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5G and Satellite Communications

Combining 5G and satellite for greater coverage

If you’re a car manufacturer or autonomous vehicle developer, we can offer your potential customers an exciting selling point: being able to connect to the internet anywhere.

Remaining connected is a crucial aspect of modern life. Calling family or colleagues, sending emails, holding remote meetings, checking maps, posting on social media, contacting emergency services, looking up information, using streaming services: we use telecommunications constantly throughout the day.

Unfortunately, there are still gaps in terrestrial coverage. This is particularly noticeable if you’re in a moving vehicle travelling through a rural area. You’ll often find that you slip in and out of service, which can be frustrating if, for example, you’re trying to look up traffic information for the driver.

Darwin was created to fill in these gaps. Our goal is ubiquitous communications: reliable coverage everywhere.

With their vantage point high above the Earth, satellites are able to communicate with devices almost anywhere. Because of this, satellites can be used to supplement 4G and 5G communications when a device slips out of mobile range.

With Darwin’s software, vehicles or devices can switch seamlessly between terrestrial and satellite networks. If one network becomes available, another can step in with no loss of connection. This has many different uses:

  • It’s essential for self-driving cars to remain connected to the internet at all times. With Darwin’s innovations, that becomes possible, increasing the scope for autonomous vehicles to be used in rural areas.
  • Maps and traffic information can be accessed even beyond the reach of terrestrial networks.
  • On-demand shuttle services could offer public transport in rural areas where regular bus services are economically impractical. The shuttle could receive real-time requests from passengers going to a particular destination and alter its route to pick people up.
  • Large quantities of data can be collected from vehicles and analysed in real time, without loss due to connectivity interruptions.
  • Customers can track the location of their delivery driver or approaching taxi even if the vehicle is travelling through an area without mobile coverage.
  • Delivery drivers can update online records of what has been delivered and to whom in real time, even when making deliveries in areas without terrestrial coverage.
  • Video streaming and online gaming become possible even on the move, creating new options for passenger entertainment while travelling.
  • Mobile health clinics could allow patients who live in isolated areas, which often lack both accessible medical facilities and reliable connectivity, to consult remotely with medical experts over video calls. To learn more, ask us about our connected ambulance solution.

Our technology can be retrofitted or installed on the factory line. If you’d like to know more, get in touch.

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