u-blox & ORBCOMM Collaborate on Dual-Connectivity Solutions for Terrestrial & Satellite IoT Communication

21 August 2023

Though the cellular and satellite IoT communications markets are already growing substantially independently, the prospect of combining these two technologies together could open up many new opportunities - through assurance of universal coverage.

This is the motivation behind u-blox and ORBCOMM partnering up, with the companies jointly developing solutions for terrestrial and space-deployed operation, so that gap-free global IoT connectivity can be realised. The partnership will see u-blox directly integrating support for ORBCOMM’s satellite communication protocols into its UBX-R52/S52 LPWA modem SoC - leading to the creation of compact, highly-optimised, cost-effective hardware capable of dual-connectivity operation. Industrial automation, logistics, agriculture and retail are just some of the sectors that could benefit for this technology.

According to Martin Leach, who leads the Cellular Products division at u-blox. “The UBX-R52/S52 chipset is a mature technology platform with proven market acceptance among IoT solution providers. Specifically designed for IoT applications with long lifecycle needs, it will further strengthen u-blox’s leadership in asset tracking. u-blox partnership with ORBCOMM will integrate satellite protocol support alongside cellular protocols. This integration will expand the addressable market for IoT applications, including remote locations without reliable cellular coverage.”

“Pairing ORBCOMM’s proven satellite technology with u-blox’s innovative UBX-R52/S52 chipset will allow customers deploying IoT solutions in the supply chain, heavy equipment, and agriculture industries to benefit from ubiquitous coverage, device simplicity, along with optimal reliability and longevity,” adds ORBCOMM’s EVP of Satellite Communications & Products, David Roscoe.

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