Wired Connectivity

Bringing LoRaWAN to satellite networks

11 January 2022
A consortium of IoT network providers has been formed to accelerate the adoption of terrestrial and satellite users. Source: Senet

Senet Inc. is working to bring long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) to terrestrial and satellite users globally.

The company is working with Eutelsat communications, TrakAssure and Wyld Networks to bring this internet of things (IoT) networks to the supply chain. The technology could be used for container logistics or related asset tracking as the first and anchor applications where assets need to be tracked over long distances.

Additionally, a new multi-party collaboration has been formed called the Multimodal IoT Infrastructure Consortium (MMIIC) with a focus on formalizing and completing all tests, pilots and commercial delivery to supply chain solutions. The next steps will extend the adoption of LoRaWAN connectivity into markets that benefit from the combination of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and terrestrial network connectivity.

The network services will provide a new level of supply chain operations including:

  • Containers arriving at ports are tracked via Senet’s terrestrial network.
  • Goods transported on cargo trucks are tracked through metro areas via Senet’s network and extended coverage services.
  • Rural transportation routes will be connected via the terrestrial network if detected and to the satellite network when no terrestrial network is detected.
  • Distribution and retail centers will be supported by terrestrial network coverage.

Eutelsat LEO for objects, otherwise known as ELO nanosatellites, will provide LoRaWAN coverage that allows sensor-enabled devices to transmit data, irrespective of their location. This helps to address gaps in terrestrial network coverage across rural areas, shipping and transportation routes as well as other hard-to-reach areas.

ELO nanosatellites is currently testing and the company plans to launch a commercial service in the second half of 2022 with pilots beginning in February.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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