Where terrestrial and satellite IoT networks meet

By Chloé Szulzinger | 23 September 2021

4 min read

astrocast-cellular-satellite-iot-connectivity

It is time IoT reaches global connectivity. With roughly 10% of the globe covered by cellular connectivity and the massive IoT expansion in all industries, we expect a significant increase in Satellite IoT (SatIoT) over the coming years. Together, terrestrial and SatIoT bring the best of both worlds to guarantee continuous connectivity.

Your business needs global IoT  

Like many companies worldwide, you probably have to connect assets all over the planet, exchange data, and receive feedback to keep your operations running smoothly. Your assets are precious and given the insights you can collect from them, IoT becomes crucial to everyday management. From monitoring power plants and oil & gas pipelines to farming and maritime solutions, you can automate millions of decisions and actions based on the data received from remote devices. Your business strategy then immediately benefits from significant time and cost savings. Yet for that to happen, you need always-on connectivity, and most companies cannot reach remote assets due to insufficient terrestrial coverage, or prohibitively expensive satellite solutions. But today, there are more efficient alternatives in the form of SatIoT services.  

astrocast-iot-farming-livestock

Satellite IoT connects the unconnected 

Short, medium, and long-range networks like Bluetooth, NB-IoT (5G), and LoRaWAN enable  IoT in densely populated regions. These terrestrial networks allow objects to connect to ground antennas, which relay the information to the cloud and the end-user IT infrastructure. However, their coverage relies on the proximity to those antennas,  which have limited deployment in mountains, deep countryside, deserts, and even less in high seas. Moreover, the lack of interoperability between these networks makes them hardly usable for global connectivity needs. Therefore, how can you monitor your fixed or moving assets within that remaining 90% of the world’s surface which is not covered by terrestrial connectivity?

This is when SatIoT comes into play: satellite’s ubiquity allows IoT to operate beyond the limits of terrestrial networks. Thanks to small, low-power devices running for years with a single battery and embedded sensors, we observe a surge in SatIoT applications for monitoring moving assets across land and sea, such as containers, tank cars, livestock, or wildlife. While IoT devices can offer you regular updates on any given parameter like temperature, pressure, moist level, or any other need for maintenance, SatIoT ensures these updates never cease, regardless of your assets whereabouts. Complementary, SatIoT fills the lack of coverage of terrestrial solutions with disruptive technologies.  

Join our newsletter to stay up to date with Astrocast

Astrocast has got you covered 

Satellite connectivity used to be cost-prohibitive because conventional broadband constellations were not built for IoT applications. Now, with the use of off-the-shelf components and CubeSats – standard satellites format – and cheaper access to space thanks to new launch providers and standardisation, the NewSpace approach enables low-cost services, suitable for IoT applications. With its growing Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of state-of-the-art nanosatellites, Astrocast offers a reliable extension to all the terrestrial IoT networks, with a highly flexible service that does not require the heavy investment and centralized infrastructure management of terrestrial solutions. Believing in hybrid connectivity, Astrocast is also working with partners and solution providers to help them expand their terrestrial services through satellite coverage. Relentlessly, Astrocast makes SatIoT available and affordable to all: it provides direct-to-satellite connectivity for each asset and optimized end-to-end communication, so you can make the best of your business.  

To unlock the power of your assets and take them further, join our Astropreneur Program today.

Upcoming Events

Aviation & Space Symposium 2022
01-02 June, 2022
Saint-Gallen, Switzerland

This year's #AS22 will be held together with the 10th Bodensee Aerospace Meeting (#BAM22), representing the largest cross-cluster Aerospace symposium in Europe.

Register here

Connectivity Business Summit 2022
14-15 June, 2022
New York

It explores the critical strategic and financial issues impacting the global satellite and terrestrial connectivity infrastructure and services industry. Meet onsite Fabien Jordan.

Register here

Viva Technology 2022
15-18 June, 2022
Paris

The event acts as a powerful global catalyst for digital transformation and startup growth, bringing together, business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and innovators.

Register here

Leti Innovation Days
21-23 June, 2022
Grenoble

CEA-Leti 3-day flagship event to discover policymakers and tech leaders decisions on downscaling, "More than Moore electronics" and other future technologies for components.

Register here