Inmarsat launches the first global UAV connectivity solution

Satellite giant Inmarsat has launched Velaris, the first global connectivity solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Velaris is powered by Inmarsat’s ELERA satellite network and enables commercial UAVs to fly beyond visual sight. The solution also provides UAV operators with access to key applications like real-time air traffic monitoring to ensure the safety of all commercial airspace users.

Anthony Spouncer, Inmarsat’s Senior Director of UAVs and Unmanned...

Ground Control merges with two British firms to create IoT connectivity giant

California-based Ground Control has merged with two British firms to create a new giant in IoT connectivity.

Ground Control was launched in 2000 and was acquired in 2019 by Wireless Innovation. In 2018, Wireless Innovation acquired Rock Seven.

The three companies are now merging under Ground Control to create a “best-of-breed” technology and service provider in satellite and IoT.

Alastair MacLeod, Ground Control’s CEO, said:

“I’m delighted...

Laurent V. de Mello, COO, Astrocast: On deploying satellite IoT networks

IoT News spoke with Astrocast COO Laurent Vieira de Mello to discuss the satellite company’s latest ventures and its future roadmap ahead of its appearance at IoT TechEx Global from 6-7 September.

Since 2018, Vieira de Mello has overseen operations at Astrocast as it continues to deploy its direct-to-satellite IoT network into orbit. As of now, the network consists of 10 commercial satellites with 90 more planned for deployment by the end of 2024.

Vieira de Mello...

Inmarsat launches programme to boost availability of satellite IoT solutions

Inmarsat has launched its Application and Solution Provider (ASP) programme with the intention of boosting adoption for IoT purposes.

ASP creates an ecosystem for software, hardware, and solution providers that enables access to Inmarsat’s global satellite connectivity and helps companies to expand into new sectors and geographies.

Mike Carter, President of Enterprise at Inmarsat, said:

“Inmarsat and our partners have been pioneering satellite-enabled IoT...

Myriota launches US and Canada service alongside next-gen nanosatellite, dev toolkit

IoT satellite connectivity provider Myriota has launched commercial service in the US and Canada alongside the successful deployment of a next-gen nanosatellite and a developer toolkit.

Myriota raised $19.3 million in funding in April last year with the aim of expanding its satellite constellation to 25 by 2022. The new satellite launched this week represents a step towards that goal and is the first of three nanosatellites that will launch on Rocket Lab’s They Go Up So Fast...

MediaTek claims industry first with successful NB-IoT satellite connection

Taiwanese semiconductor provider MediaTek has claimed an industry first with a public test of an NB-IoT device to an Inmarsat satellite 35,000 kilometres above the equator.

A bi-directional link was established from MediaTel's satellite-enabled standard NB-IoT device to a commercial GEO satellite. The test was conducted with a base station at the Fucino Space Center in Italy, and developed by Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry.

The test, which MediaTek said was...

Geespace’s IoT satellites enter final testing ahead of OmniCloud launch

Geespace, a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive giant behind Lotus and Volvo, says its first IoT satellites are entering final testing.

Many are looking to space to help power next-generation IoT services like self-driving vehicles. On the 50th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch, Geespace announced that its initial two satellites are entering final validation testing before they head to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for launch into low-orbit.

“With our...