Is Launched + Presented To Developers By Inmarsat In London

[SatNews] Open technology platforms have revolutionized the technology industry, increasing levels of innovation and opening up new opportunities for developers and businesses alike.

As part of the development of the next generation of the global mobile satellite technology and applications, Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), will harness this culture of innovation by opening up its platforms to developers to encourage new ideas that will change the way satellite communications are implemented on land, at sea and in the air. The new open technology strategy, announced at the first Inmarsat Developer Conference (IDC), will give the growing Developer Community the freedom to use Inmarsat technologies to develop innovative and bespoke applications.
During the three-day event, which started on January 20, more than 300 software, hardware and application developers will have the opportunity to hear about Inmarsat’s strategy—long term and for the coming year—as well as meet other companies, developers and organisations from across the world that are already using Inmarsat’s infrastructure to develop innovative business solutions. Delegates will also learn how to become an Inmarsat developer through the Certified Application Partner program.
Ian Kennedy of Cisco, a key strategic partner of Inmarsat, delivered the keynote speech on “disruptive innovation in a hyper-connected future.” In his speech, Ian described a vision of a hyper-connected 2020, a future where sensors and actuators are clustered and organised as systems that change the way we live and work.
Inmarsat’s verticals—Maritime, Enterprise, Aviation and Government—will be featured heavily during the event, with experts from across each product market area highlighting the biggest growth areas for satellite communications within each specialist sector, helping developers to pinpoint the best ways to use Inmarsat’s open technologies.
Michele Franci, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat, said, “We recognize the constant need for people and things to be connected regardless of time or location. We have been providing global mobile connectivity for decades and want to leverage this position to facilitate the development of new applications, enhancing the way in which people interact with our technologies. Our new open technology approach, based on building blocks made easily available, will allow both new and existing partners to take advantage of our cutting edge technology, particularly Global Xpress, as a platform on which to build bespoke applications in new areas. This is the first IDC we are holding and I personally look forward to welcoming new developers into our already impressive community.”
The event is being conducted at Inmarsat’s headquarters, located at 99 City Road in London.

The Inmarsat infosite offers additional event information at http://www.inmarsat.com/inmarsat-developer-conference