Palo Alto, USA – London, UK: Skylo and Inmarsat have joined hands to enable the world’s first commercial narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) over satellite solution.
Inmarsat will provide the satellite capacity backbone to deliver its IoT solutions for connecting machines and sensors. Skylo will connect machine data from sensors and IoT devices and move to over satellite network and then delivers information to customers.
Under the agreement, Skylo and Inmarsat will provide the NB-IoT over satellite solution in the markets. The solution is available now in India through a partnership with BSNL and expansion plans will be announced later this year.
NarrowBand-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a standards-based low power wide area (LPWA) technology. It was developed to enable a wide range of new IoT devices and services. It substantially improves the power consumption of user devices, system capacity and spectrum efficiency, even in deep coverage.
“The most effective IoT solutions require a truly resilient and flexible network that can scale as demand grows,” said Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat Chief Executive Officer.
“Inmarsat’s industry-leading L-band network provides a unique capability for enabling the billions of connected IoT devices in India and across the world that are being deployed at an extraordinary speed. We are delighted to work with Skylo to provide the IoT fabric that matches their ambition,” added Suri.
“Skylo makes simple, reliable IoT connectivity available to everyone at disruptively affordable rates,” commented Skylo CEO and Co-Founder Parth Trivedi.
Even more attractive than a sharp increase in adoption due to low barrier-to-entry, is deploying critical new business capabilities as machine data becomes readily available and accessible, according to Trivedi.
“Our global IoT connectivity fabric makes way for thousands of life-changing applications — from managing vaccine efficacy during delivery to advancing precision farming, to providing early warnings in the event of natural disasters,” said Trivedi.
“We look forward to expanding globally and making our platform available to small and large enterprises, companies deploying new sensors, systems integrators, distributors, Governments and OEMs,” concluded Trivedi.