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A low-cost solution to connect equipment all over the world
The Astronode module, which is installed on fixed or mobile remote equipment (containers, fishing beacons, oil drilling, etc.), allows the monitoring of activity thanks to 1.6 GHz bidirectional communication with a network of more than a dozen satellites.
Each satellite passes in low orbit (500 km altitude) at a speed of 7.6 km/s. It is visible to the terminal for 3 to 4 minutes and passes twice a day.
CEA has developed the module's dedicated circuit, which benefits from very specialized signal processing. This low-power circuit can be produced in volume to achieve lower unit costs.
Current IoT networks only cover 15% of the planet. Astronode brings this coverage rate to 100%, thanks to the use of a satellite network. All objects and assets located in remote areas can benefit from this solution:
• shipping, navigation, buoys, fishing;
• agriculture and livestock;
• mining and oil or gas operations;
• land transport, logistics and maintenance;
• environmental monitoring.
• A CEA patent for integrate circuits
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.