Satellite IoT panels at IoT Evolution Expo, Miami Beach, June 23

Space IT Bridge Editor-in-Chief Doug Mohney will be moderating two (2) in-person panels at IoT Evolution Expo in Miami Beach, Florida, on June 23, 2021.  The panels will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center.  Confirmed participants as of June 7 include representatives from Astrocast, Iridium, Myriota and OQ Technology, with several others invited.

“Licensed, LoRaWAN, Cellular: Three Paths to Global IoT Services” will take place at 3 PM EDT on June 23.  

Confirmed participants include Steve Brumer representing Myriota and OQ Technology CEO Omar Qaise.  

Session description: “With only 10% to 35% of the globe accessible by terrestrial networks, there’s plenty of room for satellite networks to provide affordable worldwide coverage. Small satellites and large constellations built around open standards are dramatically driving down the CapEx and OpEx cost to communicate with a device, undercutting incumbent solutions. This panel will discuss existing licensed (radio band) satellite solutions and the emergence of satellite to service LoRaWAN and cellular devices.”

A panelist to discuss LoRaWAN via satellite is pending confirmation.

“Global IoT Service Architectures” is scheduled at 4 PM EDT on June 23. Confirmed panelists include Astrocast founder and CEO Fabian Jordan and Iridium VP & GM of IoT and Aviation Tim Last.

Session description: “Global IoT service can be delivered in different forms. What are the planning, OpEx, and CapEx tradeoffs between using a dedicated satellite gateway to aggregate IoT device communications in the field from LoRa, WiFi, Bluetooth and other protocols versus having devices directly talk to the satellite (DTS) as it passes overhead? Are hybrid solutions combining cellular and satellite networks cost effective? Panel members will discuss the nuances of either/or/both and how gateways and DTS fit in with broader IoT network philosophies.”

One company is has been invited and pending depending on travel arrangements from Europe.

There will be at least three different nations besides the United States represented on the two panels. Astrocast is located in Switzerland, Myriota has its headquarters in Australia, and OQ Technology was founded in Luxembourg.

Astrocast and OQ Technology both have satellites onboard the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission currently scheduled for launch on June 24, 2021, from launch site SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

More information on the in-person IoT Evolution Expo event can be found at IoT Evolution Conference & Expo: Business Transformation from the Edge (

Doug Mohney

Doug Mohney, a principal at Cidera Analytics, has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company. Follow him on Twitter at DougonTech or contact him at dmohney139 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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