Iridium Joins AWS IoT Partner Network
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | Comments

Iridium Communications joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner network (APN) and has been collaborating with AWS on the development of Iridium CloudConnect, a satellite cloud-based solution that offers global coverage for internet of things (IoT) applications.

Enabled by the Iridium network and planned for launch in 2019, the new Iridium service will make Iridium IoT services available with AWS IoT, extending the reach of AWS’s suite of services to the more than 80 percent of the Earth that lacks cellular coverage. Iridium customers will be able to take advantage of AWS IoT, while existing AWS customers will have a cost-effective way to expand their geographic IoT footprint to anywhere on the globe.

AWS IoT will create a simplified process for companies to integrate Iridium’s satellite reach with AWS, increasing speed to market. Through this arrangement, customers can reduce engineering efforts, lower fixed operating costs, and reduce time to develop new products and services, through the capabilities of AWS IoT.

With about 630,000 active devices as of June 30, Iridium’s IoT subscribers have grown at a compounded annual growth rate of about 19 percent during the past three years. As a result of this arrangement, each existing Iridium partner will be able to rapidly adopt AWS services because of the automated translation of the Iridium network’s proprietary protocols and industry-standard IoT protocols supported by AWS IoT, to and from the appropriate devices and databases.

Iridium is in the homestretch of its $3 billion initiative to replace its entire original satellite constellation with new satellites, known as Iridium NEXT. To date, seven launches have taken place with launch provider SpaceX, delivering 65 new satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO), with the final launch of 10 satellites planned for later in 2018. Upon completion, a total of 75 Iridium NEXT satellites will have been delivered to space, with 66 in the active constellation and nine serving as on-orbit spares.

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