Ku-band satellite platform targets industrial IoT

March 09, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Ku-band satellite platform targets industrial IoT
A satellite communications platform designed for service providers eager to tap into the emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) market, the TSAT 4000 Ku-band hub and terminals are built for narrowband data connectivity and applications in rugged and remote environments.

The platform addresses the growing demand for Ku-band IoT systems as traffic volumes increase across major industrial markets. While L-band systems will continue to support extremely low data rate IoT applications, Ku-band networks are positioned to capture market share as network traffic increases. Ku-band networks handle higher data volume more cost-effectively than most L-band systems due to greater spectrum availability, competitive pricing and flat-fee subscription models.

The TSAT 4000 Ku-band platform is designed from the ground up for narrowband data connectivity and applications. It requires minimal initial capital outlay for hub hardware. The platform can support large captive or shared networks at data rates greater than 128 kbps and integrates with low power wireless sensor technologies. TSAT 4000 builds on the company's TSAT 3000 product line, which can support data rates as low as 9.6 kbps for SCADA applications.

"The Industrial IoT market is a significant opportunity for satellite service providers," says Christian Bergan, TSAT's vice president of sales and marketing. "Companies around the world are extending the scope of IoT networks to mission-critical infrastructure in rugged and remote locations. TSAT 4000 enables private networking at a low operational cost. We want to equip organizations with greater visibility and intelligence into their operations so they can improve productivity, safety and efficiency."

According to NSR, the M2M and IoT over satellite market will increase to more than 5.3 million terminals by 2024. The opportunity extends across a diverse range of industries – such as energy production, power distribution, water management, as well as applications for smart transportation, infrastructure, environment and agriculture. In these markets, satellite networks will extend IoT connectivity into remote and industrialized areas for asset monitoring, data aggregation and network backhaul applications.


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