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Off-the-shelf LoRaWAN® devices can now easily connect to Hiberband’s nano satellites.
Data-driven decisions are essential for any business to prosper today. However, affordably monitoring and gathering data from numerous devices has always been a challenge. Development costs, pilot projects and testing, have always slowed down getting that juicy data fast. The answer is Hiberband Via. It collects data from LoRaWAN® devices and transmits the data over Hiberband to the cloud service of your choice.
Everyone at Hiber loves the vastness of space. That limitless dark expanse filled with limitless possibilities. It’s our playground for nano satellites to bring IoT connectivity to everyone, anywhere on Earth. However, recently we’ve been turning our attention to a different space.
People often think vast open areas and wilderness, remote storage facilities or huge indoor operations like greenhouses are not data-rich landscapes like cities and urban businesses. That they don’t need access to the IoT as they have less, if any, data to share. Or that they can only try to use WiFi. Well, far from it.
If there’s one thing we’re really good at at Hiber, it’s listening. Not just to data transmissions from our nano satellites, but to what the commercial world really needs. Every day there are more and more things we want to monitor and collect data from.
Connecting a large number of devices in an area of several kilometers square, is a real challenge. Especially if they are both inside and out. Plus, there are situations where the sensor needs to be super small to be placed, for example, inside a beehive where there is no line of sight to our satellite. There are also situations where the sensor needs to be lightweight and dangle off a cow’s ear. And dangling off that ear, the sensor will not point towards our satellite. In short, there are plenty of situations you would like to connect your LoRaWAN® device, but a lack of connectivity on 90% of the globe makes this impossible.
As an additional benefit, connecting off-the-shelf LoRaWAN® devices also solves the challenge that not every company has the time, money or knowledge to develop their own solution. And unfortunately off-the-shelf devices are not yet available for Hiberband Direct. So, we put our grey cells together to find a smarter way to connect multiple devices both indoors and outdoors and use the LoRaWAN® sensors you already have. Wherever you are on Earth, say ‘hello’, ‘hi’, ‘ciao’, ‘hola’, ‘bonjour’ and ‘jambo’ to Hiberband Via which connects your LoRaWAN® devices even in remote and rural areas.
Our low-energy modems make it easy to connect individual devices directly to a satellite. Hiberband Direct is the perfect solution for this, especially for sending single data bursts to our nano satellites from an outdoor device. The Hiberband Via solution is the perfect addition to Hiberband Direct. It allows you to easily connect all your LoRaWAN® devices via a central gateway. Hence the name Hiberband Via. And because it uses proven LoRa® technology, individual devices only needs to cover 10-15 km instead of say 600 km, meaning the antennas are really tiny and lightweight.
What’s more, you can buy LoRaWAN® devices and compatible antennas off-the-shelf from places like Amazon. (Well, Mr. Bezos does sell everything.) Making plug ‘n’ play solutions quick, easy and affordable. Once the data is collected from all the LoRaWAN® devices, Hiberband Via cleverly collects the data to transmit to our tiny nano satellites. Which, in case you needed reminding, was a lot more affordable than the competition to start with.
What all this means is that data from sensors on beehives, cattle, containers or anything else you want to monitor in large numbers is possible and affordable. There’s no need to spend time and money developing new hardware anymore, you can buy it off the shelf by the thousands. And once your shiny new LoRaWAN® devices unpacked from Amazon, you can actually afford to send data from them.
It’s a beautifully simple solution that complements our existing Hiberband Direct service. It uses the same affordable nano satellite connectivity to deliver data. Only this time the solution uses existing, proven and easily available LoRaWAN® technology to collect and transmit data affordably from numerous devices. What’s more, by utilising LoRaWAN® devices you can even send data from indoors. No need for an unobstructed view of our nano satellites.
Got a thousand beehives you need to monitor humidity levels on? No problem. Want to know where all your cattle are and if that rather amorous bull has broken through a fence? We can help spot him. Or, heaven forbid, that a drum of nuclear waste is getting a little too hot for comfort in its desert dumping ground? Relax. Our Hiberband Via is there for you.
What this means is that data can be freely harvested from almost anywhere. Easily and affordably. As we’ve always said, we don’t know Hiber’s true potential as there are so many possibilities we’ve yet to discover.
For example, let’s talk bees. Not a subject usually associated with innovative space and IoT tech. Now, we all know that bees are essential to mankind’s survival and that their numbers are rapidly decreasing. What you might not know is that the fastest way to measure the health of beehives is by monitoring temperature and humidity. You can imagine how tiny a device has to be to easily fit inside a beehive to measure this. And how many beehives there are. Hiberband Via makes this possible by using existing LoRaWAN® devices. There are other benefits from having more data. In Europe, Hostabee, a specialist company in connecting beehives, couldn’t improve their algorithm for worldwide use if they didn’t have enough data from areas outside the EU. Now that it’s easy to access beehives anywhere, this becomes possible. Making bees more healthy, creating more data and so on.
At the other extreme, the US nuclear waste industry is estimated to have 250,000 tons of waste stored in remote and underground facilities. As anyone who has watched the award-winning Chernobyl TV-series knows, the downside of our nuclear industry is too frightening to contemplate. So, having an easy to deploy, affordable and off-the-shelf solution to monitor the temperature or any fluctuations makes a lot sense commercially, environmentally and morally.
For livestock farmers around the world who need to monitor huge herds over vast areas, jumping in a helicopter to see where every cow is might sound exciting but is prohibitively expensive. Far easier to let a herd of data from herd come to them rather than the other way round. In Argentina, today’s farmers can sit on their armchair and watch the cattle on an app rather than get saddle-sore on a horse. A simple LoRaWAN® device attached to every cattle’s ear allows them to track every movement. Hardly surprising one of the companies pioneering this solution is called mOOvement.
And for us Dutch, being able to monitor all our beautiful crocus and flowers growing in vast remote greenhouses makes us feel particularly proud. When we started Hiber we really didn’t know where our journey would take us. We sure couldn’t imagine a future where we would be talking bees, bombs, beef and blooms.
Hiber is a Dutch-based company with headquarters in Amsterdam and research facility in Delft. It also operates out of California. In late October 2018 it successfully launched its first two nano satellites from California and India. It was also voted the Amazon Web Services Commercial Start-Up Launch of the Year, 2018. (Previous winners include Pinterest and AirBnB.)
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