Internet of Things solutions provider Stream Technologies and Global Satellite Engineering (GSE) announced the successful demonstration of low power, wide area networks (LPWAN) communications using the LoRaWAN standard over the Iridium satellite network today (10 November 2015).
This demonstration took place at the LoRa Alliance Open House in Rotterdam, Netherlands, an event focused on enabling simple interoperability for the Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions.
Stream Technologies' IoT-X connected device platform was developed to monitor, manage and monetise M2M applications. By using the Iridium network to backhaul LoRa capabilities, customers will be able to deploy "pop-up networks" in remote locations, taking full advantage of the flexibility provided by both technologies.
"This opens up great possibilities for using LoRa networks where cellular coverage is not available, and where using multiple satellite end points is not cost effective," said Alan Tait, chief technology officer at Stream Technologies. "We can now leverage the Iridium network to enable LoRa networks anywhere, opening up new opportunities for the M2M and Internet of Things industries."
The Iridium network is a global, mobile satellite constellation comprised of 66 low-Earth orbit satellites, enabling coverage spanning the entire globe, including the poles. Its unique mesh architecture delivers reliable, near real-time communications for a wide range of M2M solutions and markets.
"We are excited that Stream Technologies and GSE are able to demonstrate the power that Iridium can bring to the Internet of Things by extending LoRa based networks anywhere on the planet. Together with our partners, we can enable low-cost global IoT networking across 100 percent of the globe," said Tim Last, vice president and general manager, M2M line of business at Iridium.