Satellite IoT gateway for real time imaging

Satellite IoT gateway for real time imaging

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By Nick Flaherty


Ground Control in the UK has developed a satellite IoT gateway for more efficient transmission of even larger data payloads for real time imaging from very remote locations.

The IoT gateway has already been trialled in Gabon in Central Africa with Digital Forest UK to reduce poaching of endangered and monitored wildlife.

The IoT gateway has an omnidirectional antenna and uses the Iridium Messaging Transport (IMT) and the industry standard MQTT messaging transport rather than IP. The MQTT protocol is designed for IoT to allow the exchange of payloads between applications.

For Digital Forest UK, the trialled system enables rangers to see where threats occur in real time, rather than analysing data retrospectively. Digital Forest UK needed to transmit images to reliably and most critically, in real-time. Detecting and alerting rangers to the presence of illegal poachers – with images available immediately, 24/7.

The satellite IoT gateway has enabled Digital Forest to quickly and easily integrate two-way messaging into their application via the RockREMOTE, transferring 100kb of data per message (large enough for compressed images) on demand.

Alastair MacLeod, CEO of Ground Control, said: “The new satellite IoT gateway answers many of the questions that have been posed for a number of years now, namely, to capture and transmit larger payloads of data without the traditionally associated cost burdens.

“This is primarily because RockREMOTE works to package and compress messages prior to transmission, to minimize the amount of data sent. Additionally, as the data is transmitted on demand, it uses less power and is ideal for mission critical data analysis from extreme and remote locations.”

Robin Whytock, for Digital Forest UK, said: “We’ve worked with Ground Control for many years and their products and supporting services have never failed to deliver. It’s very reassuring working with a company that designs, builds and supports every aspect of their products.”


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