BSNL has made Satellite based Internet of Things (IoT) reality in India. Launched first time in the World, BSNL in partnership with Skylotech India is introducing satellite based narrowband IoT network which will be beneficial for farmers, fisherman, construction, mining and logistic enterprises in India.
Will be suitable for the effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021
Shri.PK Purwar CMD, BSNL said : – “The solution is in line with BSNL’s vision to leverage technology to provide affordable and innovative telecom services and products across customers segments.” He further added – “Skylo would also help provide critical data for the logistic sector to enable effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021and will be a big contributor in service to the nation.”
Shri Parthsarathi Trivedi, CEO and Co-founder of Skylo, said – “For centuries, industries including agriculture, railways and fisheries have been operating offline, and have not had the opportunity to take full advantage of the latest advancements in AI & IoT – until today. This is worlds first satellite based Narrow Band IoT network and I am proud to launch this capability in India first to transform lives and our domestic industries.
Shri Vivek Banzal Director (CFA), BSNL Board, said – “Successful POCs (Proof of Concepts) have already been conducted by BSNL and Skylo in India and we will soon approach various user groups before the new year 2021 begins.”
This breakthrough announcement is very timely because it comes during the ongoing Indian Mobile Congress 2020. This new technology supports the Department of Telecom’s and NITI Ayog’s plan of bringing Indigenous IoT connectivity to India’s core sectors. Examples of where this technology has already been tested successfully include – Indian Railways, Fishing Vessels and enabling connected vehicles across India.
A small, smart, incredibly rugged box, the Skylo ‘User Terminal’ interfaces with sensors and transmits data to the Skylo Network and into people’s hands. The accompanying Data Platform provides an immersive, visual experience for industry-specific applications on mobile or desktop. It gives user the ability to take immediate and appropriate action, no matter where they are. This new digital machine connectivity layer will serve as a compliment to smartphone-centric mobile & WiFi networks, and covers India’s full geography to bring online new applications for the first time.
POC Conducted in Kerala at Ernakulam & Kollam for Fisheries Department, Govt. of Kerala
BSNL in association with Skylo has conducted POC (a demo on working of the IoT hub) in Ernakulam & Kollam for Fisheries Department, Government of Kerala. The Skylo hubs fitted to the boats are used for providing satellite based IoT services to control, monitor and surveillance of fishermen and their vessels.
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