In a recent development, a handful of satellite manufacturers announced that they are planning to offer global connectivity for IoT. Leading among them is Swarm Technologies and Eutelsat. The company is planning to deploy around 150 satellites by the fall of next year. The objective here is to provide global and long-standing connectivity for applications of the Internet of Things (IoT). There have been several projects that are aiming to attain a similar objective. Cow monitoring in farms and stables to connecting industrial equipment. However, the lack of global networking has been one of the key limiting factors for these projects. While LPWAN and cellular networks have seen massive development in recent years, they certainly do not offer global connectivity.
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According to Luis Jimenez Tunon, the group executive vice president of the data business of Eutelsat, there is a huge scope for improvisation. He believes with global connectivity for IoT, we can address a plethora of applications. Tracking assets for performance management, security systems, agricultural applications, and solar plant monitoring are could be the key beneficiaries. Furthermore, gateways for Sigfox base stations, conventional SCADA applications, environmental applications, and pipeline gas applications will also benefit from the new developments.
Eutelsat is currently operating in the Ku-band, a frequency range of 12 to 18 GHz. The company is now targeting the IoT service providers and IT integrators for testing their new connectivity techniques and applications. Moreover, the company is also targeting telecom operators and satellite service providers as well.
The company is planning to position its satellite service as a complementary one instead of competing with the cellular service. The company is calling it Eutelsat IoT FIRST. It is a way for telecom operators to address the connectivity needs of the internet of things. Furthermore, they can enhance the connectivity for their clients who are outside their coverage area of the cellular networks.