M2M network services provider Stream Communications announced today (25 April 2014) that the final stages of the integration with satellite operator Inmarsat has been completed and that BGAN-M2M is now available as a live, commercial service on the OaSys platform.
The move follows Inmarsat’s appointment of Stream as a distribution partner for M2M in November 2013. Martin Wiesner, Stream’s director of Satellite M2M, said: “Inmarsat and Stream share similar philosophies when it comes to service quality, so it’s no surprise that every aspect of our system was rigorously tested and every process was scrutinised.
“Knowing that we comply with Inmarsat’s requirements was reassuring both to us and our customers who have come to expect only the best from Stream. It also highlights the high level of M2M expertise within our organisation.
Inmarsat’s new BGAN-M2M service is ideally suited for backhauling data in a drop-in network environment, especially in remote locations. Having just won the Scottish Enterprise Smart Award, which focused heavily on drop-in network technology, this becomes even more relevant for Stream.
Furthermore, with satellite and 3G/4G services side-by-side on their OaSys platform, the co-existence of multiple technologies becomes available to a wider audience. A device agnostic system removes the barrier to entry so often faced by new customers.
“There are many GSM users who may need satellite services in some parts of the world but they lack the know-how to invest in this technology, plus they don’t want the added effort of another platform and billing system. If they are Stream customers then we’ve already done the hard work for them and they can keep using the platform they trust,” explained Wiesner.