THE IOTEE PROJECT
The rapid expansion of IoT applications is stimulating substantial evolutions of networks in order to support the requirements of hyper-connectivity across all IoT environments.
Today, IoT wireless connectivity could be addressed by integrating IoT capabilities onto existing mobile terrestrial infrastructures like Sigfox or Lora (Terrestrial IoT) but not onto space communication systems (Space IoT); the latter is still in its early stages today and any progress into this blue ocean will bridge existing IoT gaps.
IoTEE provides a unique approach in the world to providing IoT LPWA services from space, enabling a doubling of Europe’s Space IoT market share from 5% today to 10% by 2020, representing a multi Bn market opportunity.
Accelerating adoption of IoT allows earlier access to the economic and societal benefits from cheaper, more autonomous operation of very large networks of small devices. IoTEE bridges a gap in the provision of IoT communications, particularly true over very longue distances and in complement to densely populated smart cities.
The IoTEE project further implements a unique new communication protocol, LP(U)WAN, extending the LPWAN benefits over satellite coverage distances with additional security. The consortium includes leading figures inside the Space IoT and Telematic industries.
The target geographical market sector is initially enabled through the coverage of the IoT Sentinel, the International Space Station (ISS). The trial pilots will showcase the benefits of the IoTEE solution into the railways and waste management entry market segments. This will validate its applicability into other global IoT markets. The first part of the project (16 months) will be mostly dedicated for SoC design and integration, the second part to full production and scale-up.
SAT4M2M was founded in February 2014 to capitalise on a number of space IoT and M2M related projects and to apply the “New Space” vision of faster, cheaper of commercial/marketable space technology to the area of space IoT.
The company develops a unique LPWA connectivity solution by making use of its antenna on the International Space Station. With the IoTee project, the company intends to place on the market a new chipset able to be integrated into numerous vendors sensor devices to expand IoT everywhere and in many IoT domains (transport & logistics, environment, energy, agriculture, industry 4.0…).
The use case pilots in collaboration with IoT device makers and integrators are showcasing the many benefits of this disruptive technology into the railways and waste management entry market segments with small price ranges, size, long autonomy and “IoT secured”.
“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 738483”.