Skymond Mobile

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04 February 2019

The main benefits for the client

  • Stable connection due to automatic registration to other networks (Multi-IMSI)
  • Reduced costs, enhanced reliability

The foundation

You have probably seen the images. You’re watching the Tour de France, and suddenly the image goes blurry and the director switches to the helicopter shot. Which is nice, but it doesn’t exactly provide a detailed picture of what is going on. Not to mention the element of emotion; you want to be where the action is, in between the cyclists, and literally watch Dumoulin wipe the sweat off his face. This is where Skymond Mobile comes in.

“We work with a technique that originated in the automotive industry”

— Etienne Marijnissen, founder of Skymond Mobile

“This technique was developed by the Volkswagen Group to enable them to administer their cars remotely. They can see the maintenance status, update the software or simply track where the car is at that moment in time.” Etienne figured this technology could be useful in other industries as well. So they took the technology for a spin and introduced it in other markets. “Governments and broadcasters, for example. Large players where connectivity and reachability are extremely important. They would benefit from an alternative to the expensive, rigid and sometime unreliable satellite connections they tend to still work with.”

Multi IMSI and own PLMN

But how does it work if no satellites are involved? EUICC, Multi IMSI, bonding routers and a PLMN list selected by the client make up the foundation of this technology. The combination of all these technologies plus Voiceworks 4G SIM cards makes for a great solution for combating so-called “blackspots”. Geofencing plays an important role here. As soon as coverage drops below 25%, the SIM card automatically switches to a different provider. The combination with the latest GSMA-standard ensures that the SIM card can register to the network as a native SIM card so it won’t be considered a “guest” SIM of another network.

“The broadcaster is now testing our technology in the Tour de France and so far, they have been very pleased. Journalists are walking around with Skymond SIM cards (i.e. Voiceworks) that operate on the aforementioned technology”, Etienne explains. “According to the broadcaster the coverage, upload speed and stability are satisfactory. After the Tour de France we will figure out whether to follow up on this project”.

But according to Etienne it doesn’t stop there. “In the end clients all draft their own PLMN list, so we essentially provide a customised configuration for every client, almost globally. This ensures that the connection is and stays optimal. Nothing is more damaging to a broadcaster than a failing connection during a live broadcasting, but a stable connection is vital in other industries as well. Consider airplanes and ships communicating important data via 4G bonding routers, because satellite is much more expensive and less efficient. Our solution isn’t just reliable, but offers better latency and uplink speeds as well”.

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