SAT4M2M and Fujitsu to develop a module enabling IoT comms via satellite

The cooperation between the two companies aims at the design, development and production of a new range of IoT LPWA (Low power Wide Area) modules to the booming IoT markets with the following disruptive key features:

  • Communication to Low Earth Orbits (LEO) satellite payloads according to the SAT4M2M developed protocol of communication with the use of SAT4M2M patents
  • Global coverage with several IoT messages / day
  • High capacity serving thousands of connected objects simultaneously
  • Low battery consumption that secures + 5 years autonomous operation with the use of small batteries
  • Easy integration with terrestrial LPWA solutions (Sigfox, Lora, Weightless and NB IoT)
  • Easy integration with GNSS capabilities (GPS, Glonass and Galileo)
  • Easy integration of SPI/I2C sensors

The companies

SAT4M2M: “Bringing Space to the Internet of Things”.

The company develops a disruptive LPWA space based connectivity to expand the fast growing domains of IoT and benefits from the support of EU, ESA (European Space Agency), ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), DLR (German Space Agency), leading industry partners and has secured substantial financing. The company meets the needs of a high number of business cases in the following Industrial IoT verticals: transportation & logistics, industry 4.0, agriculture, energy & environment, safety & security.

As an end user or IoT player, feel free to contact us for a participation in our on- going IoT developments & projects.

Contact:
Dr. Martin Haunschild, CEO
mh@sat4m2m.com

Fujitsu Electronics Europe: “Accelerating Global Innovation”

Fujitsu Electronics Europe GmbH (FEEU) markets complex solutions developed in-house, by Fujitsu (and former Fujitsu) companies and third-party manufacturers. FEEU’s ‘Best in Class’ approach ensures that customers only receive the best product in a segment. As a Global Value Added Distribution Partner FEEU’s offering ranges from identifying the best technical device solution up to finding the right production site for our customer’s products including additional service during the design phase. Special focus is put on ultra-low-power and small form factor IoT applications. More at http://www.fujitsu.com/feeu/

In case you need support in your low-power product development feel free to contact us.

Contact:
Axel Tripkewitz, President & Managing Director
Axel.Tripkewitz@de.fujitsu.com

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IHS Markit Identifies Top Trends Driving the IoT in 2018 and Beyond

Number of connected IoT devices to top 31 billion in 2018

LONDON (February 1, 2018) – Driven by the need for intelligent connected devices in industrial and commercial applications, the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices globally will grow to more than 31 billion in 2018, according to new analysis from business information provider IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO). The commercial and industrial sector, powered by building automation, industrial automation and lighting, is forecast to account for about half of all new connected devices between 2018 and 2030.

“The IoT is not a recent phenomenon, but what is new is it’s now working hand in hand with other transformative technologies like artificial intelligence and the cloud,” said Jenalea Howell, research director for IoT connectivity and smart cities at IHS Markit. “This is fueling the convergence of verticals such as industrial IoT, smart cities and buildings, and the connected home, and it’s increasing competitiveness.”

In its latest IoT Trend Watch report, IHS Markit identifies four key drivers and the trends that will impact the IoT this year and beyond:

Innovation and competitiveness

  • The IoT opportunity has attracted numerous duplicative and overlapping wireless solutions such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 5G, NB-IoT, LoRa and Sigfox. Standards consolidation lies ahead, but confusion and fragmentation will dominate in the near term.
  • Enterprises are leveraging the location of data as a competitive advantage — and as a result, a hybrid approach to cloud and data center management is taking hold. More and more companies will employ both on-premises data centers and off-premises cloud services to manage their IT infrastructure.

Business models

  • 5G builds upon earlier investments in M2M (machine-to-machine) and traditional IoT applications, enabling significant increases in economies of scale that drive adoption and utilization across all sectors of industry. Improved low-power requirements, the ability to operate on licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and better coverage will drive significantly lower costs across the IoT.
  • Cellular IoT gateways, which facilitate WAN connectivity, will be integral to edge computing deployments. 2018 will bring increased focus on compute capabilities and enhanced security for cellular IoT gateways.

Standardization and security

  • Cybersecurity is a leading concern for IoT adopters. IoT deployments face critical cybersecurity risks because there are potentially many more IoT devices to secure compared to traditional IT infrastructure devices, presenting increased risk to traditional communications and computing systems, as well as physical health and safety.
  • Despite the promise it holds, blockchain — a technology for securely storing and transferring data — is not a panacea. Initially, IoT applications for blockchain technology will focus on asset tracking and management.

Wireless technology innovation

  • IoT platforms are becoming more integrated. Currently, there are more than 400 IoT platform providers. Many vendors are using integration to compete more effectively, providing highly integrated functionality for IoT application developers and adopters.
  • Significant innovation will occur when IoT app developers can leverage data from myriad deployed sensors, machines and data stores. A key inflection point for the IoT will be the gradual shift from the current “Intranets of Things” deployment model to one where data can be exposed, discovered, entitled and shared with third-party IoT application developers.

IHS Markit provides insight and analysis for more than 25 connectivity technologies in 34 application segments used for the IoT. For more information on wireless connectivity technologies and the opportunities offered by the IoT, visit The Evolving Internet of Things or call +1 844 301 7334.

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Antenova’s compact antenna boosts GNSS signals

CES 2018: Antenova launches a compact, all-in-one active GNSS antenna, at the show in Las Vegas. The M20047-1 adds another option to the company’s range of positioning antennae and modules.

The M20047-1 operates in the 1559 to 1609MHz bands, and offers designers a space-saving option for small tracking devices.

Antenova says its key features are the active components, the built-in LNA and filter, which act to boost the signal to the GNSS processor in environments where there is a restricted view of the sky and line-of-sight to the horizon is difficult. With the LNA and filtering already built into the antenna, designers will not need to add them, saving space on the PCB.

The M20047-1 is a very low profile rigid FR4 antenna measuring 7.0 x 7.0 x 1.1mm, making it suitable for use in small tracking devices. It is suitable for tracking all kinds of moving objects, telematics and wearable sports devices.

The M20047-1 antenna is also named Active Sinica and is an alternative to Antenova’s Sinica antenna (part no SR4G008), which is marketed for accurate positioning.

Antenova’s antennas are specifically designed for easy integration, however the company provides full engineering support to help customers with all aspects of antenna testing, tuning and integration.

Antenova develops and supplies integrated antennae and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless M2M devices.

Antenova’s broad range of standard antennae and RF modules are suitable for GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, LP-WAN, LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.

Antenova provides design advice and technical support, including custom antenna design, engineering, integration and test services.

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