Kineis: The first European constellation of nanosatellites


With connected watches, cars and now even houses, the time has come for the IoT (Internet of Things) revolution. According to a study published by CISCO, by 2020 there will be more than 30 billion connected objects in the world. This unprecedented development will transform the world economy. Currently, 90% of the world is either not network-connected, or connected but prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, today’s IoT offer is difficult to use. Yet the needs exist now: how do you find a lost container? Or a container is transporting perishable goods: how do you remotely control its temperature? A traditional fishing boat suffers engine failure: how do you send out an SOS call? How do you track it down to offer assistance? A hiker in Nepal wants to share his trip with his friends and family in real time: how can he post his route? Logistics, fishing, agriculture and outdoor recreation are all sectors seeking affordable global connectivity! The Kineis constellation will be in orbit by 2021.

To address these issues and facilitate the use of this technology, CLS is expanding and has created Kineis, with CNES’s support.

“With French excellence in space, the unfailing support of CNES, and key accounts who will be participating in a future round table, we decided to create Kineis to make satellite geolocation and data collection accessible to as many people as possible.” -- Christophe Vassal, Chairman of the CLS Executive Board

“Kineis is a satellite operator that will provide unique, universal connectivity fully dedicated to the IoT industry. Any object fitted with a Kineis modem can be located and transmit data wherever it is, whatever the conditions. Kineis connectivity is simple to integrate into third-party devices, consumes very little power and is reliable. All this will be available at a very competitive price, making it accessible to as many people as possible, so Kineis will very soon be locating and collecting data from several million connected objects, in real or near-real time. The company will become the natural partner for all entrepreneurs seeking to offer their customers an inexpensive satellite-based Internet of Things.” -- Alexandre Tisserant, Kineis Project Leader

Kineis connectivity draws on a new innovative satellite constellation of 20 nanosatellites with a new communication technology tailor-made for connected objects. CLS has entrusted the development of this constellation to Thales Alenia Space for the prime contractor of the complete system, which will rely on Nexeya for the fabrication of nanosatellite platforms and Syrlinks for its support in the design and construction of the instrument. The constellation will be in orbit in 2021.

In the 1980s, CLS and CNES created the ARGOS system, laying the foundations for what would later become IoT. CLS used the ARGOS satellite system to track connected objects before GPS or Galileo even existed. As the world operator of the ARGOS location and data collection system, CLS’ provides Kineis with 40 years of experience in geo-location and data collection, four generations of technology development, and data processed from hundreds of thousands of beacons. Over all these years, CLS has helped scientists, governments, and manufacturers, as well as great outdoor adventurers. Thanks to this heritage, Kineis has the dual advantage of technological mastery and intimate knowledge of the needs of its users and markets. This double dose of expertise and experience have earned Kineis the confidence of its investors and customers.

“With Kineis, French NewSpace is becoming a reality based on more than 50 years of space success that can provide a competitive offer with high added value. Kineis has CNES’s unconditional backing to developp what will become soon a worldwide reference. A new opportunity for CNES to promote the development of the space industry and its excellence.” -- Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President

Kineis plans to work closely with terrestrial IoT operators, current satellite operators and connected object manufacturers. Kineis connectivity is positioned as an entry-level service for certain satellite operators and as a complement for terrestrial operators wishing to offer their customers worldwide coverage.

With Kineis, CLS and CNES are revolutionising ARGOS and democratising a system that has enabled the history of animal migration to be rewritten, marine resources to be managed sustainably, piracy to be fought and the greatest ocean races to be followed. More efficient, easier and affordable, the unique and universal connectivity offered by Kineis will soon be widely available to the general public (outdoor leisure activities, boating, etc.) and the private sector (logistics, fishing, agriculture, etc.). Kineis will enable IoT use to make the impossible, possible.


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