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Ground Control Develops Satellite IoT Gateway for Larger Data Payloads in Remote Locations

Enables more efficient transmission of large data payloads from distant locations.

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Following the launch of the latest Iridium network service, IMT, Ground Control, a satellite-focused IoT and M2M critical communications connectivity provider, has developed a new satellite IoT gateway to enable more efficient transmission of even larger data payloads from very remote locations.

Ensuring failsafe connectivity in mission-critical applications where data is paramount, the new IoT gateway delivers a lower-cost, message-based transfer. The IoT gateway has already been tested in Gabon in central Africa with Digital Forest UK to reduce poaching of endangered and monitored wildlife.

Ground Control’s new IoT gateway leverages the full potential of IMT and the industry standard MQTT messaging transport, a messaging protocol designed for IoT by which applications can exchange payloads of data between applications.

A research paper published by <em>Computer Weekly</em> last year found that 75 percent of businesses experienced connectivity challenges when testing IoT projects -- citing issues from coverage to interoperability and cost. Ground Control’s IoT Gateway is designed to address each of these challenges, providing global coverage, industry-standard interfaces, and cost efficiency. 

From remote monitoring to predictive maintenance, and improved processes to sustainability, the value of IoT data collection is universally acknowledged today. For Digital Forest UK, the tested solution enables rangers to see where threats are; traditional image-capture methods had only allowed them to analyze data retrospectively, in other words to see where threats were. Digital Forest UK needed to transmit images to rangers reliably and, most critically, in real time.

The satellite IoT gateway has enabled Digital Forest to quickly and easily integrate two-way messaging into their application via the RockREMOTE, transferring 100kb of data per message (large enough for compressed images) on demand.

Alastair MacLeod, CEO of Ground Control, said: “The new satellite IoT gateway answers many of the questions that have been posed for a number of years now, namely how to capture and transmit larger payloads of data without the traditionally associated cost burdens.

“This is primarily because RockREMOTE works to package and compress messages prior to transmission to minimize the amount of data sent. Additionally, as the data is transmitted on demand, it uses less power and is ideal for mission critical data analysis from extreme and remote locations.”

For further information about IMT and Ground Control’s IoT Satellite Gateway, visit the Ground Control site.

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