Iridium has announced that its Iridium CloudConnect satellite Cloud-based system for Internet of Things (IoT) applications has now gone live on a global basis, leveraging Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) network infrastructure to support customers’ IoT applications.
Iridium’s partnership with AWS was first announced in 2018, as the company looked to extend the range of services available to users of its next generation Certus network, which became commercially available in early 2019.
The CloudConnect offering combines the global connectivity available through the Iridium network with AWS’ infrastructure and services to support new IoT products and applications, which Iridium says should allow customers to reduce engineering time and costs, while also driving faster development and deployment.
The new service translates data using industry-standard Cloud protocols into a format compatible with Iridium’s Short Burst Data service, to allow IoT devices connected through the Iridium network to speak natively with AWS IoT services, as well as other value-added elements available through the AWS Marketplace.
For existing AWS customers, CloudConnect will also provide the ability to expand their current service footprint beyond terrestrial coverage to new users, through the addition of satellite connectivity.
“There’s been great anticipation for this service since it was first announced, and now our partners and customers can easily experience the full power of IoT using AWS, combined with the only network offering truly global coverage,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium.
“We’ve built a direct, private connection between our gateway and AWS, making it secure and redundant. This is now a premier satellite Cloud-based IoT service.”