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Thuraya service supports M2M in UAE

Steve Rogerson
June 29, 2017

UAE telco Thuraya Telecommunications has launched a service to support high volume, high throughput M2M applications. The service is powered by its real-time, two-way IP network with speeds of up to 444kbit/s, a remote terminal management (RTM) platform and its IP+ terminal.
The service extends the capabilities of Thuraya's IP+ terminal to support a wider range of M2M applications. It is designed for communications between devices and for the control and consolidation of data from remote equipment. The service targets a number of sectors including oil, gas, utilities, renewable energy, banking and government.
The RTM platform provides a set of connectivity management features including usage monitoring, connection control, abnormal session management, geo-fencing, firewall management, usage traffic graphs and charts. Its device management features allow users to view a connected terminal's position, signal strength and current status. Users can also reboot and configure the terminal remotely.
"The rise in IoT applications and M2M adoption has triggered an increase in demand among several sectors for higher throughput applications deployed over satellite,” said Rashid Baba, acting chief commercial officer for Dubai-based Thuraya. “Some of these solutions include video and image capturing for surveillance and security; oil and gas real-time applications; smart-grid remote terminal unit recloser connectivity; and wind and solar farm monitoring. Thuraya’s IP M2M service addresses these requirements while taking operational efficiency for our customers to a whole new level by reducing the total cost of ownership and operation of their IoT apps and services."
The service enhances Thuraya's M2M product range by addressing market requirements for bandwidth hungry M2M applications. It lets users send bulk amounts of data per month, offering a scalable method for high-volume scada connectivity, remote asset control and other telemetry requirements.
"Our announcement about joining the LoRa Alliance adds further momentum to Thuraya's M2M aspirations,” said Baba. “We are expanding our services to areas such as rural IoT and M2M connectivity, cargo and shipping, smart agriculture, and smart metering. Thuraya’s IP M2M service is one of the key components of our exciting Futura capability plans, and positions us well to effectively address the market requirements."