hiSky has taken a step further in Ka-band based solutions—the Smartellite—a small portable device that fits in the palm of your hand that uses advanced phased array beam steering antennas to automatically locate satellites at any location.
This proprietary built-in modem designed for low-to-medium bit rates enables fast acquisition of satellite signals while the advanced network management system is designed to provide voice and low bit-rate data communication services. hiSky's total solution includes its proprietary hub-base station, hardware and software. hiSky has several registered patents for this solution. The integration of these technologies together with the next generation of satellites, enables hiSky to achieve an efficient, and strong mobile satellite network for voice and low bit-rate data services, even when on the go.
Using low cost Ka- HTS capacity to create a WiFi hotspot, Smartellite works without the traditional high-cost satellite providers. Satellite services have been available since the 1990s but calls have been expensive averaging between $1 and $5 a minute, limiting satellite communication to emergency situations or only when absolutely necessary.
Shahar Kravitz, CEO of hiSky added that hiSky addresses the need to communicate freely at affordable rates, rather than through traditional satellite solutions that are limited to emergencies or urgent needs. He said that he believes that their technology will also meet the demands of the growing IoT market. They are currently teaming up with satellite operators and automotive manufacturers to offer customers uninterrupted connectivity worldwide, for a fraction of the price of other satellite solutions currently on the market.
The Smartellite will be showcased at Satellite 2017, taking place from March 6-9, 2017 in Washington DC.