Satnews Daily
September 18th, 2018

Innovative Approaches for satIoT Initiated by Three Luxembourg-Based Companies

A consortium of three Luxembourg-based companies, lead by OQ TECHNOLOGY, will develop, build and perform a demonstration in orbit of an innovative approach for satellite-based Internet-of-Things (IoT). 

Based on the On Orbit Demonstration of a single satellite to perform experiments using the new technology in space, OQ TECHNOLOGY aims to build a global satellite constellation dedicated to IoT communication by leveraging innovative wireless technology and using low cost connectivity solutions based on nanosatellites.

Photo, from left to right)

Cedric Lorant, CEO, EmTronix
Omar Qaise, CEO, OQ Technology
Katarina Wolcott, GomSpace Luxembourg

Photo is courtesy of Luxembourg Space Agency.

The project is specifically targeting the oil and gas, maritime, industry 4.0 and transport segments particularly for the management and tracking of assets in remote areas, as well as providing high-value data analytics. The funding provided for this activity under the LuxIMPULSE Grand Duchy’s national space program and the European Space Agency (ESA) amounts to a total maximum envelope of 6 million euros.

OQ TECHNOLOGY was founded in 2016 in Wasserbillig. Using low-cost satellite infrastructure to connect sensors, devices and measurement units in remote and sparsely connected areas, the company recently moved to Vodafone’s Innovation Center “Tomorrow Street.”

The consortium also includes EmTroniX, a company specialized in electronics development and GomSpace, a globally leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites.

Within this project, EmTroniX will be developing the payload and user terminals hardware, whereas GomSpace will be designing and building the satellite platform. OQ TECHNOLOGY will be developing and designing the full system, developing the software for the payload and user terminals and finally demonstrating the satellite and the data analytics platform.

Executive Comment

Marc Serres, the CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, said that this project showcases both the capabilities of and the collaboration potential among the actors of the national space sector. Creating effective partnerships on national level contributes to build a thriving ecosystem in Luxembourg that stimulates innovation and accelerates the evolution of business in space.