Antennas, Bananas and the Internet of Things: How Satellite Will Enable the Future of IoTWhy IoT? The growth of the IoT industry represents our increasing ability as humans to move data around globally,…
The growth of the IoT industry represents our increasing ability as humans to move data around globally, which is extremely powerful. By sharing information between vehicles, devices and people we can provide services, information and goods to one another at an unprecedented level of efficiency.
This access to information can be applied to any import or export across the globe. It is vital that we understand how far IoT extends beyond connected homes and cell phones — for example, global trade relies on the IoT’s capacity to evolve, and there are countless industries just like it.
So what does this look like?
Take for instance, a shipment of bananas traveling from Costa Rica through Nassau to New York City. Costa Rica is well known for its banana exports, but the bananas must arrive at an exact temperature and ripeness specific to each regional delivery. For example, in the Caribbean, consumers are accustomed to cooking with green, ‘unripe’ bananas, while New Yorkers want their bananas to arrive a golden yellow. The cargo ship carrying the produce must contain highly accurate sensors to monitor and report data to the shippers to ensure quality. Additionally, shippers must have the ability to control and adjust the temperature and airflow within the shipment accordingly.
Where does Kymeta come in?
Kymeta uses a metamaterials-based toolset to produce flat, lightweight and software steered satellite antennas that can access the vast capacity offered by satellite spectrum. These antennas eliminate mechanical parts, and create opportunities to connect all kinds of mobile platforms and remote locations to the internet via satellite connection. The technology to connect the banana shipment with the shippers and the ports expecting the shipments becomes flexible and scalable with Kymeta. With more than 30 billion connected devices expected by 2020, companies looking to leverage IoT must seek connectivity beyond existing terrestrial networks and impossibly expensive services, bulky equipment and high-maintenance hardware of traditional satellite solutions.
What happens next?
As more connected objects become available, Kymeta will continue to advance our ability to connect people, devices, and vehicles of every kind. Kymeta is delivering what connectivity should be—secure, accessible and universal.