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Iridium Debuts New Satellite IoT Messaging Transport

By Rachel Jewett | December 21, 2022

    Rendering of Iridium Next satellite. Photo: Iridium

    Iridium Communications debuted a new satellite IoT messaging service on Wednesday, Iridium Messaging Transport (IMT). It’s a two-way cloud-native networked data service optimized for Iridium Certus to make it easier to add satellite connections to existing or new IoT solutions. 

    IMT is an an IP data transport service designed for small to moderate-sized messages for satellite IoT applications, and integrated with Iridium CloudConnect and Amazon Web Services (AWS).  

    “The launch of Iridium Messaging Transport adds another powerful capability to the Iridium Certus portfolio and another value-added service for our partners and the growing IoT market,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Iridium. “Our partners are excited about IMT as it will make it faster and easier for them to add Iridium satellite connectivity to new and existing solutions needed across a number of industries.”

    Iridium partners Ground Control and MetOcean Telematics built early products with IMT. Ground Control built RockREMOTE, a terminal designed for messaging for industrial IoT applications including oil and gas and mining. MetOcean Telematics developed the STREAM+ transceiver  product line. 

    IMT is currently available for the Iridium Certus 100 service and will be introduced on Iridium Certus 200, 350, and 700 planned for the first quarter of 2023.