The satellite IoT industry is undergoing a transformation with the emergence of NewSpace and the rising demand for global IoT connectivity. Exploration of innovative satellite solutions, adoption of robust and dynamic business models, and a growing shift in investments and research from public to private organizations are fast emerging as the key trends in the satellite IoT ecosystem. Demand of IoT end-device connectivity is driving the need for innovative communication techniques. In addition to the terrestrial infrastructure, satellite communication appears set to play a key role in supporting IoT applications in diverse areas, including mining locations, deep sea, and remote sites where cellular connectivity is unavailable. This report includes an overview of the emerging trends in satellite communication for IoT applications, highlighting the interest around the exploration of new orbits, development of nanosatellites, and impact of blockchain, AI and 5G for a connected satellite environment. Competitive Analysis This section includes a study of the leading satellite companies and other emerging firms operating in the IoT space. These include entities like Inmarsat, Iridium Communications, Intelsat, Globalstar, and Orbcomm. We also provide an overview of the startups offering LEO nanosatellites. Most of these companies are focusing on building LEO constellations in the coming years and are partnering with IoT companies and operators for delivering enhanced connectivity solutions for a streamlined IoT ecosystem. The ultimate goal here is to deliver real-time satellite communication for the IoT ecosystem. The startups covered in the report include, • Myriota • Aistech • SAS • Open Cosmos • Astrocast • Fleet Space Technologies • Hiber • Analytical Space • Kepler Communications • Commsat Technology Development Co Ltd • KLEO • Kinesis • NanoAvionics • Accion Systems • Phase Four • Syrlinks • Vector • LinkSpace • Helio Wire • Kymeta • Phasor Key Insights: • Demand for small LEO satellites is increasing with the need to deliver accelerated space services. • Hybrid satellite-terrestrial configurations are going mainstream as support for advanced applications such as autonomous vehicles and autonomous vessels. • Machine learning techniques are being investigated for interference mitigation, fault prediction, dynamic beam scheduling, and inter-satellite switching in a multi-satellite communication system. • Adopting quantum computing and blockchain in IoT space applications can help in addressing security challenges. • Low-cost, compact, and electronically steered antennas are being developed for tracking LEO satellites. The efforts in this direction include phased array and metamaterial-based antennas. Key questions addressed in the report: • How LEO satellites are addressing the requirements of the IoT market? • What are the major IoT applications using satellite communication? • What are the partnership details and future roadmaps of the NewSpace companies? • How are emerging technologies like 5G, AI, blockchain and quantum computing impacting the satellite IoT ecosystem? • What are the opportunities for non-space companies (automotive, cloud providers, and telecom companies) in the satellite IoT space?
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 1.1. Need for Satellite Communication in the IoT Ecosystem 1.2. IoT Applications Using Satellite Communication 1.2.1. Mining 1.2.2. Maritime 1.2.3. Asset Tracking 1.2.4. Other Applications 1.3. Transformation in the Satellite Industry for IoT Market 2. Trends in Satellite IoT communication 2.1. Exploration of New Orbits for IoT Applications 2.1.1. Table of Comparison 2.1.2. How GEO satellite are enabling IoT Applications? 2.1.3. How LEO Satellites are Addressing the Requirements of the IoT market? 2.2. Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Satellite IoT Ecosystem 2.2.1. Integration of Satellite and 5G Networks for Connected Environments 2.2.2. Blockchain and Quantum Communication Providing Secure Satellite IoT Operations 2.2.3. Machine Learning Building Intelligent Satellite Networks 2.3. Evolutionary Antenna Technologies Enabling Satellite-IoT Device Communication 3. Satellite Companies Targeting IoT Market 3.1. Traditional Satellite Providers 3.1.1. Inmarsat 3.1.2. Iridium Communications 3.1.3. Intelsat 3.1.4. Globalstar 3.1.5. Orbcomm 3.1.6. Other Key Companies 3.2. Satellite IoT Startups 3.2.1. Funding Graph 3.2.2. Emerging Companies Providing LEO Satellites 3.2.3. Other Innovative Startups in the Domain 3.3. Amazon Entering the Satellite Industry 4. Insights and Recommendations 4.1. Key Deductions 4.2. Opportunities for Other Non-space Companies 4.2.1. Automotive Industry: Utilizing LEO Satellite Solutions 4.2.2. Mobile Operators and Telecom Companies: Expanding IoT Portfolios 4.2.3. Cloud Providers and IT Companies: Delivering Innovative Infrastructure 5. References
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