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Nano-satellites based Global Infrastructure to Enable IoT/M2M Networks - GIoT (Global IoT)

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GIoT (Nano-satellites based Global Infrastructure to Enable IoT/M2M Networks - GIoT (Global IoT))

Reporting period: 2019-05-01 to 2020-04-30

"The GIoT (Global Internet of Things) project will be the first pilot and commercialization project of global Nanosatellite-powered “constellation as a service"" solution to offer network operators easy and low-cost access to space-to-ground communications. The GIoT system architecture will serve Internet of the Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) network operators of both terrestrial and satellite-based; the architecture will expand network coverage over oceans and remote areas where cellular networks are not presently available, and will provide a lower-cost access solution to regions where cellular networks already exist.
The GIoT infrastructure will combine constellations of interconnected Nano-satellites and traditional satellites with a worldwide network of ground receiving stations and communications processing systems to permit constant data exchange between ground and space segments critically important for IoT/M2M applications. The GIoT will bring
three critical key partners and their unique expertise together to create the combined offer of novel service.

The main objectives of the GIoT project are: 1) Bring GIoT project technologies from the current TRL6 to TRL8 through piloting process; 2) Prepare for commercialization and scale-up. The project output will be a GIoT prototype of a Nano-satellite-based communications system at TRL8. The core GIoT technologies to be developed are: I. A multi-functional Nano-satellite bus, designated as the M6P (NanoAvionics); II. An inter-satellite communications link (ISL) (NanoAvionics); III. A fleet of commercial ground stations (KSAT and NanoAvionics); IV. A GIoT software Application Programming Interface (API) (NanoAvionics). The project will follow the so-called NewSpace philosophy, which is centered around low-cost, high functionality and optimal quality Nano-satellite technologies."
Requirements for GIoT system have been identified, required design changes had been done and preparation activities for manufacturing of advanced GIoT system has started. Also, development of GIoT Application Programmable Interface and data management system and system integration and testing has started. Update of commercialization strategy has started and part of communication materials has been developed. One conference has been visited.
This project, by integrating the system capabilities listed above, will provide a solution for global IoT/M2M services. The direct advantages of this solution will be: Approximately 10 times lower prices for global IoT/M2M communication; Provision of real time data exchange capability to IoT/M2M systems; Significantly reduce the number of barriers to entry for new IoT/M2M operators; Global coverage not dependent on geographical area.