Lacuna Space The Things Conference

Lacuna Space is at the forefront of satellite IoT connectivity, with low-cost and high-scalability as its fundamental tenets in its system design. During the course of 2019, Lacuna Space will launch four LoRa®-based Space Gateways.  Over the course of the last two years, we have been collaborating with Semtech Corporation to develop our satellite gateways, and modify Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) to enable direct communication from LoRa-based devices to our satellite gateways, using the LoRaWANprotocol.  

Today, Nicolas Sornin, CTO of Semtech Corporation and the inventor of LoRa announced an evolution of LoRa, which is key to enabling the scalability of LoRa in satellite communications and other applications. Lacuna Space is pleased to demonstrate for the first time, this evolution of LoRa in real-time communication using LoRaWAN between devices and one of our satellites at The Things Conference. 

This is a pivotal moment for Space based IoT, enabling low-cost devices and low-cost connections to be achieved at vast scale, leveraging on the LoRa ecosystem. It is appropriate that it was announced here at The Things Conference running from 31st January to 1st February 2019 in Amsterdam, NL because this is the leading LoRaWAN developer conference. 

Thomas Telkamp CTO, Lacuna Space also announced during his presentation ‘Open satellite LoRaWAN at scale’ the formation of The Lacuna Network.  This is a not-for-profit foundation, where Lacuna Space invites other satellite operators to fly our LoRa Space Gateways and join in an open message exchange, enabling operators to leverage of each other’s satellite infrastructure.  All messages will be securely encrypted and those messages detected by one satellite but intended for another operator, will be relayed seamlessly.  It is a bit like roaming on mobile phones, but in this case, it is the gateways that are roaming rather than the users! 

We are at detailed levels of discussion with several telecoms operators and expect to make announcements regarding the founder members of ‘The Lacuna Network’ in the coming months. We invite other operators who wish to provide IoT connectivity, to join us.  The first four LoRa Space Gateways launched by Lacuna Space in 2019 will be amongst the first assets participating in The Lacuna Network. 

Rob Spurrett, CEO of Lacuna Space said, “The challenge with satellite IoT is that there are a lot of companies attempting to provide IoT connectivity, each with a small number of satellites, and attempting to raise funding to scale-up their infrastructure.  By using a common standard, that is entirely interoperable with terrestrial networks, we can all benefit from sharing resources so we can deliver a better service to our customers with lower capital investment. 

For more information, meet us at the conference or contact us by email on get_me_started@lacuna.space. Let’s build this thing together!