Inmarsat, a global leader in mobile satellite communications, has announced a partnership with Microsoft that will improve supply chain visibility and allow customers in the transportation and logistics sectors to transfer Industrial IoT (IIOT) data to the cloud.
According to a statement, the customers will be able to access Inmarsat’s global satellite communications network and connect their IIOT infrastructure to Microsoft’s Azure IoT Central Platform.
In addition, the deal will also offer customers a variety of tools that will help connect anything to anything and bring together assets in the physical world with applications in the digital sphere, no matter how remote.
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Tara MacLachlan, Inmarsat’s VP of IIOT Strategy, said: “This collaboration with Microsoft Azure is central to our Industrial IoT strategy and will enable our customers to access the data generated and processed by our intelligent edge IoT solutions, regardless of where their infrastructure is located.
Our new collaboration with @msPartner will enable the transfer of data from #IIoT solutions to the @Azure #IoT platform via our #satcoms to support digitalisation and visibility across the #globalsupplychain. #mining #agriculture #transportation #logistics https://t.co/KIfswwBAmU pic.twitter.com/dqSaudyC1M
— Inmarsat (@InmarsatGlobal) February 25, 2019
“Analysing this data and using it to optimize operations is where the fundamental value of IoT resides, and the applications that Microsoft can deliver through Azure and IoT cloud solutions will be critical to delivering this value to our customers.”
Sam George, Director Azure IOT, also commented: “Microsoft Azure is being built as the world’s computer; extending the reach of our cloud through IoT and intelligent edge services.
“Our goal is to enable customers to take advantage of connected IoT solutions no matter where they are in their journey.
“With Inmarsat, customers across industries from agriculture to mining and logistics sectors, will benefit from the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge with global satellite connectivity in the most remote parts of the globe.”