Swiss nanosatellite IoT network operator Astrocast is embedding its SatIoT offering into Japanese IoT connectivity company Soracom’s platform.
This collaboration enables Soracom to offer integrators and end users blended IoT connectivity options that comprise satellite and cellular connectivity.
Since 85% of the globe has zero cellular coverage, Astrocast’s SatIoT will provide a key component to Soracom’s 20,000 plus customers across the world; with devices in areas where cellular coverage does not reach. Organisations can access SatIoT by subscribing to the Soracom platform, taking advantage of the seamless, secure integration to a choice of cloud services. They will be able to use Soracom’s blended connectivity options or SatIoT alone.
“This is only the beginning of our journey with Astrocast,” said Kenta Yasukawa, CTO of Soracom. The power of IoT to transform operations is indisputable. What has been achieved to date is compelling; but there is so much more that can be achieved together. With an affordable and accessible IoT platform, Soracom’s addition of Astrocast SatIoT will transform the ease with which integrators and businesses of all sizes can explore the power of SatIoT. We want to work together with Astrocast, and our clients, to accelerate innovation by combining our joint depths of insight, and knowledge of IoT; with the expertise of individuals on the ground that are developing and using IoT for the integrators and customers that we work for. This way, we can ensure the most effective deployment of IoT.”
Fabien Jordan, CEO of Astrocast, added: “With 83% of organisations claiming to have improved efficiency by introducing IoT technology, it is little wonder that IoT has the potential to generate $4tn to $11tn in economic value by 2025. This is the first time a well-established communication provider like Soracom is expanding its global reach with satellite connectivity. Furthermore, there is a significant pent-up demand across many industries for IoT deployments across the 85% of the globe that currently has zero cellular coverage. The availability of cost effective, low power, bidirectional satellite technology is providing new opportunities for an array of organisations and use cases. The accessibility of the Soracom platform with satellite IoT will give many integrators and organisations a chance to explore and develop a new dimension to their IoT platform.” IOTM2MCouncil