How to choose your Satellite IoT provider?

By Chloé Szulzinger | 22 January 2022

4 min read


Satellite IoT (SatIoT) enables asset tracking and monitoring anywhere, regardless of blind spots without cellular coverage. Opening 85% of the planet to connectivity, SatIoT unlocks the industrial IoT market. Whether you need to keep track of vehicles, pipelines, livestock, crops, or containers, how do you choose your SatIoT provider accordingly? Here are the top 5 things you need to know.

Look into low-cost

Traditionally, SatIoT connectivity has come at a premium price, placing it out of reach for many cost-sensitive applications. But over the last 20 years, sending satellites to space got 90% cheaper. As pricing relates to volume, subscriptions are often based on the size and number of transmitted data packets per month. Moreover, customers who have thousands of assets need to deploy the same number of modules, driving a need for cost-effective solutions.

Welcome bidirectionality

Your assets are precious, and you need more than just seeing their status. Bidirectional​ communication enables your devices to send and receive crucial information like asset commands. Due to the use of message acknowledgments, you eliminate your messages being sent multiple times unnecessarily just to make sure they reach their destination, this helps to dramatically lower total power consumption.

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Seek seamless integration

Your SatIoT solution needs to retrieve data from your assets, while your application at the other end must be able to analyze and process it. This is why installation and management need to be easy, especially if your devices are deployed in remote locations. On top of their technology-oriented approach, satellite companies are now also focusing on customer experience and offering comprehensive solutions.

Understand the antenna size

Finding the best compromise between small and efficient antennas is a challenge, especially when you need to track moving assets such as wild animals or livestock. The L-band frequency range, from 1 to 2 gigahertz, is the most efficient spectrum for SatIoT applications, allowing for the use of miniaturized antennas that reliably work in all weather conditions.

Go for low-energy solutions 

When deploying your solution in remote areas, low energy need is key to your maintenance strategy. Low-energy global connectivity will increase the number of connected sensors and data points in many environmental, industrial, agricultural, and logistical applications, improving the accuracy of data-based forecasts. Low-energy consumption can reduce or fully eliminate the need for battery changes after your devices have been deployed.

Astrocast, the most comprehensive Satellite IoT service

With its bidirectional data protocol, Astrocast enables you to collect and manage new data, through a state-of-the-art nanosatellite network based of 100 satellites, which are designed, assembled, and operated in-house. These satellites will span the globe allowing for low latency transmission.

About three times cheaper than other average monthly subscriptions, Astrocast is the only New Space IoT LEO (Low Earth Orbit) network with commercial access to L-band spectrum and its patch antenna is small enough to be integrated in any asset or be custom-built. Optimized for direct-to-satellite IoT applications, the Astronode S module offers the lowest peak power consumption on the market. And if you look for fast and painless integration, our Astronode S+ offers a fully certified satellite communication device out of the box. Last but not least, with the Astronode DevKit, your device is set up in less than 20 minutes to communicate to the network.

Uncompromising about cybersecurity, 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption is included, and last but not least, with its propulsion and deorbiting capabilities to avoid debris in space, Astrocast supports sustainability. Part of the Clean Space Initiative, a mission to remove debris from Earth orbit, Astrocast is also committed to the UN’s and ESA’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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