Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

HiSky and ST Engineering enable IoT over satellites

Steve Rogerson
March 11, 2020

Israeli firm HiSky is working with ST Engineering iDirect to enable IoT over satellites. The robust cloud-based service will be delivered with iDirect and Newtec platforms and offered through flexible business models for immediate market access.
HiSky aims to be a major provider of satellite-connected IoT services, bringing its integrated terminal and cloud-based processing technology to the rapidly expanding satellite-based M2M and IoT communications market.
The offering with Singapore-based ST Engineering iDirect will enable its mature network of service-provider partners to leverage their existing GEO satellite capacity to reduce costs and time to market associated with building and launching IoT services through a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) approach.
HiSky uses a family of compact, lightweight IoT terminals with a tightly integrated satellite modem and flat-panel antenna design in Ka-band or Ku-band variants. The initial IoT offering includes low (LDR) and medium data rate (MDR) services for deployment within fixed and mobile environments.
Leveraging integrated flat-panel technology, the Smartellite family of terminals allows for transmitting and receiving IoT and M2M data through GEO satellites in both the Ka and Ku bands. The terminals are designed from the outset to meet the extremely high speeds of LEO satellites, and to perform quick handover between GEO and LEO satellites, without losing connectivity.
As a critical component of the cloud-based system, it relies on HiSky 360, a network management system being developed by HiSky in the UK. HiSky 360 comprises a network operation centre, an operations portal and an interface through which service providers can monitor and administer the HiSky platform and its components.
"HiSky is a robust, highly scalable, geostationary-based (GEO) satellite solution,” said John Arnold, senior vice president at ST Engineering iDirect. “With this flexible platform-as-a-service model, our customers will be able to rapidly enable their existing satellite gateways through a range of creative business models to reduce the upfront capital investments and operational complexities traditionally faced when creating their own IoT platforms. This will help to speed up their time to market to capture new opportunities."
At the core of the VNO-oriented system, the network operations centre provides the link between the platform resources and subscribers, enabling impact analysis of on-going operations as well as planned maintenance. The system also provides OSS and BSS functionality for partners allowing them to manage, deploy and bill IoT service plans for tens of thousands of terminals.
“It is our privilege to establish the first global virtual satellite network and to expand it using the iDirect and Newtec platforms,” said Yaron Shachar, HiSky's chief business officer. “HiSky's cutting edge technology combined with ST Engineering iDirect's established VSat platforms will provide service providers the best value for their money and immediate market access. We believe that this partnership will expand HiSky globally and allow HiSky to bring additional new innovations to the market."