Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite communications provider, has agreed to enter into a strategic partnership with Pessl Instruments, a leading provider of advanced agriculture technology solutions, to become its sole connectivity and platforms provider. The partnership promises to speed up the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in the agricultural sector by making it possible for customers to take advantage of IoT anywhere on the planet.
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Austria, Pessl Instruments offers solutions for more informed decision-making in the agricultural sector, including a complete range of wireless, real-time weather, insect, crop growth and real nutrient status solutions. The agritech business, which also operates under the METOS brand, has a direct presence in 13 countries and distribution channels in over 80 countries around the world.
By partnering with Inmarsat, and integrating Inmarsat’s range of IoT capabilities including LoRaWAN (LPWAN), global L-band satellite network and data platforms, with its smart agriculture technology, both Pessl and Inmarsat will be able to offer bespoke IoT solutions to their customers in even the most remote and rural locations around the world, helping them to become more efficient and increase productivity.
Commenting on the partnership with Inmarsat, Gottfried Pessl, founder and CEO of Pessl Instruments, said: “The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting new technologies to hit the farming and agriculture sectors for decades and the technology is fast leading to the emergence of a cleaner, more sustainable and more profitable industry. Demand for IoT-based solutions is rapidly increasing, which is why we believe that the time is now right for Pessl to enter into a partnership with Inmarsat. By combining our respective expertise and capabilities, we can extend our reach and support our customers with bespoke IoT solutions wherever they are around the world.”
Simon Fisk, senior vice president of Inmarsat Enterprise, added: “IoT-based solutions have been around for a number of years and their utility in the agriculture sector is proven. The agriculture sector faces challenges with globally diverse locations and significant land mass coverage, which has limited the roll out of advanced IoT solutions. Inmarsat is able to deliver a unique mix of LPWAN and satellite technologies anywhere on the planet that provides a complete solution to enable remote data collection, analytics and automation. Joining forces with Pessl will enable us to have a transformative impact on the farming sector.”