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Omnispace and Lacuna Space to Jointly Offer Global LoRaWAN IoT Service

By Rachel Jewett | March 9, 2022

    Omnispace and Lacuna collaborate on global IoT service. Photo: Lacuna Space/Shutterstock

    Omnispace and Lacuna Space are collaborating to distribute a global, open standards-based IoT network, the companies announced Wednesday. The service will employ the LoRaWAN protocol to support direct-to-satellite communications for a broad range of IoT devices. This agreement brings together two satellite IoT-focused companies with a joint offering. 

    The companies said this service will use Omnispace’s licensed, 2 GHz S-band spectrum rights, and integrate infrastructure from both companies. The protocol will utilize the LR-FHSS technology which is designed for a high-capacity IoT network. The service will be designed to allow devices to connect between existing terrestrial networks and areas outside of terrestrial network coverage. 

    Service is set to start in the third quarter of this year for customers and distribution partners, and the companies said it will be used for asset tracking, fleet management, and data collection across industries globally.

    “Omnispace is reimagining mobile communications for users by employing standards-based solutions to deliver global, real-time connectivity,” said Ram Viswanathan, president and CEO for Omnispace. “We’re pleased to be working with Lacuna to introduce this new enterprise-class service, which is part of our broader vision to deliver seamless terrestrial and satellite communications.”

    Lacuna CEO Rob Spurrett said this agreement accelerates bringing Lacuna’s technology to market. “Our customers will be able to access Lacuna’s IoT service directly from inexpensive, battery-powered LoRa devices to extend connectivity to even the most remote areas of the world,” he said.