Our Preferred BGAN M2M Products
The Cobham Explorer 323 is designed for mobile applications; for example an autonomous vehicle or heavy machinery. It can use either BGAN or BGAN M2M airtime depending on the requirement application.
availability exc. polar regions
BGAN M2M Coverage Map
With four geostationary satellites providing global coverage, BGAN M2M offers uninterrupted connectivity in any location (except extreme polar regions). Offering the highest payload and lowest latency of any store-and-forward L-band satellite service, its able to support data volumes ranging megabytes to gigabytes.
From real-time surveillance to high-volume telemetry, BGAN M2M delivers robust two-way IP data connectivity with remote terminal management capabilities. Its lightweight and robust hardware make it a plug-and-play solution for a wide range of M2M and IoT applications.
Benefits of BGAN M2M Service
IP-Based for Easy Integration
Data speeds are 448kbps (send) / 464kbps (receive) which is more than enough for most IoT applications. Because it's IP-based, it's easy to integrate with your existing infrastructure.
Inmarsat delivers 99.9% network availability, which is as good as it gets. As BGAN M2M uses the L-band frequency, your devices will remain connected wherever they are, and whatever the weather.
Cost-Effective and Flexible
Ground Control was Inmarsat's first ELEVATE partner which means we have access to great airtime rates for BGAN M2M service. It's ideal for IP SCADA and remote fixed asset monitoring.
Product Testing and Installation
We test every third party device we send out to make sure it's working, and it has the latest firmware installed. We can also help you in-person or remotely with site selection and installation.
Cloudloop Platform and Applications
Cloudloop puts you in control of your devices and data. Developer-friendly APIs and a intuitive online platform simplifies your data, device and subscription management.
Expertise and Support
In our 2022 customer survey, 66% of our customers rated our customer support as above or well above average, and we're trusted to help solve challenging IoT problems in the most cost-efficient way.
BGAN M2M FAQs
BGAN M2M is suitable for applications that require reliable and resilient machine-to-machine connectivity, in remote or harsh environments. Supporting applications with data volumes ranging from megabytes to gigabytes, some common examples include:
• IP SCADA for data backhaul
• Telemetry & SCADA
• Well head and pipeline monitoring
• Monitoring and controlling extraction and distribution of equipment
• Smart grid, smart metering (concentrator backhaul) and recloser control
• Railways for trackside monitoring and crossings
• Remote video surveillance, telemetry and tracking
• Road signage
• Weather and environmental monitoring
• Emergency response communications
• Mobile connectivity for field operations
For more ideas, you can also read all of our case studies leveraging the BGAN M2M service.
BGAN M2M data transmission is handled by a network of four satellites in geostationary orbit. Utilising a two-way IP data service, it enables reliable and secure communication between the remote M2M devices and the central server or control centre.
BGAN M2M operates on a store-and-forward principle. Data is collected from the remote M2M devices and stored in the terminal before being transmitted to the central server or control centre via satellite. This ensures reliable delivery of data even in areas with intermittent or unstable connectivity. Data rates and volume do vary depending on chosen terminal, but can achieve send rates of up to 448kbps with latency from 800 milliseconds – assuring near real-time visibility of critical data.
BGAN M2M devices are designed to operate with minimal power, but a stable power source is essential. Power supply options vary based on the device and application, but can include direct connection to a power outlet, battery power, or solar solutions. Companies must consider available power supply when choosing their BGAN M2M terminal as different devices have varying power requirements. For example, the Hughes 9502 consumes only 3W during transmission, while the Cobham Explorer 323 requires 27W. So it’s vital to select a device that aligns with the available power capacity or implement effective power management strategies.
Though many BGAN M2M devices are built to withstand harsh conditions, when considering installation options businesses should consider environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and potential physical hazards. Proper installation, with unobstructed line-of-sight to one of Inmarsat’s I-4 satellites is key for optimal performance. This may involve mounting BGAN M2M terminals and/or antennas, on poles or buildings.
Yes, BGAN M2M devices can be easily integrated with existing IoT infrastructure. Devices support standard IP connectivity, making it straightforward to establish communication with other IoT devices and systems. They can transmit and receive data using common IoT protocols such as MQTT or HTTP, enabling interoperability and data exchange with your existing infrastructure.
BGAN M2M terminals provide a simple Ethernet interface for connecting to a machine/device or IoT gateway, and depending on your security requirements, inter-connectivity can also be achieved – using a cloud-based service, VPN or even custom APNs. To discuss your specific set up and requirements further, please get in touch via email@example.com and our Architecture Team will assist.
Satellite data traffic is already relatively secure. However Ground Control offers several additional layers of security for our BGAN M2M subscribers; including firewall controls, data encryption, VPNs and private network solution via MPLS installation or leased-lines.
If you'd like some impartial advice on the best device and airtime for your IoT connectivity requirements, get in touch; with 20 years' experience there isn't much we don't know about satellite IoT connectivity and devices!