Helios Wire is using 30 MHz of priority mobile satellite system (MSS) S-band spectrum to build a 2-way global satellite-enabled system for ultra-low cost short burst data services covering connected assets and devices that don’t require high bandwidth but are cost sensitive.
This allocation of spectrum is capable of tracking and monitoring up to 5 billion remote transmitters, using sophisticated very low-cost, state-of-the-art, miniaturized multi-functional tags and technology. The S-band frequency leads to minimal antenna size and a simplified system design and cost which allows us significant flexibility in the overall design of the system.
Small transmitters collect information such as location, infrastructure reliability, crop health, asset elevation, or virtually any other digital information. That information is then relayed up to a constellation of satellites that Helios is building out. These satellites, orbiting in different orbit planes and positions around each orbit, pick up the signals and data from the ground based transmitters and forward that down to antennas on the ground, where it is then uploaded to a cloud-based analytics platform that allows for better information and decisions.
These satellites will be launched in a phased approach beginning in 2018.