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New BGAN M2M products lets machines talk across the globe

Hughes HNS-9502 M2M BGAN

Inmarsat has launched BGAN M2M, a new two-way IP data service targeting the growing global market for machine-to-machine communications. BGAN M2M provides a low-cost solution to support real-time M2M applications. The service is suitable for M2M applications that would typically send between 1Mb and 50Mb per terminal per month.

Target markets
This offers a scalable solution for smart metering, SCADA, remote asset monitoring, meteorological and environmental data reporting, and other telemetry requirements. The new fixed service will be targeted at a range of market sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, government and retail banking. BGAN M2M will be available from 15 February 2012 through existing BGAN distribution partners and service providers, offering value-added applications and service integration.

The service launches with the Hughes 9502 BGAN M2M terminal, building on the highly-successful Hughes 9201-M2M product. "BGAN M2M is a new service that is made-to-measure for the M2M market," said Drew Brandy, vice-president, Industry, at Inmarsat. "Its combination of hardware, airtime, service and support is optimised for the unique requirements of the M2M market, and will address a broad range of M2M needs.

End-to-end capability
"BGAN M2M runs on a stable satellite network that offers high reliability, and which is designed specifically for IP data. "It extends the reach of M2M applications to cover infrastructure assets that are remote or geographically dispersed." The service's end-to-end capability and its simple integration path complement other M2M services that use terrestrial communications. Ultimately it provides a business with confidence that its entire infrastructure and operations can leverage the benefits of M2M no matter where they are located.

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