The Internet of Things (IoT) network is beneficial to remote areas. However, linking the sensors that offer this service is a hectic task that takes time and resources. Wind turbines and oil miners enjoy this service since they can connect their operations to the network to identify potential risks and how to avoid them.
Other sectors that can benefit from this technology include cargo containers tracked through the sea or ocean on a ship. Satellites can send signals to these vessels to track how the items that they are transporting are moving about the sea. Initially, linking people to low-power and low-data devices to the internet is plausible when satellites are involved.
Swarm resorted to developing a satellite network for the IoT networks to ensure that its customers can access the internet at affordable prices. The company announced that it had developed the LoRa wireless technology to serve in this sphere. The company was under pressure from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) when it deployed four tiny satellites without certification. Swarm lamented over FCC’s stringent measures that require the company not to launch the small, untraceable satellites but equally large to create debris in space when it collides with other objects in orbit. The FCC announced that this launch was the first unauthorized in years, attracting a fine of U.S. $900,000.
LoRa is a renowned wireless communication designed by Semtech. The technology is essential in making commercial IoT launches. It denotes “Long Range” since the network offers internet for remote regions. The network transmits data in small units, ensuring that devices can enjoy a regular stream of the internet as it flows.
Swarm came to the point of settling on deploying satellites’ constellations to meet its technological requirements before realizing that the technology would take a long to materialize and meet the urgent customer needs. The company realized that working with Iridium, Inmarsat, and Globalstar to deploy the satellites would be expensive for the company. The chief technology officer, Ben Longmier, stated that they discovered that advancing LoRa would help them save on the cost that they would have incurred with the traditional technology.
Longmier explained that they adjusted some settings to ensure that the technology was compatible with the satellites they had already deployed. Swarm satellites’ speed of transmitting the signals implied that they would encounter distortions and interferences, making them adjust the technology before launching it.
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