Sensor-to-satellite technology to support global IoT connectivity

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Wyld Networks is making available a new range of low-power, sensor-to-satellite LoRaWAN terminals and modules for IoT applications across areas where there are few alternative forms of connectivity.

The Wyld Connect hybrid devices are able to transfer data directly to terrestrial networks or through a network of Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites through a partnership with Eutelsat. With 100 percent global coverage, these solutions are intended for applications in remote areas for agriculture, environmental monitoring, energy, supply chain and utilities. The full sensor-to-satellite service will be available in the second half of 2022.

The Wyld Connect hybrid terminal can connect directly to existing sensors, while the small modules can be fully integrated into IoT sensors as an embedded solution. Data is delivered from the satellite ground station or terrestrial LoRaWAN gateway through Wyld’s cloud-based Fusion platform, which also allows IoT sensors to be registered, configured, authenticated, and managed remotely.

“The huge demand for IoT connected sensors and devices is being held back by the lack of ubiquitous global connectivity,” said Alastair Williamson, CEO at Cambridge-based Wyld Networks. “It is estimated that only around 15% of the earth’s surface is covered by cellular networks and it is simply not practical or cost effective to install costly, high maintenance network infrastructure over tens of thousands of square kilometres. Only satellites can provide this coverage and in contrast to expensive, power hungry VSAT systems, LEO satellites provide the low-cost solution needed to catapult IoT growth around the world.”

Wyld is currently working on trials with companies such as Bayer, Chevron, Treevia, Agrology, KWS, Agrocognitive, and Wezen Group, among others, and is partnering with TrakAssure on the design and production of a new sensor-enabled device for global supply chains and asset tracking ecosystems.

“Existing LPWA networks such as LoRaWAN are ideal to connect low power assets and sensors that don’t need to send much data, but they currently rely on a limited terrestrial infrastructure,” said Luc Perard, Senior Vice President, IoT Business at Eutelsat. “Wyld’s new sensor-to-satellite LoRaWAN terminals and modules now make it possible to harness our network of LEO satellites to deliver low-cost, hybrid terrestrial and satellite connectivity over 100% of the earth’s surface.”

In addition to partnering with Eutelsat to provide LoRaWAN coverage via its low earth orbiting satellites, Wyld said that it is also partnering with terrestrial LoRaWAN network providers including Senet and American Tower. In order to ensure low power consumption at all times, Wyld has also implemented a beaconing technology developed with Eutelsat that ensures that the terminal and sensor remain in sleep mode until a satellite is available to collect data.