Astrocast has commercially introduced its bidirectional satellite internet of things (SatIoT) service, designed to connect IoT devices globally when outside of cell-based terrestrial networks, at a comparable cost.
The company said that in any remote IoT deployment, device size, power consumption and reliability were priority concerns and it feels bidirectional IoT has a significant role to play in a workable IoT system.
“So far, organizations have struggled to create a business case for deploying IoT solutions that can offer comprehensive global coverage, as well as efficient and reliable connectivity,” said Astrocast CEO Fabien Jordan. “There is now an opportunity to use satellite IoT to increase visibility, transparency and control over assets globally – and the potential for use cases across an array of sectors is almost limitless.
“What is more, in the past, these solutions have been too complex, costly, or simply unavailable. But thanks to developments in satellite IoT technology, this is changing, and organizations that recognize the potential of going beyond terrestrial IoT will be able to create new competitive advantages, too.”
Indeed, it regards the ability to send commands back to assets, rather than just receive data, is hugely powerful and enables an array of new use cases, including remote management of equipment.
In one possible use case, Astrocast said SatIoT could enable farmers to command silos to release food, open gates or manage irrigation systems, with no need for expensive and often hard-to-source human interaction. It also suggested that utility companies could remotely control water management systems in line with flood prevention strategies.
With information integrated with existing analytics, artificial intelligence or machine learning technology, organizations have the power to use this data to improve understanding and direct actions of remote assets.
Astrocast believes accessibility to SatIoT could transform the business model for global IoT, opening the door to a raft of new, powerful applications that will accelerate change and deliver tangible value to businesses, individuals and the environment.
Astrocast’s devices only transmit data when satellites are in range, instead of continuously. This said the company, “radically” increases battery life, especially in applications that do not require constant information updates. This also reduces the price of data for end-users.
Utilizing its own recently launched nanosatellite constellation in low Earth orbit (LEO), Astrocast supports connectivity in applications in asset tracking, telemetry and telematics.