Thuraya and ViaSat to Partner on New M2M Platform
[Via Satellite 05-20-2014] Thuraya and ViaSat signed an agreement to jointly develop and launch a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) platform, with combined features of M2M-specific products and commercial packages. This joint solution will be an end-to-end service with a relatively low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over its lifetime. The solution will target end-users in the energy, utilities, logistics and enterprise sectors.
“Thuraya recognizes that one of the key drivers of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the growing adoption of M2M technology across industries,” said Randy Roberts, vice president of innovation at Thuraya. “The partnership with ViaSat will enable us to broaden our M2M product portfolio, for both fixed and mobile applications, to better serve our enterprise users’ need for asset tracking and remote monitoring services.”
The service is set to launch in early 2015. The two companies are currently focused on recruiting M2M application developers and improving upon distribution capabilities.