Orange Business Services has announced a three-year, multi-million Euro contract with Viasat Group for a global IoT roaming service for up to 350,000 SIM cards. Orange IoT connectivity will allow Viasat to provide global coverage across a number of markets, for services that include insurance, fleet, security and safety, and telematics.

Headquartered in Italy, Viasat specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of telematics products and services to fleet and insurance industries. Its systems incorporate on-board telematics and satellite tracking information technologies.

Orange provides robust IoT connectivity that allows Viasat’s remote telematics boxes to send and receive data, SMS and voice. Combined with a satellite positioning service, Viasat is able to provide a comprehensive insurance solution. The SIM cards are roaming-enabled, which provides global coverage and are reinforced to withstand vibration and high temperatures.

Dedicated IoT portal

Orange also provides an IoT management platform that allows Viasat customers to manage and update their own SIM cards. The portal allows for a range of options, including ordering, suspending and reactivating SIMs, setting alarms on data consumption, and blocking SIM cards if data thresholds are crossed. The platform can also be integrated with the customer’s back-end system to provide detailed reports and retrieve billing information.

The Orange IoT connectivity will allow Viasat’s customers all over the world to take full advantage of the range of services offered, improving the quality of the driving experience. This translates into increased safety for the occupants of the vehicles and for the vehicles itself. The extra security will also lower the average costs of insurance premiums.

“Our telematics solutions need global coverage to provide a complete service for our customers in the fleet and insurance industries. Among our partners, we selected Orange Business Services for IoT connectivity because of their wide coverage, flat rate pricing across the EU and comprehensive international support,” said Massimo Getto, vice president and CFO, Viasat Group.

“Viasat needed multi-roaming capabilities to cover 100 per cent of its markets and an international partner with global reach and support, capable of managing a very high number of SIM cards. With our full-service Datavenue offer, we can contribute to an improved driver experience, all while supporting Viasat’s business,” said Helmut Reisinger, executive vice president International, Orange Business Services.

The Orange Business Services IoT connectivity service is part of Datavenue, a modular IoT and analytics solution. To enable advanced analysis and decision-making, the Datavenue solution encompasses the selection of relevant data and objects, their reliable and secure connection, and their management in the customer information system environment. A global team of more than 700 Orange data-scientists and engineers design and develop these innovative services. Orange already supports over 10 million active objects across a variety of sectors, including Smart Cities, Healthcare, Automotive and Manufacturing. The launch of Datavenue reaffirms the Orange commitment to supporting businesses with their digital transformation.