EchoStar Mobile debuts first Pan-European LoRa®-enabled IoT network
EchoStar Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, has announced the deployment of their pan-European LoRa®-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) network. The network, operating in EchoStar Mobile’s licensed S-band spectrum from the EchoStar XXI satellite, is the first to offer bi-directional, real-time LoRa®-enabled connectivity across Europe using a single network.
The seamless coverage provides multinational service continuity to meet the needs of mobility customers, or those with widely distributed locations, in sectors including utilities, transportation, railway, logistics and agritech.
Telemaco Melia, vice president and general manager of EchoStar Mobile, said: “The activation of our pan-European network, the largest, and first multinational, LoRa®-enabled IoT network, is a significant milestone for EchoStar Mobile. We, along with dozens of partners participating in our early adoption program for LoRa®, are evaluating prototype devices and testing the network with applications such as railway track monitoring, smart farming, utility monitoring and asset tracking in preparation for commercial service launch, which is on track for late 2022.”
Massive IoT has immense potential for delivering a wide range of significant benefits to companies across many industries. Providing access to critical operational data, it can improve profitability and cost-efficiency, open new business opportunities, improve safety and offer greater sustainability. However, unlocking its full potential means accessing data from thousands of assets, many of which may be mobile or located in remote areas where terrestrial networks are limited.
LoRa® (meaning “Long Range”) is a low-power networking protocol ideal for connecting battery-powered devices. Until now, the technology has been largely dependent on the deployment of terrestrial infrastructure, constraining its use. The EchoStar Mobile solution overcomes this hurdle, using a LoRa®-enabled module that easily integrates into IoT devices to provide connectivity across Europe and allow sensors to send and receive information in real-time while on the move.
Mr. Melia continued: “Big data is the new currency in a world of accelerating change. The rapid collection, processing and management of data is vital for optimising industrial processes and changing society through innovation, whether by supporting the wider development of Smart Cities or the transition to renewable energy. Achieving the full potential of IoT means accessing data from thousands of machines, factories or distribution facilities, however remote, and bringing it to a central point for analysis and insight. The EchoStar Mobile satellite-enabled LoRa network enables industries to use IoT in innovative ways that can transform their operations.”