IoT-Gateway: Lacuna Space Expands IoT Constellation With Equatorial Satellite

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IoT-Gateway: Lacuna Space Expands IoT Constellation With Equatorial Satellite

European connectivity provider Lacuna Space has announced the successful launch and communications with its fourth IoT-gateway in space. The satellite, carrying a new generation of space gateways, was transported to equatorial low Earth orbit onboard the PSLV-C49 mission from India.

The mission will cover a geographic band around the globe between the 40th parallels North and South – this means, it will stretch from Madrid to Cape Town. The mission is expected to enter full service before the end of the year.

We are continuing to push the boundaries of what’s technically possible with extremely low power IoT technology with each generation of IoT gateways we are putting into space,

said Rob Spurrett, CEO of Lacuna Space.

This latest one offers higher sensitivity and capacity for message reception from LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) devices. It also allows us to better cover regions around the equator offering more opportunities for our technology partners and IoT services providers across South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.

Among Lacuna’s partners is Sustainability Tech, a technology systems developer focussing on tropical forest ecosystems in Southeast Asia. Together the companies produce new satellite-connected sensors that monitor wetland hydrology, enabling a variety of companies to monitor fire risk and water levels from any internet-connected device. Josh Van Vianen, managing director of Sustainability Tech said:

The Lacuna satellite connection allows our clients to monitor their peatland restoration impact in harsh environments with more reliable uptime and lower costs compared with first generation systems. This is exactly the type of technology needed to massively scale up the climate solutions necessary to protect our planet from further warming.

Another partner is Interco Cloud, an IT integrator based in Colombia. Together, the companies developed forest monitoring services across Latin America. They also enable governments to monitor electricity generation from solar farms in remote regions at low cost.
Nelson Velandia, CEO of Interco Cloud, said:

The low availability of land connectivity, especially in the jungle tropics, hinders the viability of these projects. Lacuna Space is a strategic partner to integrate these types of solutions, where short messages are needed, making the project viable. This new satellite in equatorial orbit will also allow us to better advance such projects.

Lacuna Space, located in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, provides global connections to sensors and mobile equipment, based on open source LPWAN protocols. The service enables companies worldwide to gather data from remote sensors or tracking the status of moving assets.IoT-gateway

Author: Rainer Claaßen
Image Credit: Lacuna Space

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