State-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in a collaboration with Skylotech India has announced the launch of the world’s first satellite-based Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) at the Indian Mobile Congress 2020. “India will now have access to a ubiquitous fabric of connectivity for millions of yet unconnected machines, sensors, and industrial IoT devices,” said the company.
The ‘Made in India’ Solution developed by Skylo, will link with BSNLs satellite- ground infrastructure and give PAN-India coverage, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, and from Gujarat to the North East, including the Indian seas.
It is presently being combined and tested on commercial vehicles, railways, and fishing vessels in India. Constructed under the “Make in India” initiative, Skylo said that it has leveraged cellular-grade hardware to speak over satellites, resulting in highly affordable, easy to install rugged hub devices, and an immersive dashboard to be able to gain information from remote locations on desktops or mobile devices. Skylo leverages existing satellites to introduce reliable connectivity without the requirement of adding new infrastructure in space.
A tiny, elegant & incredibly rugged box, the Skylo ‘User Terminal’ fused with sensors and transmits data to the network of Skylo. The enticing Skylo Platform offers a visualized experience via mobile and desktop. It also gives the ability to take appropriate and immediate action, to users.
This new digital machine connectivity layer will complement Wi-Fi networks & smartphone-centric mobile. It covers India’s whole geography to bring online new applications for the first time. Beginning with fishermen, farmers, construction, mining, and logistics enterprises, this technology is expected to outreach various user groups before the start of New Year 2021.
Commenting on the launch, Parthsarathi Trivedi, CEO and Co-founder, Skylo, said, “For centuries, industries including agriculture, railways, and fisheries, have been operating in the physical world and haven’t had the opportunity to take full advantage of modern digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), IoT, and space connectivity, regardless of their geography – until today. With Skylo and BSNL, fishermen, farmers, and truck drivers can access the benefits of an affordable, reliable satellite network and connected sensors, giving them up to the minute information. As a result, they’ll be able to make better decisions, save time and money, radically improve operations, and even save the lives of their workers.”