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July 7, 2023

Connecting the unconnected: exploring satellite IoT’s real-world applications

In our increasingly interconnected world, reliable connectivity has become a necessity, even in the most remote and challenging locations. Enter satellite IoT – a technology that is rapidly gaining popularity for its ability to bridge the connectivity gap where terrestrial networks fall short. With the demand for real-time data soaring, satellite IoT offers a game-changing solution by providing truly global connectivity for a wide range of practical applications.

Across various industries in the United States, satellite IoT is revolutionizing processes, optimizing productivity and protecting lives. Let’s delve into some of the most prominent use cases where satellite IoT is transforming the landscape.

1. Revolutionizing healthcare

Satellite IoT has become a lifeline for healthcare providers operating in remote areas across the US. It enables both telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, empowering medical professionals to extend their reach and provide critical services to patients in under served locations. With reliable satellite connectivity, healthcare assets can be tracked efficiently, and emergency response teams can deliver timely interventions, ultimately saving patients lives.

For example, utilizing the RockBLOCK 9603 technology, satellite IoT has enabled drones to deliver emergency and essential medical supplies to vulnerable people who are at high risk if they travel.


2. Fueling precision agriculture

The agricultural sector benefits immensely from satellite IoT’s ability to provide real-time data for precision agriculture. Farmers can better monitor crop health, optimize irrigation, and manage resources effectively. By connecting sensors and devices in the field, satellite IoT facilitates data-driven decision-making, leading to increased productivity, reduced costs, and more sustainable agricultural practices.

Satellite IoT has enabled Synnefa in Kenya, to operate outside of terrestrial infrastructure by remotely transmitting sensor data for smarter predictions and optimum harvesting times. The introduction of precision farming has been so successful, Synnefa has been able to help farmers:

  • Save water by over 50%
  • Reduce fertilizer application rates by 41%
  • Increase production by 30% when compared to yields prior to the use of their devices.

3. Ensuring personnel and military safety

Personnel operating in remote or hazardous environments, such as first responders, construction and military, rely on the global coverage, stability and accuracy of satellite IoT to enhance workforce safety. By equipping personnel with satellite-connected devices – such as the RockSTAR, organizations can establish efficient communication channels, enable accurate location tracking, and expedite emergency response, minimizing risks and safeguarding worker well-being.

The RockSTAR device specifically, has been used by the Ministry of Defence in their training. The device was paired with Bluetooth heart rate monitors, meaning biometrics could be monitored throughout with the added benefit of worldwide tracking and two-way communications. As well as critical monitoring, satellite IoT can also be leveraged for more leisure-based tracking and monitoring applications – such as ultra-marathon runners who can be accurately tracked via the two-way communication device.


4: Effective asset tracking and monitoring

IoT technology enables the real-time tracking and management of assets, providing valuable data on their location at any given moment, anywhere. This technology has the ability to keep businesses informed about the precise location of their assets, regardless of their location, even in the most remote corners of the world. And it’s not just limited to vehicles, machinery, or remote workers – animals can also be effectively tracked using the technology.

Illegal poaching poses a significant challenge in Gabon, Africa. However, with the help of RockREMOTE, Gabon’s rangers are now equipped with the latest in AI-powered camera trap technology to effectively monitor and prevent illegal poaching in the forest.


5. Powering Renewables

Satellite IoT technology is revolutionizing the energy sector in the US. It offers numerous advantages for remote monitoring of renewable energy infrastructure in real-time, ensuring prompt detection of faults or issues. By identifying these problems early on, downtime is minimized, and the energy output is maximized. Moreover, the performance of renewable energy assets is further enhanced through the collection and analysis of valuable data on weather patterns, energy production, and equipment performance. This data-driven approach allows for improved efficiency, reduced costs, and even an extended lifespan for renewable energy assets.

In the UK, RWE, a leading energy company, is harnessing the power of satellite IoT technology to optimize the energy output of its five hydroelectric power stations situated around remote reservoirs. Leveraging the Hughes 9502, RWE can effectively manage and monitor these stations 24/7, without ever having to visit the area, ensuring the highest level of renewable energy generation from this remote renewable energy site.


Satellite IoT vs. Traditional Cellular Networks

While traditional cellular networks serve many purposes effectively, they have limitations, particularly in remote locations.

Satellite IoT offers a significant advantage by providing truly global connectivity, reaching even the most remote and inaccessible areas. Unlike cellular or Wi-Fi networks, satellite signals cover the entire planet, making it ideal for industries with assets in remote or harsh environments.

Satellite IoT enables data transmission from anywhere worldwide, making it perfect for applications with limited or non-existent cellular coverage. In many cases, satellite IoT also offers greater reliability than cellular networks, as it remains resilient to interference or disruptions caused by extreme weather events.

Fortunately, businesses don’t have to choose between terrestrial or satellite connectivity. Satellite networks can be swiftly and easily deployed using the same messaging protocols as terrestrial networks, allowing seamless scalability of operations without the limitations of traditional networks. For businesses requiring global connectivity, deploying and maintaining satellite IoT devices can often be more cost-effective than constructing and managing traditional terrestrial networks from scratch. It can also prove more economical in the long term, saving the cost of dispatching remote field engineers to distant sites.

In Summary…

Satellite IoT provides reliable connectivity, even to the most remote locations; bridging the connectivity gap that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional cellular networks alone.

From reliable, global communication to real-time data collection and analysis, satellite IoT is enhancing the operations of businesses and entire industries that need to stay connected, no matter where their assets are located. As satellite technology continues to evolve and become more affordable, we can expect to see even more innovative use cases emerge in the coming years, across an even broader number of industries.

Unlock the Full Potential of IoT

Incorporating satellite IoT into your, new existing and salable business operations can revolutionize what you can achieve. With satellite IoT, you can access data and insights that were previously unavailable or difficult to obtain with traditional networks and physical personnel on site.

Contact us to discover the added value of satellite IoT to your business today. We’re here to help and we're certain we can solve your IoT connectivity challenges.