With the help of Sateliot, a 5G satellite operator based in San Diego, Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) and its subsidiary Pod Group are about to change the face of the Internet of Things (IoT). Using the capabilities of iSIM technology, the partnership aims to provide an innovative solution that provides smooth global coverage for customers of IoT services.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an enormous network that spans the globe and connects countless objects. However, cellular IoT connection has yet to fully roll out in some areas. This could refer to places that are difficult for traditional mobile networks to reach, such as outlying rural areas or large bodies of water. To fill this void, G+D and Sateliot have formed a strategic alliance to provide next-generation 5G satellite connection for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Sateliot is the first company to successfully operate a LEO network, which uses the same technology as cellular networks to link users to the internet via satellite. With this innovative method, widespread use of satellite Internet is now within reach. It seeks to integrate standard roaming into the operations of MNOs and MVNOs in order to increase the coverage area available to their customers. Non-terrestrial network (NTN) nanosatellites will provide 5G service for NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT). On April 15, 2023, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried into orbit the first of five nanosatellites. Sateliot has an ambitious plan to grow from its current 32 nanosatellites to 250 by the year 2025.
The iSIM (Integrated SIM) technology is the backbone of this innovative service. When it comes to NB-IoT applications, iSIMs are quickly becoming the standard for reliable and secure IoT communication. Their small footprint, efficient use of energy, and affordable design are their defining features. Since iSIMs don’t require any SIM slots, extra housings, or plastic, they also have a high sustainability quotient.
G+D’s IoT service offering is globally available thanks to the iSIM and its partnership with Sateliot, a satellite-based IoT connectivity provider, and G+D Pod, a cellular mobile network for IoT devices. G+D’s SIM technology enables IoT devices to seamlessly transition from cellular to satellite connectivity, without requiring the user to take any action.
The Pod IoT Suite allows users to manage SIM cards and take command of all IoT operations. Data analysis, locating areas for cost savings, and other such features are all part of this suite’s offerings.
The novel approach has a wide range of possible uses. It can be utilized in asset tracking, metering, smart farming, and other large-scale Internet of Things applications, and it will be commercially accessible in early 2024.
G+D’s Connectivity and Internet of Things Head Philipp Schulte is optimistic about the future of this approach. What he said was:
We’re already providing global connectivity and effective lifecycle management for IoT applications with our industry-leading IoT solutions, and the IoT market is expanding rapidly. Our partnership with Sateliot has allowed us to begin a new era on this platform. The usage of satellite communication in parallel will eliminate issues of spotty coverage and dead zones.
Meanwhile, Gianluca Redolfi, CCO of Sateliot, brought up the cost and availability issues with satellite operators’ proprietary technologies. He spoke highly of the new technology being developed by Sateliot, saying:
When in need of service, consumers can quickly and affordably connect to the satellite network using the latest technology from Teliot. As a result, any NB-IoT device with NTN compatibility can easily connect to cellular or satellite networks. As a result, we anticipate that even the most rural locations will experience a dramatic increase in IoT usage.
The partnership between G+D, Pod Group, and Sateliot is clearly destined to revolutionize the way in which the Internet of Things is connected, providing consumers with unprecedented coverage and seamless connectivity via the first iSIM in the world to utilize both mobile and LEO-based satellite networks.
First reported on IoT Business News