At this point in time, we would be lost without the Internet of Things (IoT). Objects large and small have the capability to communicate with one another without any interaction from a human being whatsoever. Integrated sensors give these objects the intelligence to operate in this manner, and of course, we want this same functionality even in the most remote areas of the world.
Global satellite networks such as Iridium and Inmarsat make satellite IoT possible.
M2M solutions are also necessary for IoT to operate on a truly global level. This technology is what allows machines to communicate with one another around the world so businesses can maintain full functionality even when human operation is not an option.
Between being able to notify team members of pending issues that need to be fixed before they ever become a problem or running day-to-day functions more efficiently than any human ever could, it is hard to argue against M2M for a business’ bottom line. That goes for businesses off the grid as well. It may sound more difficult to integrate, but it’s not when you’re utilizing the very best satellite networks in the world.
Though most industries operating out of range could benefit from satellite IoT, some of the most common include:
Using an M2M network makes it so the communication you require among your most important assets is never compromised. Global operations are enhanced exponentially when utilizing a leading satellite provider and an enhanced M2M solution to create connectivity that would otherwise be impossible.
|Compare||Iridium 9602||Iridium 9603||Iridium 9523|
|Dimensions||41 x 45 x 13 mm||32 x 30 x 8 mm||70 x 36 x 9 mm|
|Weight||1.06 oz||0.40 oz||1.13 oz.|
|Power Required||+5 V +/- 0.5 V||+5 V +/- 0.5 V||+3.2 V to +6 V|
|Average Power Use||Idle 35mA Transmit 140mA Receive 40mA||Idle 34mA Transmit 145mA Receive 39mA||Idle 70mA Transmit 300mA Receive 110mA|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40°C to +85°C||-40°C to +85°C||-30°C to +70°C|
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Another big player in the world of Satellite IoT is Inmarsat. Though its coverage isn’t 100% worldwide like Iridium, it comes very close. If you don’t require remote connections in the polar regions, Inmarsat is a solid choice for your connectivity needs.
Inmarsat makes M2M possible with its Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals. The combined service and advanced devices allow for long-term machine-to-machine management of fixed and mobile assets. Industries requiring off the grid, unmanned location communication and management need not look any further than BGAN M2M.
What you get with Inmarsat BGAN M2M:
Utizling IoT via Inmarsat allows for a range of applications such as:
Relying on M2M communication is vital in any successful operation, but you also need to be confident in its reliability to get the job done. You can be confident that it’s all under control when you use Inmarsat’s network with the complementary BGAN M2M terminals.
Hughes 9502 BGAN M2M
There are two options for the 9502 BGAN M2M. Both offer the same optimal features for offering affordable, global, end-to-end IP data connectivity. The External Antenna option utilizes an outdoor and indoor unit, whereas the integrated terminal utilizes a one-piece design with the highest industry rating for ingress protection for the harshest of environments.
Otherwise, users will receive the same quality and funcitionality that they require with one of these “always-on, low-power, high-speed terminals for seamless M2M connectivity. Features include:
Even power-challenged locations can rely on this seamless communication because of 9502’s extremely low power consumption. This is always-on, low-power (yet high-speed) terminal is one of the most affordable ways to continuously monitor and control unmanned equipment that can’t be operated on a typical terrestrial network.
This terminal is Ideal for any businesses requiring remote management of its fixed and mobile assets. Industries requiring processes such as environmental monitoring, pipeline monitoring, compressor monitoring, well site automation, video surveillance, and out-of-band management to primary site communications will find it especially useful in maintaining a successfully running business operation.
The outdoor unit can be pole mounted and the indoor unit is housed inside a building or remote terminal unit.
This compact antenna is the alternative to the external antenna option.
With the 9502 modem integrated with the compact antenna, this is the best bet for outdoor installation to ensure your connection stays constant even during harsh weather conditions. The single-piece, integrated terminal provides the reliable IP connectivity required for all M2M application requirements. With the included 10 meters of RF cabling, this antenna can be positioned away from the transceiver in order to optimize the connection (while sill enabling the SIM card to be housed inside an enclosure for added security).
The Hughes 9450-C11 BGAN Mobile Satellite Terminal is the world’s smallest mobile BGAN terminal. The complementary mini-antenna can be permanently installed on a moving land vehicle, making it the perfect choice for on the move M2M connectivity. The optional magnetic roof mount can also be used for the utmost flexibility in installation.
Additionally, video, voice, and data can all be used simultaneously. Even where typical connectivity is unavailable, the M2M communication your business requires can function at the same time you’re coordinating with team members. This budget-friendly mobile terminal is especially useful for first responders, public safety personnel, mobile healthcare workers, or any industry that requires on the go communication in remote areas.
Key Features include:
|Compare||Hughes 9502||Hughes 9503||Hughes 9450-C11 Mobile||Wideye Sabre Ranger M2M|
|Form Factor||Separate terminal with external antenna||Single terminal with integrated antenna||Separate terminal with external mobile tracking antenna||Single terminal with integrated antenna|
|Dimensions||Terminal 200 x 150 x 45mm, 1.5kg Antenna 385 x 385 x 33mm||275 x 275 x 84mm||Terminal 281 x 234 x 46 2.3kg Antenna 252 x 119||305 x 186 x 49mm|
|Weight||1.9 kg||3.8 kg||2.0 kg.||1.5 kg.|
|Power Required||12 or 24 VDC||+12 or 24 VDC||12 or 24 VDC||12 – 18 VDC|
|Average Power Use||Transmit: 20W Idle – regional beam: 1W Off: (wake on packet): 50mW||Transmit: 20W Idle – regional beam: 1W Off: (wake on packet): 50mW||Transmit 50W Idle: 25 W||Transmit 50W Idle: 25 W|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40°C to +85°C||-40°C to +85°C||-30°C to +70°C||-30°C to +70°C|
|Services||Standard IP, SMS, BGAN M2M certified||Standard IP, SMS, BGAN M2M certified||Standard IP, SMS, BGAN M2M certified||Standard IP, SMS, BGAN M2M certified|
|Typical Performance||Up to 448/464kbps* (send/receive)||Up to 448/464kbps* (send/receive)||Up to 448/464kbps* (send/receive)||Up to 448/464kbps* (send/receive)|
Inmarsat and cellular network dual-use
The EXPLORER 540 by Cobham is the world’s first and only M2M BGAN terminal that is designed for dual use on the Inmarsat BGAN and on available cellular networks. This option gives you the flexibility to alternate between networks depending on what is available. This results in making the most affordable choice while still getting the seamless M2M functionality required to run your operation effectively.
This is a highly portable option for controlling applications and managing assets in remote or unmanned areas. It is rugged, small, and light and easily adapts to any environment. This, combined with the reliable connectivity you need make it a major player in satellite IoT.
Other features include:
EXPLORER 323 Terminal
BGAN and BGAN M2M for on-the-move connectivity
The Explorer 323 by Cobham is an ultra-compact BGAN and BGAN M2M terminal that’s perfect for on-the-go voice and data satellite communication. This one-piece transceiver/switched beam antenna combo offer the reliable connectivity your business requires in a vehicle roof-mounted device. The unique design is the first of its kind – offering not only operation with BGAN M2M SIM cards but also with the traditional BGAN when communication beyond IoT is required.
Key Features include:
M2M connectivity is essential for running a successful business from afar and off the grid. BGAN M2M ensures that you’re able to manage, track, and monitor your assets and data without ever skipping a beat. Inmarsat’s service guarantees the successful operating of your BGAN M2M terminal. Flexibly priced plans global and regional plans can be found here.