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Omnispace and Lacuna showcase breakthrough NGSO IoT satellite connectivity


Omnispace together with communications leader Viasat and Lacuna Space, have demonstrated a first-of-its-kind, global, open standards-based internet of things (IoT) service which could pave the way for a range of IoT and direct to device (D2D) satellite services.

Omnispace successfully demonstrated its non-geostationary (NGSO) IoT satellite connectivity at last week’s ‘The Things Conference’ in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The demonstration advances Omnispace's efforts as it continues to meet a growing demand for IoT and direct-to-device connectivity in partnership with mobile network operators worldwide.

The new service offers low-power, ubiquitous connectivity worldwide for a broad range of IoT devices and markets. It utilizes LoRaWAN®, a communications protocol standard capable of bridging terrestrial networks with worldwide satellite coverage. Over the past year, Omnispace and Lacuna Space successfully tested the technology leveraging Omnispace’s existing network assets outside of Europe.

"Omnispace serves a worldwide IoT market and, with our satellite and ground infrastructure partners, have a vision to deliver seamless direct-to-device terrestrial and satellite IoT connectivity to a variety of global applications and industries,” said Jay Yass, Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer, Omnispace. “This most recent achievement helps us to show the potential of satellite IoT service on a global scale.”

“We are pleased to continue to advance the initiative we started with Omnispace. Together, we look forward to delivering these powerful IoT services to industries around the globe,” said Rob Spurrett, CEO of Lacuna.

“Viasat remains committed to fostering innovation and exploring new technologies with potential partners,” said Mike Kreller, SVP Strategic Initiatives, Viasat. “We see high demand for our global satellite services across all bands, including an unprecedented opportunity for next generation mass IoT, direct-to-device and other 5G and 6G applications to be delivered by satellite, for which L- and S-band are ideally suited. Collaborative trials like this are an important step to create an ecosystem of partners.”

Learn more about the global, mobile direct-to-device satellite and terrestrial connectivity at Omnispace.com.

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