Ground Control Join Inmarsat ELEVATE Program; Focuses on Satellite IoT

Inmarsat, a leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has launched an IoT service plan to drive growth and generate long-term business for its distribution partners. The service plan will be available to distribution partners who have signed up for its ELEVATE program, with remote connectivity solutions provider, Ground Control, the first business to benefit from the offering.

Inmarsat’s ‘Internet of Things Growth Plan’ will give distribution partners access to a preferential pricing framework to help build competitive large-scale IoT solutions using the BGAN M2M service. The pricing plan is the latest benefit to be enjoyed by members of ELEVATE, the goal of which is to attract innovative, fast-moving IoT solution providers into the BGAN M2M fold.

With Inmarsat and Ground Control building on their existing relationship and pledging closer strategic alignment going forward, the latter will unlock value from the new pricing model as the businesses look to work together on larger-scale, global IoT projects over the coming months.

The pair also plan to develop several joint solutions for the ELEVATE marketplace in the future. Ground Control expects to introduce some of its existing solutions to the ecosystem in the meantime, including integrating all BGAN M2M airtime packages into its next-generation data and device management platform, Cloudloop. This will enable existing and future customers to track, monitor and control their BGAN M2M terminals from any location.

The pricing framework will be available to all distribution partners when they sign-up to the ELEVATE program going forward, delivering significant cost benefits for themselves and their end users, in addition to gaining access to broader capabilities and solutions via the partner ecosystem.

Inmarsat’s ELEVATE program is open to new entrants, disruptors and established brands that have developed an innovative digital product or service but may need additional support to exploit the benefits of satellite-enabled IoT solutions. Inmarsat provides dedicated technical guidance on how to integrate and support its highly reliable satellite services, go-to-market strategy planning and exposure to the Inmarsat distribution channel to enable access to new markets.

Providers working across a diverse range of industries, including agriculture, aid and NGOs, energy, exploration and leisure, media, mining, transport and utilities, as well as agnostic technology providers, will be considered for membership.

Organizations can register or learn more about Inmarsat’s ELEVATE Programme here.