What is Hiberband?
Hiberband is the first Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN), offered by Hiber. Hiberband delivers global connectivity for sensor and Internet of Things (IoT) related devices at affordable cost, by launching its own satellite network. This makes our service the first truly global IoT network.
How does Hiberband work?
Hiberband works as follows:
- The modem receives data from the sensor;
- The modem is in sleep mode (hibernation) until a satellite passes over;
- The modem wakes up, communicates and transmits the data to our satellite;
- The satellite stores all collected data;
- Once in view of a gateway, the data is forwarded back to Earth;
- From here, the messages are processed and stored for pickup or forwarded to the systems of the owner.
When will Hiberband be live?
The first two satellites will be launched in Q4 of 2018, we aim to have a commercial network up and running early 2019.
Does Hiber have its own satellite constellation?
Yes, Hiber is launching its own constellation. Our satellites will be in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at approximately 600 km, in a polar sun-synchronous orbit.
The first satellite will be launched in Q4 2018. Over the coming 5 years, the constellation will be grown to a total number of 48 satellites.
- 1 message per day of 144 bytes
- Simplex, store and forward connectivity (maximum latency of 16 hours)
- Security: AES-GCM with a 128-bit key
- Line of sight between the antenna and the satellite is required
What does the service cost?
Our daily messaging service will be available from only a few euros per device per year. The eventual price is however determined by the party reselling Hiber connectivity.
What makes Hiberband low-power?
Due to the unique Hiber protocol, the Hiberband modem is in sleep mode most of the time. Based on satellite constellation information, each modem on the ground calculates its next wake up moment, and once awake will start listening for a satellite. The moment the satellite passes overhead it will send out a broadcast message and instruct each modem to send it's data to the satellite.
This makes the power consumption 5 to 15 times more efficient than existing direct-to-satellite networks and comparable to the power consumption of terrestrial LPWAN connectivity types like SigFox, Lora and NB IoT.
What is the Hiber pilot program?
Hiber has selected a specific set of customers from a range of industries that will be the first to make use of the Hiberband network for a range of different applications.
If you would like to participate in the Hiber pilot program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and describe what you would like to track or monitor, and where. Feel free to share any details that you think are relevant.