Satellites: The Driving Force Behind the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a talked about topic for years — and with good reason. Promises of better operations and lifestyles captured the world’s interest, which resulted in countless speculations on the IoT’s capabilities.
Unlike the implication of its name, the IoT is not just about the Internet or 'things'. Instead, these two focus on gathering and transforming data into useful information.
Gartner, Inc., a research and advisory company, predicted that by the end of 2020, the world will see 20.4 billion connected devices. With connectivity spreading like wildfire, it’s no surprise that the IoT will reach every aspect of an individual’s life.
So where do satellites and service providers play their roles?
The Role of Satellites
Unknown to a majority, satellites have been playing vital roles in fueling the vision for a connected world. These systems provide the largest coverage no other form of technology could. Satellites make connectivity possible even in the remotest locations, enabling IoT applications to reach untapped markets.
Satellites fuel the IoT through other ways: develop sustainable cities, drive better usage of sensory networks and promote better connection speed and reliability. Its widespread coverage ensures companies and organisations have a single point of access everywhere.
In terms of integration, the IoT continues to drive the market’s demand to incorporate satellites in the mix.
Collaboration for a Connected World
While coverage and satellite capacity play crucial roles, the path to a 100% connected world should be multi-faceted. This means satellite operators need to work closely with the industry to come up with innovations and other breakthroughs.
The Internet of Things represents strong networks behind automated systems, driverless cars, smart cities and so much more. As satellites face more changes, everyone can only anticipate what its partnership with the IoT has in store for the future.