Inmarsat and Galaxy1 Debut Remote Terminal Manager for M2M Portfolio Enables Remote Access and Control of Unmanned M2M Terminals in the Field
San Diego, CA – January 30, 2013 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced the availability of the Remote Terminal Manager, the satellite industry’s first solution to provide management and control over unmanned M2M terminals in the field. Launched at the DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego, the Remote Terminal Manager enables users of Inmarsat’s M2M portfolio services to control their devices remotely, saving the time and expense of having to dispatch teams to troubleshoot or manually reboot terminals.
The Remote Terminal Manager incorporates technology licensed from Galaxy1, an independent satellite communications services provider and member of the Inmarsat partner community.
“The Remote Terminal Manager is an incredibly useful and money saving tool that can be used with a range of Inmarsat M2M services, including BGAN M2M,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Vice President Enterprise Energy, Inmarsat. “The creation and launch of this new, value-added service is a great example of how partners can work directly with us to enhance existing Inmarsat services and, by extension, create new revenue streams for both companies.”
Inmarsat M2M users who deploy the Remote Terminal Manager will see a map of their M2M assets across the globe and the status of those terminals. They will have the ability to control those terminals from a single location, saving time and money and decreasing their network downtime.
A number of Galaxy1 customers already use a form of the application with great success in other capacities. For example, R&M Energy Systems, a key supplier to the oil and gas industry, operates a global SCADA network based on Inmarsat’s BGAN mobile broadband satellite service. With the remote manager technology, R&M is able to have full visibility of its terminals and can restart a monitoring session remotely, when required.
“The Remote Terminal Manager technology is an ideal complement to the Inmarsat M2M portfolio given the fact that terminals in the field are unmanned and frequently in far flung locations,” said Folef Hooft Graafland, Sales Director, Galaxy1. “We’ve deployed the technology with great success for many of our clients and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with Inmarsat within this exciting new partner framework, all with the end-user experience in mind.”
The Remote Terminal Manager will be on display at the DistribuTECH Conference in San Diego (Booth #1151) where Inmarsat will also be showcasing its broader M2M service portfolio, deployed by utilities for data collection, infrastructure monitoring, distribution automation, disaster recovery and communications with the mobile workforce. Inmarsat’s always-on, ubiquitous IP data network powers all M2M services ensuring constant connectivity no matter the conditions or location.