Old space networks are around for decades
Satellite is providing connectivity and critical communications to first responders, news gatherers, the corporate market, the logistics sector and the maritime market already since decades. Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar, Orbcomm are providing highly reliable servcies. Utility companies use them to monitor their electricity grids, or their gas and oil pipelines. Because of the importance of communication (lives can be saved, assets can be managed, they accept the relatively high costs.
Newspace IoT netwerks are coming to disrupt the market !
Now a new generation of satellite IoT networks like Swarm, Kineis, Myriota, Astrocast, Lacuna are promising lower connectivity costs, and lower power consumption. The new networks will play a disruptive role in wide area monitoring. Now also non-critical applications in the public sector can benefit from the global satellite connectivity to meet the global challenges as described in the UN Sustainability goals.
The time is there to upgrade the outdated global data gathering infrastructures for meteo, watermanagement, public infrastructure and environmental monitoring.