ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, will preview a new, cost-effective IoT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution at the SATELLITE 2020 conference in Washington DC, March 9-12. The new solution will provide its service provider partners the ability to offer satellite-based connectivity for the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) market. Powered by hiSky‘s robust cloud-based solution with innovative small form-factor terminals, delivered in conjunction with iDirect and Newtec platforms, this highly scalable, geostationary-based (GEO) satellite solution supports flexible business models for immediate market access.
“According to a Northern Sky Research report, the global commercial satellite IoT market is expected to grow to about $1.4b by the end of 2028,” said Thomas Van den Driessche, President of the Executive Strategic Board and Chief Commercial Officer of ST Engineering iDirect. “We believe now is the time to capture addressable market segments and do that as quickly, broadly and cost-effectively as possible. With our flexible platform-as-a-service model, our customers have a first mover advantage, delivering an innovative IoT solution, while leveraging their existing infrastructure investments and capacity.”
The IoT PaaS solution utilizes a family of compact, lightweight terminals that feature a tightly-integrated satellite modem and flat-panel antenna design in Ka-band or Ku-band variants. The initial IoT PaaS offering includes Low Data Rate (LDR) and Medium Data Rate (MDR) service for deployment within both fixed and mobile environments. ST Engineering iDirect is offering a range of creative business models to reduce the upfront capital investments and operational complexities service providers traditionally face in creating their own IoT platforms.
For mobile use cases, the dynamic IoT terminal can be deployed for vehicle and fleet tracking or management, mining, agriculture, construction sensor aggregation, and fishing fleet applications. The fixed IoT terminal is designed to be deployed in extremely remote areas for utilities, pipeline and other energy use cases, and agricultural sensor backhaul applications where the lack of existing infrastructure offers unique deployment challenges.