The young start-up based in Toulouse, which now has nearly 60 employees, has geared up to meet the expectations of its partners, notably CLS, CNES, Bpifrance, via the Sociétés de Projets Industriels (SPI) fund, financed by the Programme d’Investissements d’avenir (investment program for the future) and the European Investment Bank, Ifremer, Thalès, CELAD, BNP Paribas Développement and HEMERIA. The raison d’être for these partnerships is that satellite IoT provides a whole new opportunity to connect fixed and mobile objects around the globe. In sectors such as transport and logistics, networks, infrastructures and agriculture, satellites overcome the limited coverage and discontinuity of terrestrial networks. With seven satellites already in orbit and 25 more next year, Kinéis offers low-throughput, low-power connectivity, the interest and principle of which have been proven for several decades now.
Kinéis is also accelerating its development in the United States, with the opening of a subsidiary and the obtaining of local radio frequency licenses, which are highly prized by telecom operators.
Many new-generation terminals are already in use for multimodal transport, extensive agriculture, telemetry, earth-moving construction machinery or forest fire detection. Global satellite connectivity is the natural complement to traditional ground-based IoT networks. A single hybrid terminal receiving data on the same platform in the same format offers users a completely seamless combination. Its recent partnerships with terrestrial network operators such as Orange, Deutsche Telekom or UnaBiz in Singapore are a good sign for future large-scale deployments.
At the forefront of innovation, Kinéis’ highly reliable and continuous connectivity around the world actively contributes to major research and development projects. The RF Space Lab, an in-orbit radio frequency laboratory created with Loft Orbital and TernWaves as part of the national space plan, aims to facilitate access to Space through an agile and shared strategy. Kinéis’ satellite IoT is also involved in two European projects that are part of the Eurostars program.