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OQ secures USD 7m funding for satellite-based IoT

This consortium of three will see EmTroniX develop the payload and user terminals hardware, GomSpace design and build the satellite platform and OQ develop and design the full system, and finally demonstrating the satellite and the data analytics platform.
From left: Cedric Lorant, CEO of EmTroniX; Omar Qaise, CEO of OQ Technology and Katarina Wolcott of GomSpace Luxembourg.

A consortium of three Luxembourg-based companies led by OQ TECHNOLOGY will develop, build and perform a demonstration in orbit of an innovative approach for satellite-based Internet-of-Things (IoT).

Based on the In-Orbit demonstration of a single satellite to perform experiments using the new technology in space, OQ TECHNOLOGY aims to build a global satellite constellation dedicated to IoT communication by leveraging innovative wireless technology and using low cost connectivity solutions based on nanosatellites.

The project is targeting specifically at the oil and gas, maritime, industry 4.0 and transport segments particularly for the management and tracking of assets in remote areas, as well as providing high-value data analytics. The funding provided for this activity under the LuxIMPULSE Grand Duchy’s national space programme and the European Space Agency (ESA) amounts to a total maximum envelope of EUR 6m.

Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, said: “This project showcases both the capabilities of and the collaboration potential among the actors of the national space sector. Creating effective partnerships on national level contributes to build a thriving ecosystem in Luxembourg that stimulates innovation and accelerates the evolution of business in space.”

OQ TECHNOLOGY was founded in 2016 in Wasserbillig. Using low-cost satellite infrastructure to connect sensors, devices and measurement units in remote and sparsely connected areas, the company recently moved to Vodafone’s Innovation Centre “Tomorrow Street”. The consortium also includes EmTroniX, a company specialised in electronics development and GomSpace, a major designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites.

Within this project, EmTroniX will be developing the payload and user terminals hardware, while GomSpace will be designing and building the satellite platform. OQ TECHNOLOGY will be developing and designing the full system, developing the software for the payload and user terminals and finally demonstrating the satellite and the data analytics platform.”