Enterprises with remote operations that want to profit from IIoT but don’t have reliable connectivity alternatives have had little choice but to rely on expensive satellite providers with no IIoT experience until recently. Fusion Satellite, which is a purpose-built satellite technology specifically designed to suit IIoT criteria, is being developed by FreeWave Technologies and Swarm Technologies to take the expense out of the equation. Fusion Satellite, which is powered by the Swarm Tile satellite modems, makes it simple for businesses to link various sensors and devices in the areaimprove asset management, access edge data, and achieve new operational efficiencies. ModuSense, Swarm’s first corporate partner and and FreeWave have established a joint venture to drive innovation in the sensor to the satellite applications sector.
FreeWave Technologies Chief Executive Officer Kirk Byles states, “Fusion Satellite is indeed a game disruptor for remote operations in numerous areas from agriculture to maritime.” “This solution not only builds on the dedicated IIoT technology as well as communications competence, but it also makes use of Swarm’s satellite technology, which is 4 – 20 times less expensive than legacy solutions, easy to use, and offers 100 percent global coverage, allowing businesses to connect devices anywhere on the planet. Swarm’s satellite services will let customers construct sensing and telemetry solutions that serve their continuous operational demands by combining FreeWave, and the ModuSense edge compute and their sensing technologies.”
Enterprises with distant assets generating crucial data in the field or who want reliable tracking capabilities in tough settings or when crossing big bodies of water will find Fusion Satellite to be a viable solution. Visibility into these assets is critical for decision-making and enabling organizations to minimize business risk proactively.
Sara Spangelo, Swarm Co-Founder and CEO, states, “Swarm has been concentrating on establishing inexpensive global connectivity in locations where it is most needed.” “Our small satellites enable us to supply FreeWave with the most cost-effective satellite connectivity, and our small, low-power technology is easily integrated into items such as FreeWave’s Fusion Satellite. The new solution will assist offer maximum value across a variety of use cases and industries thanks to its affordable costs, worldwide coverage, and the easy-to-use hardware.”
FreeWave Technologies, Inc. is a Boulder, Colorado-based industrial firm that develops and develops safe machine-to-machine wireless networking, computing systems, and communications. FreeWave’s radios collect and transmit data from robots, drones, sensors, valves, gauges, and unmanned vehicles over great distances (60+ miles) in both clear line-of-sight and hostile conditions.
Swarm Technologies, Inc. is a private firm that uses a Store and Forward design to develop a low-earth-orbit satellite constellation for the purpose of communications with the Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Craft Ventures was an early backer. Swarm and SpaceX agreed on July 16, 2021, to be a direct wholly-possessed subsidiary of SpaceX. They have a license from the Federal Communications Commission for low-bandwidth communications satellites in low-Earth orbit.