Swarm Technologies claims to have developed the world’s lowest cost live satellite communications network. The Swarm network is now commercially available, for $?5/month per device.
Swarm says its technology consists of satellites “the size of a grilled cheese sandwich” that provide complete and redundant global coverage, and a satellite modem – the Swarm Tile – that is designed to be embedded into a customer product.
The Swarm Tile can be integrated into a wide range of IoT devices, providing them with connectivity to the Swarm global satellite network and two-way data transfer. “Compact, lightweight, and low power, the Swarm Tile is ideal for low-bandwidth, battery-powered use cases,” says the company.
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Swarm says it has focused on meeting growing demands for a low-cost IoT network with 100% global continuous coverage. Swarm’s affordable pricing is also to make connectivity available for the first time to markets that have historically been priced out of satellite solutions.
“Swarm is already opening brand new markets that could never afford satellite data in the past. We imagine a future where every crop in a farmfield will have a Swarm Tile embedded into the shipment for rapid and up-to-the-hour tracking and monitoring,” said Ben Longmier, CTO and co-founder.