|The developer kits are aimed at customers who want to leverage its IoT narrowband connectivity/Photo Credit: By greenbutterfly (via Shutterstock)|
Kepler Communications, a startup in Toronto that centers on developing and deploying shoebox-sized satellites to provide telecommunications services, is starting to open up registrations for people who want to get their first developer kits, according to Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch, a tech industry news platform. The developer kits are designed to help potential customers leverage its IoT narrowband connectivity, which will be launched the following year. The kits will also be available to purchase for elect partners in 2020.
This early access gives companies a headstart on testing and integration of the kind of connectivity Kepler intends to provide. The startup’s service is created to “provide global coverage using a single network for IoT operators” for applications such as tracking livestock and crops, shipping containers, railway networks, and more. The service will be available at low cost relative to the market.
Kepler said that its IoT network will be composed of nanosatellites, which are designed solely for this purpose. The tech startup’s IoT network is geared at industries where one doesn’t need high bandwidth, “but where coverage across large, often remote areas on a consistent basis is key.” Interestingly, there is an increased focus and investment in IoT connectivity “provided by constellations of orbital satellites” due to industry giants deciding modernize their monitoring and tracking operations.
For example, startup Swarm was recently permitted by government agency FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to release its 150-small satellite constellation to create a service addressing similar needs. Founded in 2015, Kepler Communications has amassed more than $20 million in funding.
As of this writing, the tech firm has launched two small satellites. It also deployed a satellite on November 2018 and it will do so again next January. Kepler also made a contract with ISK and GK Launch to launch two more satellites by the middle of 2020 aboard a Soyuz rocket.