FreeWave and Swarm allow IoT over satellite

  • September 15, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

US firms FreeWave Technologies and Swarm Technologies have introduced Fusion Satellite, a purpose-built satellite offering designed to meet IoT requirements.

Enterprises with remote operations looking to benefit from IoT, but without access to reliable connectivity, have had until recently no option but to rely on costly satellite providers with little IoT experience. Powered by Swarm Tile satellite modems, Fusion Satellite makes it easier for enterprises to connect multiple devices and sensors in the field, access edge data, drive operational efficiencies and improve asset management.

To advance the sensor to satellite applications, FreeWave and Swarm’s first commercial partner, ModuSense, have formed a joint venture to accelerate innovation in the marketplace.

“Fusion Satellite is a game changer for remote operations in multiple markets from agriculture to maritime,” said Kirk Byles, CEO of Colorado-based FreeWave Technologies. “Not only does this build on our dedicated IIoT technology and communications expertise, but it leverages Swarm’s satellite technology, which costs four to twenty times less than legacy solutions and is simple to use, provides 100 per cent global coverage and allows enterprises to connect devices anywhere in the world. The combination of FreeWave and ModuSense edge compute and sensing powered by Swarm’s satellite services, will accelerate our joint innovation and help customers create sensing and telemetry platforms that support their ongoing operational needs.”

Fusion Satellite solves a problem for enterprises that have remote assets generating critical data in the field or need reliable tracking capabilities in harsh environments or crossing large bodies of water. Visibility to these assets is crucial for decision making and powering the ability for companies to mitigate business risk proactively.

“Swarm has been focused on deploying affordable global connectivity in regions where it’s needed most,” said Sara Spangelo, co-founder and CEO of California-based Swarm. “Our uniquely small satellites allow us to provide the lowest-cost satellite connectivity to FreeWave, and our small, low-power hardware can be integrated into products like FreeWave’s Fusion Satellite easily. With low prices, global coverage and easy-to-use hardware, the new solution will help deliver maximum value across a range of industries and use cases.”