Solar-supplied satellite internet access point for the internet of things in remote areas

Angus Wong, Yan Tai Chow

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Abstract

As satellite communications provide ubiquitous coverage, they play a key role in providing Internet connectivity in remote or marginalized areas, so as to enable the vision of a truly global connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT). However, these areas often lack reliable electricity supply. Thus, this paper proposes a satellite internet access point powered by solar energy, so that a stable Internet connection can be provided. The access point provides Wi-Fi coverage so that sensors, IoT, and devices can connect to the access point using the Wi-Fi, a common wireless technology. Our design took some cost-saving measures to make it affordable and selected the components that require minimal maintenance operations. The satellite access point costs about USD $500, and can provide four days of Internet connectivity without solar energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1409
JournalSensors
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) satellite networks
  • IoT
  • Low earth orbit (LEO) satellite networks
  • Remote areas
  • Satellite internet
  • Solar panel
  • Solar supply
  • Wi-Fi

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