Kepler Communications, forerunner of today’s nanosatellite telecommunications solutions, announced today it has opened early-access registration for its Internet of Things (IoT) Developer Kit, which will be available for purchase in Q1 2020. A limited number of early trials will be provided.
The DevKit will provide early access to Kepler’s forthcoming satellite-enabled narrowband connectivity service. Designed to provide a truly-global and affordable satellite service that will support IoT services such as asset tracking and monitoring sensors anywhere on the planet.
The trials will be supported by Kepler’s third satellite and others that will launch throughout 2020. The spacecraft will offer both wideband and narrowband data transfer services globally, from pole to pole, and represents another significant milestone in Kepler’s technology roadmap.
Kepler’s everywhereIOTTM is designed to overcome the hardest connectivity challenges faced by those looking to deploy a global IoT solution. By ensuring low-cost global coverage under a single network, the service is able to satisfy the bandwidth requirements of a wide range of applications, from railcar tracking to monitoring the status of containers or the location of livestock. Currently, many of these use cases are hindered by the lack of low-cost, globally-available satellite and terrestrial infrastructure.
“Various studies and market research reports predict billions of industrial IoT connections coming online in the next 5 years, and a global solution such as our everywhereIOT service will be key to achieving this. For this reason, we believe this to be exciting news for the market, as much as it marks an important milestone for Kepler. We are adding a unique set of capabilities for smart connected devices that did not previously exist in a satellite service” explained Wen Cheng Chong, Co-Founder and CTO at Kepler. “Together with the world’s OEMs, device and sensor manufacturers, and solution providers, we envision a future where Kepler’s everywhereIOT makes possible higher efficiencies across multiple industries.”
As the constellation grows, Kepler will enable a cellular-quality, standardized connection for IoT that utilizes the purpose-built fleet of CubeSats designed and operated by the team at Kepler. The IoT DevKit has been developed with an integrated Raspberry Pi, facilitating the use of an array of smart, connected products and sensors currently available on the market. Multiple data requirements, ranging from bytes to MBs per month, will be supported by way of low-cost, flexible airtime plans. In parallel with the DevKit, Kepler is also developing a mobile-phone sized module for asset tracking, the first application-specific IoT hardware to be brought to market.
An increasing number of industries are looking to benefit from IoT solutions, such as maritime and land transportation, energy, SmartAg, and other research and development-focused organizations. “These industries are exceptionally well-positioned and in need of advanced automation and monitoring technologies to comply with new environmental regulations. At this point, the market should be ready. And we are building our capabilities to support the deployment of thousands of IoT connections in the next years,” explains Wen Cheng Chong.