U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Grants OQ Technology its First Satellite IoT Patent – Parabolic Arc

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LUXEMBOURG, February 16, 2022 (RP OQ Technology) — OQ Technology, a global 5G IoT satellite operator, has been granted a patent for its IoT (Internet of Things) “wake-up” technology by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This is the first of six patent applications filed by the company in the US and EU.

“Wake-up” is a smart power-saving technology built into OQ’s IoT terminals that allows them to wake up efficiently and communicate with the base station (satellite) only when needed. The function is flexible according to the growth of the number of satellites, each satellite being able to connect to thousands of sensors. Through “wake-up”, OQ aims to achieve the 10-year battery life goal set by 3GPP standards for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) wireless communications.

OQ’s other patent applications include frequency synchronization, time synchronization, location of IoT devices, inter-satellite link technology, as well as a satellite system design and network architecture for cellular IoT communication. between satellites and ground stations. Wake-up technology and patent-pending technologies are all to be implemented onboard OQ’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of satellites.

Omar Qaise, Founder and CEO of OQ Technology said, “I am very grateful to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for granting this patent to OQ Technology. This and the pending patents will give us an advantage over our competitors and the security of our intellectual property. In addition to the patent for the “alarm clock”, we have five other patents pending approval in the US and Europe, which are expected to take place this year. With these patents, our frequency licensing and chip partnerships, we are the pioneering company well positioned to deliver 3GPP-compliant NB-IoT satellite over non-terrestrial networks.

“OQ Technology is the only company in the world to use standardized 3GPP cellular technology for NB-IoT to connect devices to satellites. We’ve been leading the way in 5G satellite communications since we created the world’s first universal plug and play IoT device capable of delivering connectivity using LEO satellite infrastructure. In-orbit testing using our Tiger-1 mission in 2019 was another. This is yet another milestone for us.

The remaining five patent-pending technologies are:

  • “End Device Locating”, which locates an end device, using stored data from the base station(s) instead of an expensive global positioning system.
  • “Inter-satellite links”, keeping the different base stations aware of each other and also registering the terminals that can be connected to the different base stations. This will facilitate handover between base stations. In the future, this will also include GEO satellites.
  • “Frequency synchronization” and “Time synchronization” – they synchronize communication and thus improve signaling between terminals and base stations to overcome Doppler effect problems (change in wavelength of moving objects) and timing misalignment issues. This improves the quality of data transmissions and data throughput capacity, and also saves energy.
  • A satellite system design and network architecture for cellular IoT communication between space and ground stations.

The company has also developed technology that allows it to use the cheaper ($5) standard mobile chips for its satellite connectivity, instead of the expensive ($100) satellite chip that would have to be installed and used when leaving the networks. terrestrial.

OQ’s services are ideal for applications requiring fast, real-time satellite-based data processing, including asset tracking, drone control, vehicle telematics, artificial intelligence critical alarms, automated transport and smart cars, where the latency must be less than 10 milliseconds, which satellites in GEO (geosynchronous equatorial orbit) by incumbents, with a latency of up to 250 ms, cannot provide.

Last year, OQ launched its first commercial nanosatellite “Tiger-2” and used it to successfully test its hybrid satellite-cellular user terminal in harsh desert conditions. Tiger-3 is expected to launch with mission integrator NanoAvionics. OQ plans to expand its constellation with more satellites soon.

About OQ Technology

OQ Technology is the world’s first satellite-based 5G cellular IoT operator providing global cellular Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communication solutions via satellites. The company has successfully implemented and demonstrated narrowband IoT connectivity on low Earth orbit satellites and is deploying a global constellation to deliver 3GPP-compliant satellite IoT telecommunications services for mobile operators and customers in industries such as as energy, mining, logistics, maritime, agriculture and defence. . The company’s patented technology, which can be easily integrated into existing cellular chips, enables billions of users worldwide to have ubiquitous IoT connectivity anywhere and using both terrestrial and satellite networks. . www.oqtec.com

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