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VerticaL M2M and Astrocast partner to bring low cost & two ways communication IoT solutions to industries through nanosatellites

(9 June 2020 - VerticaL M2M) Astrocast and VERTICAL M2M today announce a partnership to enhance delivery of IoT solutions for the Oil & Gas, Smart Farming and Transportation and logistics industries.

Together the companies will enable customers with IoT devices in remote locations, without connectivity, to receive critical data and updates and send commands to these assets from anywhere in the world.

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Nanosatellite networks fill in the gaps in satellite and terrestrial communications (courtesy: Astrocast)

“We are committed to offering our customers the best connectivity options available and helping them to successfully deploy their IoT applications,” says Maurice Zembra, CEO of Vertical M2M. “Astrocast is one of the few players with the nanosatellite expertise and technological advantages such as data compression and processing, and the ability to deliver a cost-effective way for our customers to fill in the connectivity gaps that terrestrial networks cannot cover.”

While the majority of the world is without connectivity, certain industries require a secure and reliable way to communicate with their assets at all times. Monitoring these assets is key to the success of their business. Astrocast and Vertical M2M plan to focus on highly resilient solutions for three key industries where traditional terrestrial connectivity may be out-of-reach :

  • Oil & Gas:
  • Pipeline leak detection and prevention.
  • Remote monitoring of key measurements (pressure, gas presence) for off-shore drilling rigs and security for remote workers.
  • Smart Farming:
  • Remote management of crops.
  • Livestock health monitoring and management.
  • Transportation & Logistics:
  • Supply Chain efficiency and delivery time improvement.

“We are excited to work with IoT pioneers like Vertical M2M and become a part of their ecosystem. Together we will build reliable and affordable solutions for these markets,” said Fabien Jordan CEO of Astrocast. “The combination of our platforms brings ultimate flexibility, reliability, and coverage to industries that have traditional struggled to monitor and maintain remote assets.”

The Astrocast secure, bi-directional IoT Nanosatellite Network and CommonSense IoT Platform®, a versatile, feature-rich industrial platform that makes it simple to go from sensors to tailor-made applications, will soon showcase joint IoT applications that fulfill the requirements of key challenges for remote asset monitoring and management.

About Astrocast

Astrocast SA, in partnership with the European Space Agency, Airbus, and Thuraya, is developing an advanced nanosatellite network for the Internet of things (IoT). Airbus, the CEA and Astrocast have developed a low-cost ASIC and data-protocol that provides the most power efficient satellite modem for IoT applications. The constellation will consist of 100 CubeSat satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and will provide low latency global coverage. Astrocast was founded in 2014 by the developers of SwissCube, one of the longest lasting, operational nanosatellites in space.

About Vertical M2M

Vertical M2M is a leading IoT/M2M software developer since 2008. Its CommonSense IoT Platform® enables solution providers, systems integrators, industrial players, telcos, or device makers to build and deploy end-to-end IoT solutions with ease. Fast IoT device integration with modelization, multi-protocols support, device and data management tools as well as a codeless design tool and off-the-shelves applications are key elements of the platform. It is available as a SaaS and On-Premise.