In what is claimed to be a first for India, the government-owned telecommunications provider BSNL and Skylo, which offers satellite-based IoT solutions, have announced an exclusive IoT partnership.
The partnership, they claim, is poised to connect billions of sensors and machines in maritime, agriculture, railway, logistics and disaster management through the world’s first 5G NB-IoT network over satellite.
Together, Skylo and BSNL plan to connect sensors and machines from space, so that business owners anywhere can understand, manage and predict what is happening in order to make smart and timely decisions. The network will be accessible across the subcontinent and is being rolled out with selected customers in both the government and private sectors.
With Skylo and BSNL, the partners say, fishermen, farmers and truck drivers can access the benefits of an affordable, reliable satellite network and connected sensors, giving them up-to-the-minute information. As a result, they will be able to make better decisions, save time and money, improve operations – and even save the lives of their workers.
Skylo is currently being integrated and tested on trucks, commercial vehicles, railways and fishing vessels in India.
Skylo connects machines so they can start sharing data through the Skylo Hub, which reads sensors and transmits data to the Skylo Satellite Network, which then sends data to end users.
The immersive Skylo Platform provides a visualized experience via mobile and desktop and gives users the ability to take immediate and appropriate action. Skylo adds that it leverages existing satellites to bring reliable connectivity without the need to add new infrastructure in space.