Kinéis and Semtech revolutionize access to satellite connectivity with a terrestrial IoT chip – IoT Business News

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Kinéis and Semtech make satellite connectivity more accessible for the Internet of Things (IoT) by reusing standard terrestrial solutions.

This complementarity will provide global coverage to millions of users in a simple and direct manner.

Kinéis spatial connectivity easily integrated into Semtech chips

Kinéis and Semtech are proud to announce this strategic collaboration that integrates satellite and terrestrial IoT into a single electronic chip. Kinéis is a French satellite operator and global connectivity provider for the Internet of Things (IoT), offering near real-time data transmission to end-users with low bandwidth (small messages) and very low power consumption. Semtech is a global provider of high-performance semiconductors, IoT LoRa® and cellular systems, and high-quality connectivity and cloud services.

Thanks to this collaboration, users of Semtech LoRa Edge™ chips (including LR1110 and LR1120) can now have global IoT connectivity by leveraging Kinéis satellite connectivity in addition to terrestrial LoRaWAN® connectivity, without adding additional electronic modules. This Kinéis-Semtech collaboration paves a simple way to implement hybrid terrestrial-satellite devices supporting multiple standard connectivity protocols.

Specifically, with Semtech LR1110 chips, a user of terrestrial LoRaWAN IoT connectivity can enhance the functionalities of their applications to:

  • Receive data via terrestrial LoRaWAN connectivity when available,
  • Receive data via Kinéis satellite IoT connectivity elsewhere,
  • Receive complementary location data to GNSS information.

To enable partners using terrestrial IoT to access spatial connectivity, Kinéis provides them with a reference design, a guide to create an equivalent radio module.

On the occasion of the announcement of this close collaboration between Kinéis and Semtech, Alexandre Tisserant, President of Kinéis, stated: “This strategic collaboration meets market demand to combine the best available terrestrial and satellite networks, offering our customers continuous and absolutely global service, operating simply and transparently. The ability to use Kinéis technology on already available and widespread electronic components like those of Semtech illustrates the interest in rapid dissemination of satellite IoT applications.”

The Kinéis-Semtech offering highly anticipated by the IoT ecosystem

Kinéis is a key player in the satellite IoT market with sustainability sought by its customers. Only four years after its historic fundraising of 100 million euros, the Toulouse-based company will deploy, starting summer 2024, its constellation of 25 nanosatellites, the first European constellation dedicated to IoT.

The Kinéis-Semtech offer meets the expectations of IoT solution users. Among them, Beepings, as a pilot partner, welcomes this close collaboration between Kinéis and Semtech. Since 2017, Beepings has been developing autonomous tracking solutions with very long autonomy using the most innovative technologies, both in Indoor/Outdoor geolocation and data transmission for various external sensors.

Its President, Pierre Fourmestraux, speaks about this complementarity between terrestrial IoT and spatial IoT:

“The Kinéis-Semtech partnership simplifies access to satellite IoT and also reduces the cost of solutions thanks to the LR1110 chip. Beepings is already in the pre-industrialization phase of its first solutions based on Kinéis spatial connectivity and is able to consider very promising new application fields.”

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