Blues Partners with Skylo Technologies to Unveil Revolutionary Satellite Data Connectivity

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Blues Partners with Skylo Technologies to Unveil Revolutionary Satellite Data Connectivity

Starnote will enable unparalleled affordability, accessibility, and reliability with no monthly usage fees or minimums.

Blues, a leader in IIoT technology enabling global connectivity solutions, today announced it is partnering with Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) service operator Skylo Technologies to launch Starnote—an add-on extension to its flagship product Notecard.

Starnote will enable satellite connectivity for Blues’ customers through a streamlined cost model and unparalleled developer accessibility.  

Starnote provides customers with a cost-efficient, reliable module that serves as a backup satellite connectivity option should a customer’s device go beyond the reach of cellular coverage, allowing for ongoing connectivity regardless of the device or location. The extension connects seamlessly to a customer’s already installed Notecard, providing automatic satellite fallback to devices whose primary connectivity is LTE Cat-M, LTE Cat-1, NB-IoT, GPRS, or even Wi-Fi.  

“For developers and enterprises everywhere, satellite connectivity is now a viable option. Starnote is breaking new ground by providing continuous satellite coverage with low data usage costs and no monthly usage fees or minimums. Historically, high pricing and high monthly minimums have kept satellite coverage out of consideration for low-cost, high-volume products. By partnering with Skylo, Blues will fundamentally change the landscape, setting the stage for remarkable growth,” said Ray Ozzie, Founder & CEO of Blues.

“Starnote is so affordable and easy to use that any developer can now develop fixed or mobile solutions for monitoring and remote control without worry about coverage in remote areas. By using the Notecard’s simple API, customer data will automatically transit on the best and least expensive technology available at that moment: Wi-Fi, cellular, or satellite.”  

Today’s global cellular networks are fundamentally designed for high availability ‘where the people are;’ infrastructure investments are made based on population density. This has resulted in challenges for businesses requiring cloud connectivity in remote areas, including smart agriculture, marine telematics, rail, global logistics and shipping, construction, oil and gas, and more. Until now, extremely high satellite connectivity costs have given enterprises no choice but to build and manage their own remote networks, backhauling their data using a broad mix of long-range radio technologies. 

Building upon the novel business model pioneered by Blues’ cellular Notecard product, Starnote is revolutionizing satellite IoT by making it accessible, affordable, and by eliminating monthly fees. With Starnote, customers won’t pay any satellite-related charges when a device is inactive or when it happens to be operating in an area with ample cellular coverage. This eliminates the need for businesses to invest in labor or systems to monitor when devices become active or go inactive, as has traditionally been required for cost-saving purposes. Additionally, each Starnote module is bundled with enough pre-paid data for a year or more, depending upon the application: just power it on, and it works. 

“Skylo is honored to partner with Blues to expand intuitive and affordable satellite connectivity,” said Tarun Gupta, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder at Skylo Technologies.

“By incorporating satellite data into its regular IoT devices, Blues is able to bring an unprecedented amount of innovation into the IoT ecosystem.”

Blues was attracted to partner with Skylo Technologies because of its proven ability to enable IIoT devices to connect directly over existing satellite constellations having continuous and contiguous coverage. Skylo is among the few NTN connectivity providers to operate on a “connect and send anytime” basis using Geostationary Equatorial Orbit (GEO) constellations, in contrast to the “schedule-and-send when the satellite is overhead” approach employed by carriers utilizing sparse Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. This “send anytime” approach allows for immediate time-sensitive alerts required when monitoring critical infrastructure or the environment. 

Blues’ Starnote has already sold out, with more available soon. To learn more and join our Starnote waitlist, visit: http://blues.com/starnote. Starnote will be available in two configurations, one with integrated antennas and one with customer-provided antennas, to meet businesses’ unique product design requirements.

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