Image credit: Lacuna Space Ltd, Project: Internet of Things Technology Demonstration
A significant number of customers across the globe in all market verticals want to receive short messages from their in-field sensors, such as temperature gauges, pressure sensors, gas sensors etc. over the internet. However, these are often in regions and locations that are currently unreachable by terrestrial IT networks, or are too sparsely populated for terrestrial networks to be economically viable.
In order to serve these customers and their applications Lacuna Space leverages existing Low-Power Wide Area Network open standards (LPWAN), such as LoRa (Long Range) protocols and the growing ecosystem of low-cost sensors and service providers.
Lacuna Space uses Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to communicate directly with these remote terrestrial sensors without the need for any expensive intermediate modem. This keeps costs low thereby improving the competitive offering to customers.
This project, with key developed technologies, demonstrates the ability to receive LoRa messages in space directly from the ground sensors which are located around the globe with trusted demo partners.