Iridium launches satellite IoT service for Certus

Iridium has launched its new Iridium Messaging Transport (IMT) service, a two-way cloud-native networked data system for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, optimised for use over Iridium Certus.

IMT provides IP data transport for small-to-moderate-sized messages and is integrated with Iridium CloudConnect and Amazon Web Services (AWS). It is now available for the Iridium Certus 100 model, with introduction on Iridium Certus 200, 350 and 700 planned for the first quarter of 2023.

As a connectionless messaging service, IMT aligns with current server-device message constructs using hubs, Pub/Sub or queues, depending on the application platform. The service can be used by customer applications that are ‘store and forward’ or have small amounts of data traffic and do not require a persistent connection between servers.

The system employs the Iridium CloudConnect model of server-side message processing and utilises industry-standard protocols and technology for managing and delivering messages in the cloud, including MQTT, HTTPS and WebSocket (WSS).

“The launch of Iridium Messaging Transport adds another powerful capability to the Iridium Certus portfolio and another value-added service for our partners and the growing IoT market,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium.

“Our partners are excited about IMT as it will make it faster and easier for them to add Iridium satellite connectivity to new and existing solutions needed across a number of industries.”

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