Friday Focus: Global IoT From Space


Self-proclaimed 21st Century tech pioneer Hiber has shown how it plans to create its first true global IoT network in a new video.  

The company, which wants to become a low cost, low power provider of IoT connectivity, plans to deliver global connectivity for sensor and Internet of Things (IoT) related devices through its Hiberband service, which uses its own satellite network.

Commercial maritime operations already depend on IoT and sensors as a way of connecting information centres with the status of containers carrying cargo.

CMA CGM, the owner of the world's third largest fleet of ocean carriers, recently announced a new service that will allow its customers to monitor each step of a container’s transport with a fixed connected box.

However, the demand for reliable, secure networks that connect ships to shore will become more intense with the rise of new technology and ways of monitoring data such as with autonomous ships.

A Port Technology technical paper by 1-Stop Communications' CEO Michael Bouari recently explained that an AI-empowered system could provide special advantages to ports

Development in this sector is being led by player such as KONGSBERG, which recently signed an agreement to buy Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine business — a significant deal for establishing automation in the maritime industry.

Hiber and its first Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN) could become one of the key elements and part of a new rise of stakeholders in connected ship development.

To move towards achieving this, it will launch its first two satellites in Q4 of 2018, with a commercial network up and running in November 2018.

Over the coming five years, Hiber aims to grow its constellation to a total number of 48 satellites.

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