Thuraya launches M2M service

Mobile satellite services operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched a dedicated M2M service and terminal that is available across its extensive coverage area and for the first time over North America, the company said.

The launch builds on the momentum of existing M2M solutions offered from Thuraya´s network of device and application development partners and is part of the company´s overall M2M strategy.

Thuraya´s strategy is founded on the fact that more than one solution is needed to address the requirements of all M2M applications in the future. Based on the growth of M2M and the coming explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), Thuraya is developing solutions to address low data rate (LDR), medium data rate (MDR) and high data rate (HDR) requirements for a range of market segments. The launch of this new service addresses the market requirements for the MDR tier of applications.

Working in partnership with ViaSat, Thuraya is expanding the reach of its coverage area to include North America for the first time. The robust IP-based, secure two-way communications M2M network already enables real-time M2M and IoT application deployment beyond the confines of traditional cellular networks. The partnership with ViaSat extends that capability into this key new geographical market.

Thuraya´s range of third-party certified LDR M2M solutions currently includes SMC´s mobile asset tracking; Seven Technologies´ remote link for fixed M2M applications; the Ibexis telemetry data logger; and Digital Barriers´ seismic sensor mesh network.