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Satellite based precision agriculture IoT network

Grant number: 20/05196-4
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: March 01, 2021 - February 28, 2023
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Aerospace Systems
Convênio/Acordo: MCTI/MC
Principal Investigator:Luis Marcelo Coelho Acosta
Grantee:Luis Marcelo Coelho Acosta
Host Company:Acosta Aeroespaço Engenharia e Serviços Especializados Ltda
CNAE: Desenvolvimento e licenciamento de programas de computador customizáveis
Tratamento de dados, provedores de serviços de aplicação e serviços de hospedagem na internet
Serviços de engenharia
City: São José dos Campos
Associated researchers: Alex Sandro de Araújo Silva ; Rodolpho Vilhena de Moraes
Associated scholarship(s):22/07943-7 - Data analytics system for the terrestrial network, BP.TT
22/00146-4 - Gateway for Internet of Things (IoT) with direct satellite link, BP.TT
21/11875-4 - Satellite based precision agriculture IoT network, BP.TT


This project aims to have a terrestrial IoT network in remote areas and its communication with the internet via satellite. As a result of the project, we hope to obtain functional prototypes and viable products to bring to the market in the short term. The proofs of concept and market studies carried out indicate the technical feasibility and market demand for short-range terrestrial networks (up to 5km) for M2M (machine-to-machine) data traffic, and of this network with the internet (IoT). A significantly neglected target market is that of connectivity in remote areas, which will be served with a solution that includes the terrestrial network and satellite communication. The use of satellites in low orbit (LEO - Low Earth Orbit) is one of the main bets of companies in the aerospace market for the decade of 2020. The main poles of development are in Europe (Airbus) and the United States (SpaceX), whose programs communications are low orbit using satellites specially designed for this purpose, flying in constellation (e.g. OneWeb, Starlink). This project is substantiated by the evidence in TRL 2 and TRL 3 that constellations of nanosatellites for high frequency and band communication are possible. Bibliographic scientific and technological review (patents) is included in the sections "State of the Art" and "Competitors, Intellectual Property and Freedom of Operation" (AU)

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