The Inmarsat IoT solution operates on LoRaWAN™ Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) that are designed to optimise for battery life, range, indoor-outdoor coverage, bi-directionality and cost. It also utilises sensors and applications that are built to send small amounts of data over long distances, a few times per hour from varying environments, in addition to sensors in the field, which collect data and send short packets (chirps) of data to the gateway(s) with which it is associated and which are also located in the field.
The gateway in turn functions as a transparent bridge to forward/receive packets from the sensors to a cloud-based network server via backhaul (satellite, Ethernet, cellular, Wi-Fi). Inmarsat Satellite technologies are used to backhaul data – typically collected in remote regions where traditional terrestrial networks are lacking and/or unreliable. Additionally, as a singular operator, Inmarsat removes the burden of dealing with multiple carriers across geographical dispersed regions and countries.