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IoT at Sea

SkyLab and Sima Charters have started testing LoRaWAN (Long Range Low Power) capabilities and coverage on the North Sea.

Skylab has expanded the public Internet of Thing (IoT) network with multiple new strategically placed coastal stations including in the port of Rotterdam. Al stations are connected to the open and secure "The Things Network and Industries" To test current network capabilities at sea, Sima Charters is supporting the project with one of their tenders the "SC Emerald” Together we have fitted the "SC Emerald" with the Skylab designed Solar One Tracker. This is a solar-powered self-sufficient tracker with precision GPS/GNSS capabilities. Using multiple navigational satellite's like Europe's Galileo, the USA's NAVSTAR (GPS), Russia’s GLONASS and China's BeiDou to track even more accurately and reliable. The SkyLab Solar One Tracker is enclosed in a military spec casing awarded the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) STANAG 4280 and DEF-STAN 81-41 certification. On special request, an ATEX - IECEx version can be provided. The Solar One Tracker transmits every minute providing the mapping results to www.ttnmapper.org where you can see North Sea coverage. The Solar One Tracker has already reached LoRaWAN station in Felixstowe, United Kingdom at 168 Km from the Anchorage 4 East of the Dutch Coast.

TTN mapper data point

An free and secure IoT network on the north sea can lead to great innovation such as IoT cases and PoC for the Offshore, Windfarms, Vessels, and Cargo To Track and Trace and Monitor equipment, Buoys, Marine fenders, Assets, Environmental, Climate and provide real-time at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability. Which is why our goal at Skylab is to cover the entire north sea between The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. To fulfill this goal SkyLab is looking for innovative offshore (windfarm) partners to collaborate and expand the public IoT network on the North Sea.

Offshore platform

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