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Why Develop Satellite IoT?

The direct users of the Internet of Things are not humans, but rather the various assets that humans possess. For those of us living in industrialized societies, it is normal for each person to have dozens or even hundreds of connected devices.

In addition to personal vehicles such as cars, electric bikes, and bicycles, we also use public transportation such as airplanes, high-speed trains, subways, buses, and shared bicycles.

If we include commercial assets used for various services, such as logistics platforms, logistics equipment, and energy facilities, each of us is connected to a large number of devices.

In addition to personal use, if we need to monitor natural environments such as mountains, rivers, atmosphere, and wildlife for environmental protection and natural disaster warning, the number of IoT devices can be astronomical.

Even with the current advanced IoT services, they have just entered the threshold of achieving massive connections. Under the demand for a connected world, the technology of Satellite IoT has emerged.

Industrial Development of Satellite IoT

In 2009, China proposed the development of the Internet of Things industry of connecting everything. Over the past decade, this industry chain has been rapidly developing. In terms of industrial scale, McKinsey estimates that the production value of Satellite IoT will reach $560-850 billion by 2025.

For many people, the term "Internet of Things" evokes the achievement of smart cities, such as streetlights with traffic cameras and air quality sensors, or networked devices in their own homes.

A natural question is, why haven't you thought of using satellites to connect any of these devices? The answer is that it is not necessary. These attempts are meaningless.

Applications of Satellite IoT

However, the satellite-based IoT network industry is still booming, even though in many ways it is like satellite broadband, the last resort for people without other connection options.

It is widely used in areas such as forest fire prevention, marine vessel monitoring, container tracking, and smart agriculture.

As long as there is no ground operator network, a mature channel can be established through Satellite IoT, solving the burden of IoT.

Currently, the front-end acquisition sensors are mature, and the back-end data analysis is mature, but the transmission layer in between has encountered bottlenecks.

Whether using 2G, 3G, or the current 4G, 5G, the IoT we can achieve now only covers urban areas, while the scenarios of IoT are mostly located outside cities.

Outside cities, there are large parts of mountains, water, forests, fields, and lakes in China, which lack network coverage from ecological environment construction to emergency warning for natural disasters. In addition, the sea and airspace are also lacking network coverage.

Under the new infrastructure, information systems need to keep up, and these scenarios are all within the scope of narrowband IoT applications. In terms of coverage, ground networks can never keep up with the expansion of IoT application scenarios.

Therefore, Satellite IoT is the only effective way to solve the transmission layer coverage bottleneck of IoT, and there is no second option.

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