Astrocast Participates in EU funded XGain Initiative; and Enables Croatian Aquaculture Project with SatIoT Water Monitoring

20 March 2023

SatIoT enables remote oyster farms in Croatia to monitor water quality, in European Union funded XGain programme. Initiative aims to reduce the digital divide between urban and rural areas. 

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 20, 2023. Astrocast, a leading global Satellite IoT network operator, announces today that it is participating in the European Union (EU) funded XGain initiative. Its Satellite IoT (SatIoT) technology and network will be deployed within an aquaculture project in Dalmatia, Croatia to monitor water quality within remote oyster farms.  

The XGain project has been set up by the EU to foster the sustainable, balanced, and inclusive development of rural, coastal and urban areas with technology. It achieves this for suitable organisations and projects by providing relevant stakeholders with access to a comprehensive inventory of smart XG, last-mile connectivity and edge computing solutions, as well as appropriate assessment methods.  

The XGain project currently involves a consortium of 17 partners. This includes Benco Baltic, which is responsible for driving the aquaculture project that Astrocast is participating in. Further, the XGain programme provides those involved with a Knowledge Facilitation Tool to draw on. This tool enables XGain to facilitate business model development for participating organisations; and supports the decision-making during the selection of an ecosystem of appropriate technologies, to suit the various projects and initiatives for various organisations. For example, selecting suitable connectivity and edge processing solutions for projects. 

Astrocast taking part at the XGain project workshop in Šibenik, Croatia, as part of the Horizon Program

In Croatia, Astrocast will provide its expertise in SatIoT, along with access to its communication modules, to support this aquaculture project. It will allow key water parameters to be monitored at an oyster farm near Sibenik – and showcase how data can be retrieved from devices – sensors – located in such remote locations. The project also demonstrates how an extended network infrastructure, supplemented by LoRaWAN and Satellite Communications can be used to transmit data from offshore sensors to a central monitoring system.  

It is important to point out, too, that the XGain initiative, and associated projects, typically aim to address the connectivity inequalities of rural areas. This sees them empower rural communities by providing increased access to adequate enabling technologies.

Astrocast is excited to participate in the XGain project and support this aquaculture development in Croatia. The project focuses on providing farmers with technology tools to scale up their activities, of which connectivity is more important than ever, as it can provide them with the insights that they need about their projects, to operate them more effectively. So, we are proud to contribute with our expertise and technology to this important initiative. Especially as it aligns with our business values too.”  

says Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast

This aquaculture use case in Croatia demonstrates the powerful need and use of SatIoT technology to benefit organisations – highlighting the key potential that technology offers to improve the economic and environmental performance within the agricultural and forestry sectors too. 

“Benco Baltic is pleased to work with Astrocast in the aquaculture use case in Croatia. We believe the use of SatIoT technology will bring valuable insights into the water parameters of the oyster farm and help improve its performance.” 

adds Martynas Velicka, Benco Baltic

The XGain project began in September 2022 and will last for three years. Astrocast’s involvement in the project and support of this aquaculture use case in Croatia underscores its commitment to providing satellite-based IoT solutions that help bridge the digital divide in rural areas. 



Astrocast SA operates a leading global nanosatellite IoT network, offering services in industries such as Agriculture & Livestock, Maritime, Environment & Utilities to name a few. The Astrocast network enables companies to monitor, track, and communicate with remote assets from anywhere in the world. It relies on superior L-band spectrum through a strategic alliance with Thuraya. In partnership with Airbus, CEA/LETI and ESA, Astrocast developed Astronode S, an ultra-low power and miniaturised module compatible with inexpensive L-band patch antennas. Founded in 2014 by a renowned team of experts, Astrocast develops and tests all its products in-house, from the satellites to the modules. Astrocast is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo.  

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BENCO Baltic is an engineering company specialising in developing and implementing Smart Metering and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) solutions, assisting clients in controlling, optimising and reducing energy costs to improve energy efficiency in industrial companies. 

BENCO, designs and implements unique solutions tailored to each client, creating maximum value. Quality and flexibility are the main principles of our services. In addition, the company is an authorised partner of AVAYA and specialises in IT, PABX, and Call Center design, implementation, and maintenance. We provide expert solutions to help clients achieve their business goals and objectives. For more information visit:  


XGain fosters a sustainable, balanced, and inclusive development of rural, coastal and urban areas by facilitating access to relevant stakeholders to a comprehensive inventory of smart XG, last-mile connectivity and edge computing solutions, and of related assessment methods. For more information visit: or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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