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Inmarsat helps Pessl bring IoT to agriculture

Steve Rogerson
November 16, 2017



Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat is partnering agriculture technology company Pessl Instruments to speed up the adoption of the IoT in the agricultural sector, by making it possible for users to take advantage of IoT anywhere on the planet.
 
Pessl can now offer bespoke IoT services to its customers in even the most remote and rural locations around the world, thanks to Inmarsat’s global connectivity, helping them to become more efficient and increase productivity.
 
Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Austria, Pessl Instruments offers services for informed decision-making in the agricultural sector, including a complete range of wireless, real-time weather, insect, crop growth and real nutrient status services. The agritech business, which also operates under the Metos brand, has a direct presence in 13 countries and distribution channels in more than 80 countries around the world.
 
“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,” said Gottfried Pessl, founder and CEO of Pessl Instruments. “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.”
 
By partnering with Inmarsat, and integrating Inmarsat’s range of IoT capabilities including LoRaWan, global L-band satellite network and data platforms, with its smart agriculture technology, both Pessl and Inmarsat will be able to offer bespoke IoT services to their customers in even the most remote and rural locations around the world, helping them to become more efficient and increase productivity.
 
“IoT-based solutions have been around for a number of years and their utility in the agriculture sector is proven,” said Simon Fisk, senior vice president of Inmarsat Enterprise. “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 enables remote data collection, analytics and automation. Joining forces with Pessl will enable us to have a transformative impact on the farming sector.”
 
Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organisations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
 
Pessl Instruments’ wireless, solar powered monitoring systems under the Metos brand and an online platform are applicable in all climate zones and can be used in various industries and for various purposes, from agriculture to research, hydrology, meteorology, flood warning and more.