Objectives of the service
In today’s connected world, there is a critical need for a global communication network for IoT (Internet of Things) and Machine to Machine (M2M) applications. Cellular networks and all the new IoT networks like Sigfox and LoRa based systems combined still only cover less than 10% of the geography of the earth. Astrocast covers 100% of the earth which means it can provide connectivity on land and sea to meet the growing needs of the IoT market.
A substantial cost reduction compared to our competitors is made possible through our focus on developing both a nanosatellite constellation and terminal dedicated to customers with smaller data needs (sub 1KB per day).
Astrocast's sun-synchronous orbit allows its constellation of 80 satellites to cover the entire earth surface and provide near real-time communication anywhere you can see the sky.
Whether you need to connect one device or a million, our global constellation and our infrastructure is designed to scale accordingly.
Our small form-factor and low power modules are designed to be easily integrated into customer's existing products if you are an OEM’s.
Our REST API allows customers to easily integrate data directly into their platform or ERP.
Users and their needs
Astrocast is working with three pilot test users in different industry sectors:
Our pilot customer makes fishing buoys that allow fisherman to easily locate large schools of fish. These buoys are deployed in wide areas in the ocean and then the fishing boats follow the fish through the buoy network improving their yield per trips which reduces cost especially fuel costs. The Astrocast system is significantly lower cost and more power efficient than the current satellite provider.
2. Vehicle monitoring
This user needs a communication solution that enables them to receive information about the state of mining vehicles’ health, maintenance information, vehicle status as well as capabilities that would enable them to track stolen vehicles. These mining operations tend to be in very remote areas where cellular service is unavailable.
3. Infrastructure monitoring (water kiosk)
This pilot user provides water kiosks in remote villages in Africa and South America to provide clean drinking water to the villagers. They need to monitor the operation and perform periodic maintenance on the machine to make sure it is operating properly while there are no cellular systems in most of these villages.
Service/ system concept
Astrocast offers annual data subscription packages and a module to its customers. The customers can mount the module on their assets and relay critical data such as geolocation coordinates, sensor data and much more. The relayed data is easily accessible on their cloud service subscription.
Astrocast service helps customers in
- Remote monitoring
- Predictive maintenance
- Intelligent data
- Geolocation services in a cost-effective manner.
Space Added Value
Astrocast is developing a constellation of nanosatellites based on the 3U CubeSat format. Most of the components used in the nanosatellites are based on COTS components. The in-house development expertise with nanosatellites allows for low development cost which together with low launching costs per nanosatellite provides a cost-effective solution. This cost advantage will be passed to our customers in the form of low prices for annual data subscriptions.
The whole solution is optimally designed for global applications requiring low power, energy efficient communications and small form factors for embedded connectivity.
All three pilot users have signed agreements with Astrocast relating to their utilization of our pilot service offering in 2018.
The launch of the two demonstration satellites happened in Dec 2018 and April 2019.
Commercial operations will start in 2020.