Totum Achieves the World’s First Indoor Direct-to-Satellite IoT Connection and Gets 2 Million Pre-Orders. Solution Enables Low-Cost Tracking and Monitoring of Billions of IoT Devices Anywhere on Earth. SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2021 – Totum, a pioneer in satellite connection, revealed today that its direct-to-satellite IoT connectivity solution is now operational indoors. The demonstration featured bidirectional communication between a fully integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) and Totum’s low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite, which was based on Totum’s breakthrough wireless technology, which gives unprecedented reach from space.

The terrestrial endpoint was located in a San Diego office building, and the demonstration used a tiny omnidirectional antenna rather than the high-gain directional antennas generally used by satellite modems.

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Some of the features:

  • 2.4 GHz LEO Satellite Coverage.
    One radio provides worldwide coverage
  • Indoor Reach.
    Using PCB chip antenna
    Location Fixes to 20m
    No GNSS module needed
  • Game-Changing TCO
    Massively integrated endpoint SoC is a “tracker-on-a-chip”
  • Service pricing competitive w/ cellular
  • 10+ Years Battery Life
    Power optimized 22nm SoC
  • Advanced sleep algorithms
  • Compact Size &
    No-Fuss Positioning
    Business-card sized solution
    Mounts in any orientation

“In a word, we’re thrilled,” says Ted Myers, founder and CEO at Totum.  “In 3 years, we’ve gone from the back of a napkin to demonstrating the world’s first direct-to-satellite communication system that works outdoors and indoors with a modem the size of a postage stamp.” 

“This accomplishment sits entirely on the shoulders of the innovative and passionate efforts of Team Totum, our silicon partner Orca Systems, and space partner Loft Orbital,” adds Myers.

Totum World's First Indoor Direct-to-Satellite IoT Connection
World’s First Indoor Direct-to-Satellite IoT Connection: Image from Totum

For low-power IoT location tracking and monitoring systems that require up to ten years of battery life, the Totum solution provides both connection and position fixes. Totum unlocks novel, high-volume applications for supply chain, logistics, agricultural, transportation, energy, and industrial markets, totaling a $20 billion+ connectivity potential.

“We’ve effectively created a whole new category for IoT connectivity,” says Dave Gell, Chief Commercial Officer at Totum.  “Combining the global coverage of satellite with an indoor reach comparable to cellular puts us in a unique position to solve some of the thorniest problems in IoT today.”

“Critically, we’re able to do this with a total cost of ownership (TCO) that beats cellular.  Not surprisingly, the market is responding,” adds Gell.  “We’ve built strong partnerships with OEMs, solution providers and value-added resellers who combined have placed advance orders for 2 million devices with service.”

About Totum

Totum enables global asset tracking and monitoring using its constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) nanosatellites and optimized device silicon.  A revolutionary wireless waveform provides worldwide coverage, indoor connectivity, and an embedded footprint the size of a postage stamp.  Combining connectivity and positioning capabilities, a compact Totum-powered tracker or monitoring system delivers battery life greater than 10 years.  Totum is based in San Diego, CA.  For more information, please visit us at www.totum.global. 

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