Early access to dev kit for satellite narrowband communications

November 04, 2019 //By Rich Pell
IoT dev kit provides early access to smallsat communications service
Small satellite startup Kepler Communications (Toronto, Canada) has announced that it has opened early-access registration for its Internet of Things (IoT) Developer Kit, which will provide early access to the company's forthcoming satellite-enabled narrowband connectivity service.

The company's everywhereIOT service is designed to be a truly-global and affordable satellite service that will support IoT services such as asset tracking and monitoring sensors anywhere on the planet. A limited number of early trials of the IoT DevKit will be provided, which will be supported by the company's third satellite, with other satellites launching throughout 2020.

The spacecraft will offer both wideband and narrowband data transfer services globally.

"Various studies and market research reports predict billions of industrial IoT connections coming online in the next 5 years, and a global solution such as our everywhereIOT service will be key to achieving this," says Wen Cheng Chong, Co-Founder and CTO at Kepler. "We are adding a unique set of capabilities for smart connected devices that did not previously exist in a satellite service. Together with the world’s OEMs, device and sensor manufacturers, and solution providers, we envision a future where Kepler’s everywhereIOT makes possible higher efficiencies across multiple industries."

By ensuring low-cost global coverage under a single network, its service is designed to be able to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of a wide range of applications, from railcar tracking to monitoring the status of containers or the location of livestock. Currently, says the company, many of these use cases are hindered by the lack of low-cost, globally-available satellite and terrestrial infrastructure.

As the constellation grows, the company says it will enable a cellular-quality, standardized connection for IoT that utilizes the purpose-built fleet of CubeSats designed and operated by the company. The IoT DevKit has been developed with an integrated Raspberry Pi, facilitating the use of an array of smart, connected products and sensors currently available on the market.

Multiple data requirements, ranging from bytes to megabytes per month, will be supported by low-cost, flexible airtime plans. In parallel with the DevKit, the company is also developing a mobile-phone sized module for asset tracking - the first application-specific IoT hardware

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