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Extending wireless coverage beyond cellular using satellite communications in the mining and utilities industries

November 16, 2013

Australian M2M and IoT Blog

For companies with operations beyond cellular coverage the only option is satellite.  Industries with operations in remote locations or covering wide service areas (e.g. mining, utilities, environmental) will benefit from the addition of satellite to existing cellular (3G or WiFi) communications to provide wider area coverage.  Dual-mode communications significantly improves operational efficiency with low outlay for the addition of satellite coverage.

Improved M2M communications in remote locations better supports the monitoring, control and management of thousands of assets and millions of dollars worth of equipment.  Dual-mode communications can provide a continuous connection to assets, with automatic switch over to satellite connectivity if an asset moves out of cellular range.   Constant, real-time information of assets enables prompt action if control/repair of the asset is required.

Utilities can benefit from the use of dual-mode satellite + cellular communications to extend communications at the very edge of their service territories.  This wide area…

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