This article originally appeared on the European Space Agency website at Scottish salmon industry successfully trials platform aimed at closing IIoT connectivity gap | ESA TIA.
UK-based Krucial, a satellite-enabled communications scaleup with backing from ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) Core Competitiveness programme, has developed a flexible satellite-enabled product capable of delivering off-grid connectivity to businesses operating in remote areas. The successful trial in Scotland marks an important step towards meeting the growing global need for equality in the provision of industrial internet of things (IIoT) connectivity.
The impact of the digital divide on individuals has been widely documented but the impact on business is also significant. Digital and connectivity inequality affects around 90% of the earth’s surface, including oceans, where poor or non-existent connectivity means that many businesses are struggling to access the technology they need to innovate and grow. This location-based digital divide for industry is becoming an increasingly urgent issue but there are many challenges to overcome before it can be resolved, including the complexity and cost of implementation, incompatibility with proprietary systems and security concerns.
The aim of this project was to design, develop and test in real-environment conditions a turn-key, secure, affordable and easy-to-use communication solution for the vast unconnected world, without compromising on functionality or performance. To achieve this, Krucial developed Krucial Connected Seafarm, an end-to-end communications solution for the aquaculture industry which can enable digital transformation anywhere in the world, employing cutting edge satellite communications and embedding it into a platform that tackles the other barriers to IIoT adoption.