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Mustang Project Set to Create Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial M2M Network

By | February 19, 2015

      [Via Satellite 02-19-2015] Airbus Defense and Space has started work on the Mustang project for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, in partnership with the SMEs Sigfox and Sysmeca, and the CEA-Leti research center. The project focuses on low-cost exchange of short messages in the fast-growing M2M market, with the aim to develop a global, hybrid terrestrial/satellite access solution for the Internet of Things (IoT).

      Satellite links will use a dedicated communication protocol to ensure coverage using a small form factor terminal, while 868 and 915 MHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band will be used to communicate with the Sigfox terrestrial network. The dual-mode satellite/terrestrial terminal will enable automatic switching between the two communication channels in response to resource availability in the areas where connected devices are located.

      The three-year project will involve the development of the terminal’s modem chipset, the optimization of communication protocols and the validation of the system through an aircraft application demonstration.

      Supported by the French Government’s General Directorate for Enterprise (DGE), the Mustang project will receive public funding through the Future Investments Program (PIA) run by the General Investment Commission (CGI) and the French Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.