As of yet, each terrestrial operator has to use the infrastructure of another when its customer’s equipment transmits from abroad. These bilateral agreements, known as roaming agreements, are long and tedious to establish, and are in any case only possible when the local equipment (antennas, frequency bands, information processing and distribution) is compatible with the format of the data transmitted by the terminals. The advantage of space is of course that, from their orbits, satellites are not sensitive to borders and connectivity remains assured wherever the objects are on the planet.
The first prototype under development is already capable of automatically switching to one or the other networks, transparently for users receiving the same data, in the same format, on the same platform. The autonomy of the terminals developed by Styckr is made possible thanks to the prediction of the passage of the satellites (see Techno Flash #2 of this newsletter) as well as a multi-harvesting system allowing them to generate their own energy from light, movement, radio waves or even thermal differentials.
This hybridization between terrestrial and satellite low-speed networks is a major technological innovation that opens the way to new use cases… that some have already invented, as the first copies should be delivered to several customers in the coming months!