This partnership will focus on improving connectivity for agricultural, transport, mining, and utility companies. Use cases will include tracking and monitoring vehicles, drones, and people, as well as to provide back-up connectivity for critical communications.
Working with Blue Sky Network, M2M Connectivity will provide high quality, affordable dual-mode systems connecting over the Iridium Certus® 100 network. This solution will support mid-band IP data applications with 22 to 88 kbps throughputs — targeting users needing IP connectivity but not the throughput speeds of higher-cost offerings.
The solution uses omnidirectional antennas making it far easier to deploy for both fixed and mobile IoT devices. Using dual mode connectivity, it will also switch from LTE, as primary connectivity, to Iridium Certus’ satellite network as a failover or when assets are out of cellular range.
The announcement strengthens M2M Connectivity’s Satellite IoT capability. In addition to Blue Sky Network, the firm’s partners include: Iridium, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Myriota and Skywave – an Orbcomm company.
M2M Connectivity will initially target Iridium resellers and the sale and distribution of Iridium Certus® 100 approved IoT devices, which are proven on Blue Sky Network’s system.
M2M Connectivity recently helped the Country Fire Authority enhance its critical communications systems using Satellite IoT, and worked with AssetLink Global LLC to launch its Small Vessel Monitoring Solution to equip small-scale fishing vessels with satellite monitoring systems.
“The arrival of lower cost satellite connectivity and a new generation of complementary sensors and devices is accelerating the speed at which IoT solutions can be cost effectively deployed,” said Daryl Chambers, Director at M2M Connectivity. “Our partnership with Blue Sky Network will see M2M Connectivity taking the lead in this space and fill a large gap in the market by making satellite connectivity more accessible and affordable for a broader range of businesses and applications.”
“M2M Connectivity has a strong track record and established reputation as an IoT leader in the Australian market. We are looking forward to seeing the impact our partnership and technology can bring throughout the region,” said Jason Hicks, VP of Business Development, Blue Sky Network.
M2M Connectivity, a Sierra Wireless Company, provides IoT expertise and technology that helps power industries, improve lives, and paves the way for the next generation of wireless innovation. We make wireless work anywhere.
Blue Sky Network is an industry-leading provider of mission-critical fleet management, business continuity, and operational analytics solutions, serving commercial and government customers worldwide. Founded in 2001, Blue Sky Network is the partner of choice to track, manage, and optimize high-value assets in real time anywhere in the world for improved safety, reliability, and operational efficiency. Headquartered in San Diego, California, with dealers in over 50 countries, the company holds Anatel certification and maintains offices in São Paulo, Brazil, and Scottsdale, AZ. Blue Sky Network is an Iridium service partner and VAM.