Low-cost global satellite communications network developer Swarm announced details and pricing of its hardware and network services. Device connectivity remains inaccessible for millions of people worldwide and is prohibitively expensive for many industries. Swarm’s commercial satellite network solves this problem. From the shipping lanes of the Bosphorus to the farmlands of California’s Central Valley, Swarm’s affordable network can now connect IoT devices at an unprecedented scale.
“Now, every person and IoT machine can have affordable access to two-way data services from any point on Earth at all times,” said Sara Spangelo, co-founder and CEO of Swarm. “Swarm’s global network enables customers to build their businesses and scale them globally overnight by harnessing the power of small satellite connectivity.”
Swarm’s satellite modem, the Swarm Tile ($119 USD), is designed to be embedded into a circuit board design. It connects IoT devices to Swarm’s network, providing two-way data transfer. Compact, lightweight, and low power, the Swarm Tile is ideal for low-bandwidth, battery-powered use cases, says a press release.
Swarm designs and builds all of its satellites and user terminal technology in-house. This verticalization ensures 100% quality control of all components, and that the user receives the latest state-of-the-art technology.
Access to Swarm’s data and communications network will be available for $5/month per device through a monthly subscription service. Swarm’s satellite constellation will provide 24/7 network coverage for all points on Earth.
“We are rolling out the lowest-cost satellite data services in the world through the Swarm satellite constellation,” said Ben Longmier, co-founder and CTO of Swarm. “Replacing legacy satellite data providers, Swarm’s hardware and data services are now available at a fraction of the cost: Swarm can often be 1/10th the cost of existing satellite solutions, which opens up new markets for connectivity that previously could not afford it.”
Companies in precision agriculture, vehicle tracking and telematics, maritime and fishing, energy, and logistics industries have a clear need for Swarm connectivity.