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 have been launched Q4 2018. At the moment the commissioning of the network is taking place.
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.
Over the coming years, the constellation will be grown to approximately 50 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.
What makes Hiberband low-power?
Due to the unique Hiber protocol, the Hiberband modem is in sleep mode most of the time. By combining the satellite constellation information with its own GPS position, each modem on the ground calculates its next wake up moment. Once awake, the modem 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 its data to the satellite. With every broadcast signal, the modem also receives the latest information on the satellite constellation. The modem will use this updated constellation information and the new GPS position (if the modem moved) to calculate the next wake up moment and go back to sleep again.
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.
How can I start using the Hiberband network?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to explore how we can work together!