Iridium Connects Satellite Cloud Service with Amazon Web Services
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | Comments

Iridium Communications announced that Iridium CloudConnect, a satellite cloud-based solution offering global coverage for internet of things (IoT) applications, is actively serving customers. This new service combines Iridium IoT capabilities with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT and cloud services, extending customers’ IoT reach to the more than 80 percent of the Earth that lacks terrestrial coverage.

By combining the Iridium network with the breadth of AWS supporting infrastructure and services, Iridium customers can reduce engineering time, lower fixed operating costs, and experience faster development and deployment of new IoT products and applications. For existing AWS customers, Iridium CloudConnect is providing the ability to expand their current service footprint beyond terrestrial coverage, creating the opportunity for additional service offerings and improved performance 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.”

The service makes it easier to do business by translating between industry-standard cloud protocols and Iridium’s Short Burst Data service. This allows virtually any IoT device connected through the Iridium network to speak natively with AWS IoT services.

Iridium's commercial IoT data subscribers increased 25% from the third quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019, to 767,000 customers.

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