Senet, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), has partnered with Eutelsat Communications, TrakAssure and Wyld Networks to bring integrated and interoperable terrestrial and satellite LoRaWAN IoT connectivity to customers worldwide.
Through platform integrations, innovative sensor and hardware design, collaborative service delivery, and compelling pricing, the companies are targeting the global supply chain, including container logistics and related asset tracking, as the first and anchor applications.
End-to-end managed network services delivered through this collaboration will provide a new level of visibility into supply chain operations. For example:
- Containers arriving at ports are tracked via Senet’s terrestrial network
- Goods transported on cargo trucks are tracked throughout metro areas via Senet’s Network and Extended Coverage services enabled by network partners like Helium
- Rural transportation routes will be connected via the terrestrial network if detected and to the satellite network when no terrestrial network is detected and an uplink is needed
- Distribution and retail centers will be supported by terrestrial network coverage
Further solidifying this multi-party collaboration, the organizations have formed the Multimodal IoT Infrastructure Consortium (MMIIC) with an initial focus on formalizing and completing all technical tests, pilots and the commercial delivery of its first-to-market supply chain solutions.
This will be followed by the prioritization and delivery of additional solutions designed to extend the adoption of LoRaWAN connectivity into markets that can benefit from the combination of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and terrestrial network connectivity.
Testing is underway for ELO nanosatellites (Eutelsat LEO for Objects), which will provide LoRaWAN coverage, allowing sensor-enabled devices to transmit data, irrespective of their location, addressing gaps in terrestrial network coverage across rural areas, shipping and transportation routes, and other hard to reach areas.
Senet will provide terrestrial LoRaWAN network connectivity and offer Eutelsat satellite coverage through its extended coverage services. Through unique network and device management capabilities, end IoT devices will connect to Senet terrestrial networks by default and automatically switch to satellite when coverage gaps are recognized.
In partnership with TrakAssure and Wyld Networks, Senet will complete application integration and device testing with its network server to ensure the delivery of carrier-grade network service and robust device management for TrakAssure’s supply chain visibility solutions.
“IoT will drive economic growth for decades to come, but a comprehensive and cost-effective strategy is needed in order to deliver robust network coverage across a geography as massive as the United States,” said Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Senet. “Senet’s terrestrial Network, extended coverage through partners like Helium, innovative LPWAN Virtual Network program, and now satellite creates the first and only true national and global LoRaWAN IoT network, covering any geographic area required. This capacity is especially important to logistics applications and is another example of Senet innovating based on unique market and customer requirements.”
TrakAssure and Wyld Networks are collaborating on the design and production of a new sensor-enabled end device to be used for supply chain and asset tracking solutions. Wyld is designing and producing the hardware module along with unique firmware. Using standard LoRaWAN compliant chips and components will allow for low cost and time to market advantages. Through its partnership with Senet, TrakAssure will be offering terrestrial and satellite LoRaWAN network connectivity for single trip, semi and permanent infrastructure-based supply chain visibility. In addition to location tracking and presence detection, TrakAssure supports LoRaWAN devices used for temperature monitoring, geofence location alerts, proof of delivery and other supply chain visibility requirements.
The companies are planning a commercial services launch in the second half of 2022 with pilots beginning in February. If you are an enterprise, application provider or systems integrator interested in participating in a pilot or learning more about this unique service, contact: MMIIC Info Request.