Internet-of-Things is the next level of interconnectivity
By connecting everyday objects such as washing machines, refrigerators and home alarm systems to the internet, by enabling cars, ships, planes and even bicycles to communicate and exchange data with each-other, by allowing for 24/7 live monitoring of remote sensors and machinery humanity is forging its own future today. Without any doubt – IoT is the next big thing.
Adding a space segment to an IoT or M2M infrastructure makes the above-mentioned capabilities available everywhere at any time. SmallSat and CubeSat constellations are a vital part of tomorrows connected world.
Recent developments in antenna and communication technology have shown, that it is possible to receive signals from compact, battery powered transmitters in orbit. Multiple startups have proposed CubeSat constellations to address parts of the new market.
Kepler Communications (USD 21M), Hiber (USD 14.5M), Helios Wire (6M), Fleet (USD 4M) and dozens of other young companies have raised significant venture funding.
By connecting their assets and devices to a satellite powered network, customers worldwide, such as shipping companies, transport- and travel agencies, large- and small-scale farmers, state- and national park rangers, scientists and many more will be able to boost their everyday work. IoT and M2M will revolutionize the world as we know it. Satellite manufacturers like German Orbital Systems are the backbone of this fascinating development.
are a cost-effective way to worldwide connectivity
While being much more cost-effective as their bigger counterparts, CubeSats still offer typical benefits of satellite-based communication. They can be used for encrypted data transmission via intersatellite link – allowing for maximum security applications. Combined with the 24/7 worldwide service availability offered by a satellite constellation this paves the way to a multitude of applications, highly relevant for most of us.
TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS & INDUSTRY
AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT
Low-cost CubeSat powered IoT constellations could help to bring precision techniques to emerging market countries as well as to the third world. Low cost sensor networks in combination with mobile applications will allow e.g. to control irrigation systems on remote fields in regions with limited connectivity. By doing so reducing the water consumption. Decision support tools based on soil data from in-situ-sensors will compensate the lack of knowledge and education and e.g. suggest farmers, which crop to select for a specific field.