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 hiSky Partners With ST Engineering iDirect to Enable IoT Over Satellite

March 10, 2020

hiSky aims to be the world's leading provider of satellite-connected IoT services, bringing its innovative integrated terminal and cloud-based processing technology to the rapidly expanding satellite-based M2M/IoT communications market. The solution to be offered in conjunction with ST Engineering iDirect will enable their mature network of service-provider partners to leverage their existing GEO satellite capacity to reduce costs and time-to-market associated with building and launching new IoT service through an innovative Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) approach.

The hiSky solution utilizes a family of compact, lightweight IoT terminals that feature a tightly-integrated satellite modem and flat-panel antenna design in Ka-band or Ku-band variants. The initial IoT offering includes Low Data Rate (LDR) and Medium Data Rate (MDR) service for deployment within both fixed and mobile environments.  Leveraging integrated flat-panel technology, the Smartellite™ family of terminals allows for transmitting and receiving IoT/M2M data through GEO satellites in both the Ka and Ku bands.  The Smartellite™ terminals are designed from the outset to meet the extremely high speeds of LEO satellites, and to perform quick handover between GEO and LEO satellites, without losing connectivity, offering customers a future-proofed solution.

As a critical component of the cloud-based system, the solution relies on hiSky360, a comprehensive Network Management System (NMS) being developed in hiSky UK. hiSky360 comprises of a Network Operation Center, an operations portal and an interface through which service providers can monitor and administer the hiSky platform and its components. At the core of the VNO-oriented solution, hiSky360's Network Operations Center provides the link between the platform resources and subscribers; enabling impact analysis of ongoing operations as well as planned maintenance. The system also provides OSS and BSS functionality for partners allowing them to manage, deploy and bill IoT service plans for tens of thousands of terminals.

Mr. John Arnold, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development at ST Engineering iDirect said, "The hiSky solution is a robust, highly scalable, geostationary-based (GEO) satellite solution.  With this flexible platform-as-a-service model, our customers will be able to rapidly enable their existing satellite gateways through a range of creative business models to reduce the upfront capital investments and operational complexities traditionally faced when creating their own IoT platforms. This will help to speed up their time to market to capture new opportunities."

Mr. Yaron Shachar, hiSky's Chief Business Officer said, "We are honored to partner with      ST Engineering iDirect. It is our privilege to establish the first global Virtual Satellite Network and to expand it using the iDirect and Newtec platforms. hiSky's cutting edge technology combined with ST Engineering iDirect's established VSAT platforms will provide service providers the best value for their money and immediate market access. We believe that this partnership will expand the hiSky solution globally and allow hiSky to bring additional new innovations to the market."

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