Satellite 5G NB-IoT Helps Stop Livestock Diseases and Cattle Theft
December 26, 2022
livestock management through cellular IoT ear tag devices has been able to
predict and control the spread of contagious diseases, like Foot and Mouth
Disease (FMD), and to track animals’ locations, preventing cattle theft and
increasing both farmer and livestock safety.
Nevertheless, this way of livestock management is inaccessible to most farmers
worldwide because most of the land has no cellphone coverage, and proprietary
network protocols make the purchase and maintenance of 5G devices out of reach
for many of them.
When coverage is not limited and maintenance costs are low, possibilities expand
Sateliot, the first satellite constellation offering 5G standard connectivity
from space, and Streamline, the leading company in livestock management, are
joining forces to solve these hurdles, improving livestock management services
to farmers worldwide.
In 2023, South African company Streamline will deploy 400,000 cellular 5G NB-IoT
livestock devices capable of connecting seamlessly to both cellular towers and
Sateliot’s constellation. Streamline’s goal for the coming years is to reach a
landmark of 7 million devices worldwide; in 2019, this number was only 40,000.
accounts for 7.95 million livestock in the South African market. Their expertise
in livestock management devices has relied traditionally on conventional
cellular connectivity. However, Sateliot’s Non-Terrestrial Networks act as cell
towers in space, giving Streamline’s 5G NB-IoT devices the ability to work in
uncovered areas. Sateliot’s solution is more efficient and affordable for both
Streamline and the final user than proprietary solutions from a legacy satellite
Furthermore, with no need for cell phone coverage and low device-to-satellite
transmission costs, starting from less than 1 USD per device per month,
Streamline’s service, supported by Sateliot, facilitates expansive growth and
grants the ability to operate in uncovered areas, giving more flexibility to
Jaume Sanpera, CEO of Sateliot, commented: “Streamline has a state-of-the-art
product, the ear tag Model STR-TG103/4, giving farmers certainty to have cattle
under good condition. Nevertheless, farmers need coverage that only we can
provide, using our 5G-NB IoT satellite constellation to provide support and
coverage to broader areas and even larger farms without a terrestrial network.
This proves the IoT market is showing unstoppable growth, and is accelerating
much faster than any other tech industry.”