UK based businesses Applied Satellite Technology Ltd (AST) and Active Web Solutions (AWS) have joined forces to deliver a global satellite based m2m platform, AST iX.
Both AST and AWS have extensive experience within the satellite industry and identified an opportunity to fill a unique gap in the growing satellite Machine to Machine (m2m) market.
The new AST iX platform enables organisations to globally communicate, transport and exchange data with their equipment at the touch of a button and without any human interaction.
AST iX is at the forefront of this modern market sector offering new capabilities to established and developing areas, emerging countries and remote sites, where there may be limited or unreliable communication infrastructure available.
The low cost m2m platform enables applications such as; utility monitoring, environmental monitoring and direct SCADA connections via satellite. The platform is currently being used in the monitoring of water distribution networks in Namibia where it is proving to be a cost effective, reliable solution.
“We are excited to be providing global end-to-end m2m solutions, by utilising leading technologies” commented Gregory Darling, Managing Director at AST.
AST has been working within the industry for over 20 years, has a global distribution network and a wealth of experience. AWS has an award winning software solution, the Global Alerting Platform (GAP), used across the globe for satellite messaging.
“We are delighted to be expanding our relationship within the AST Group and to be addressing these new and emerging markets” said Rob Blackwell, R&D Director at AWS.
Together AST and AWS are a truly global force delivering global m2m solutions in the satellite market.
Photograph: (from left to right) Jurgens Els, AST M2M Manager, Gregory Darling, Managing Director AST, Richard Prodger, Technical Director AWS and Rob Blackwell, R&D Director AWS.