Shipping companies can use L-band satellite communications for internet of things (IoT) applications after a new service was launched by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Iridium Communications
This combines Amazon’s infrastructure and services with Iridium’s connectivity using a new constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
Iridium CloudConnect is one of the first satellite cloud-based solutions for maritime IoT applications, used by shipowners to reduce operating costs by monitoring fuel consumption and machinery performance.
Iridium executive vice president, sales and marketing Bryan Hartin said IoT applications will be introduced to assist owners in improving maintenance and vessel operations.
“We have built a direct, private connection between our gateway and AWS, making it secure and redundant,” he said. “This is now a premier satellite cloud-based IoT service and customers can easily experience the full power of IoT using AWS.”
CloudConnect combines industry-standard cloud protocols and Iridium’s Short Burst Data service, enabling any IoT device connected through the LEO network to speak natively with AWS IoT services and other value-added elements available in AWS Marketplace.
Iridium operates a constellation of 66 crosslinked LEO satellites that provides connectivity globally, including over the polar regions.
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