Native iOS & Android apps for Inmarsat

The Customer

Inmarsat is a leading name in satellite communications services. The company helps customers stay connected all over the world, even in most remote land and sea areas, through specialized terminals that connect to satellites.

In their own words:

Powering global connectivity on land, at sea and in the air, Global Xpress is the world’s first high-speed, broadband Ka-band network, from a single operator.

There are hundreds of terminals on the market. It’s a serious challenge to provide customer support and guidance for each terminal.


The Challenge

In order to configure and use the terminals, customers needed a laptop or a tablet, but beyond that, they needed to deal with the quirks of web administration interfaces designed by each terminal’s manufacturer.

Those interfaces could be quite different, lacking a standard and unified way of doing things. Also, functional features were not identical among different terminals as well. Dealing with this variety of problems was a constant source of frustration for the customers.

Inmarsat needed a unified way to configure and control the terminals.


The Solution

CustomSoft designed and implemented native Android and iOS mobile applications for configuring and managing terminals in a unified manner. Talking to terminals via AT commands on the WiFi connection, the app became a unique solution that is able to control over 10 of the most popular terminals.

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Image courtesy of http://www.inmarsat.com/service/isathub/

On both Android and iOS, this solution greatly improved customers’ experience in using Inmarsat services.

Simple to use
    • The IsatHub service is accessed from your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch or Android[TM] device through the control app.