Below is our recent interview with Mike Carter, President at Inmarsat:
Q: Mike, can you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Inmarsat is a leading global satellite operator with innovative, multi-dimensional communications networks, including a portfolio of both low earth orbit and geostationary orbit satellite capabilities. As a heritage company of over 40 years, Inmarsat’s proven track record of operating one of the world’s most reliable and far-reaching satellite networks, makes us a perfect connectivity partner for IoT.
Through this seamless connectivity, Inmarsat Enterprise is enabling the next wave of world-changing technologies that the connected society and a sustainable future will be built upon. Technologies such as remote monitoring and automation services are powering digitalization and driving efficiency across a range of industry sectors including mining, agriculture, energy, transport and utilities. The end-to-end IoT services we enable are helping businesses – from start-ups to multinationals – develop capabilities such as mission critical connectivity, remote communications, and operational monitoring – even in the remotest areas of the planet.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: Inmarsat launched ELEVATE: a new partner program acting as a support framework for businesses throughout the IoT ecosystem. The program will also aid rapid growth in Industrial IoT by creating a ‘one stop shop’ for organizations’ IoT needs.
As more businesses recognize the benefits IoT technologies can bring their operations – and the world, the ELEVATE program aims to be a partner for those looking to accelerate the next wave of IoT adoption. With a pressing need to address the big challenges faced by the planet, the program will support the quest to build a more sustainable, efficient global supply chain through IoT.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: The program provides three pillars of support. Firstly, a development program – enabling our partners to harness new commercial opportunities and scale faster by embedding our unmatched ELERA satellite network capabilities into their IoT solutions. Secondly, an IoT ecosystem – offers opportunities to collaborate and share expertise with other members of the satellite IoT sector. Finally, an online marketplace ensures IoT solutions are available to anyone, anywhere in the world, no matter how remote.
ELEVATE will support IoT innovators in realizing the true extent of their capabilities, with a community backbone creating a platform for openly sharing the ideas and technological expertise needed to drive invention. To ensure their success, our dedicated technical teams help partners test, integrate and optimize their products with our connectivity. And for those struggling to access the capital needed to fund this growth, the ecosystem also offers financial services specially designed to facilitate such investment, further strengthening the industry’s growth.
Overall, our aim is to increase access to expertise and technological strength for the benefit of organizations, big and small. This way, we will encourage IoT scale-up and the operational efficiencies it will bring.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: In the next few months, we are aiming to open ELEVATE up to a wider base of IoT partners and really kick-start our overarching goal of helping them achieve significant growth in IoT adoption over the next few years.
We also aim to share our ELERA network – the most reliable network for IoT and secure narrowband connectivity – with a growing community of ELEVATE partners. This will ensure businesses in all sectors receive the most advanced, extensive and efficient connectivity service for their operations.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: At Inmarsat Enterprise, we are incredibly proud to work with organisations in some of the most remote regions of the planet to contribute to our collective understanding of the world’s most urgent challenges. IoT monitoring in remote locations enables us to automatically measure the subtlest of changes on the surface of the planet, reliably consolidate that data into systems which turn it into useful information to calculate trends and predict – and hopefully prevent – the effects of climate change.
For instance, our connectivity enables remote weather and sea level monitoring in the Pacific Islands. In one of the world’s remotest and most climate-impacted regions, understanding more about weather systems and how they are changing, is helping local populations plan to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change through improved cyclone, drought, and flood resilience. It also advances scientific understanding of how climate change is reshaping weather patterns globally.
Additionally, the data gathered during the tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai volcano in the Tongan archipelago in January 2022, enabled Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office to assess whether tsunami waves had affected its northern islands and monitor for smaller eruptions in the following days. Our connectivity also supported the provision of weather information for initial flyovers of tsunami and ash-impacted islands. Inmarsat Enterprise also aided the humanitarian response in Tonga, providing free airtime for IsatPhone2 users known to be involved, aiding essential communications while the undersea telephone cable, severed in the eruption, was down.