IoT is destined to connect more than 20 billion things by the year 2020, as predicted in a report by the famous IT research firm Gartner. Most of these things will possibly be the vehicles, homes, and other things that well impacts the daily lives of the human beings. IoT industry, with its rapid growth, is sure to bring numerous benefits and advantages to the consumers around the globe (and the businesses using IoT technology as well). However, the real question which boggles the mind right now is how the communication/transmission from the staggering 20 billion connections will process seamlessly & smoothly? Some of the connected things might be located at such secluded places like a far-flung desert, flying objects like the planes, tiny sensors on buoys in the deep sea, and so on so forth.
“In the current technological geography, no single technology/firm alone is capable to effectively oversee and manage this huge communication process and big data,” says Clovis Lacerda, Founder of Parlacom Telecommunications Brazil, a South American IoT/M2M solutions provider. According to Mr. Lacerda, there is one specific technique that can make it possible to effectively process and manage this huge data/communication from 20 billion+ things: satellite technology.
The good thing is this that a lot of satellite companies are already working on creating innovative services and hardware to facilitate IoT via satellites. Efforts are on-going in the satellite operative firms to integrate satellite-based solutions into the IoT networking elements such as fibers, wireless, and hybrid networking sectors. These efforts will ensure that satellite-based IoT coverage will be possible on a consumer level.
You might be amazed to know that space-based communicative technologies are already helping progress several aspects of IT for decades now. IoT has just been added to this list of beneficiaries a few years ago when satellites started to act as the “reflectors” for important devices installed in secluded places by businesses operating them and to help in transferring communication and data management.
The growing fields of machine-to-machine (M2M) interaction and IoT in the future can only rely on this satellite-based communicative method to properly work. “In other words, if there are no satellites to help carry the data/communicational burden of 20 billion+ connected things in the future, we will most possibly have no IoT at all,” forewarns Mr. Lacerda of Parlacom Telecommunications Brazil.
Therefore, to accommodate this soon-to-be-real IoT requirement, those satellite operators who have a deep sense of the futuristic world are working day & night to develop groundbreaking satellite-based solutions to meet the huge IoT technology requirements in the future. One of those firms is the Intelsat, the largest satellite operators in the world, who are mapping the path for IoT’ salvation via satellite-based solutions. So, let us be hopeful and optimistic about the terrific future of IoT lies ahead of us in the next few years.