Wayra Germany to showcase Telefónica and Astrocast IoT collaboration in new 5G focused open innovation hub

August 31, 2021
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Wayra Germany announced today that it is bringing Astrocast and Telefónica together for an IoT product collaboration in its new 5G Tech Lab. In this new collaboration, the Astrocast Astronode S will integrate with Telefónica trackers, enabling customers to track critical IoT assets anywhere in the world. The final proof-of-concept will be showcased in the 5G Tech Lab.

Wayra Germany to showcase Telefónica and Astrocast IoT collaboration in new 5G focused open innovation hub

Munich, September 1st, 2021 Wayra Germany announced today that it is bringing Astrocast and Telefónica together for an IoT product collaboration in its new 5G Tech Lab. Wayra Germany is the open innovation hub of the telecommunications group Telefónica. Their goal is to identify start-ups that can work with Telefónica´s business units, starting with a pilot project. Astrocast delivers the world’s most advanced SatIoT services enabling companies to manage, track and measure remote sensors. Telefónica delivers consumer and industrial IoT solutions through its’ network and trackers. In this new collaboration, the Astrocast Astronode S will integrate with Telefónica trackers, enabling customers to track critical IoT assets anywhere in the world. The final proof-of-concept will be showcased in the 5G Tech Lab.

“We opened this lab to develop new and innovative approaches to solving Telefónica customer’s greatest challenges. We enable startups and founders to explore the limits of 5G technology in a very hands-on way. There is currently no comparable infrastructure that is so easily accessible and equipped to such a high technical standard. The collaboration between Astrocast and Telefónica is the first of many and we are excited to begin the journey to developing solutions that allow customers to gain more out of their IoT investments and will soon be used in everyday life – for private or business purposes,” said Florian Bogenschütz, Managing Director of Wayra Germany.

As part of the collaboration, Astrocast will integrate its’ module and antenna with the Telefónica tracker. Using the Astrocast nanosatellite network, this new product will enable direct-to-satellite, bi-directional communications between trackers in the world’s more remote regions and headquarters. Telefónica customers will be able to collect data from, and send updates and commands to trackers no matter where they are.

“This is a first of its kind collaboration for us and it is exciting to work with Telefónica, in order to progress innovation in the IoT space into a real use case,” said Marcel Barat, Astrocast VP of Network Operations and Customer Success.

Telefónica delivers state-of-the-art IoT equipment and connectivity for both personal and industrial use.  With Telefónica sensors, customers are able to track, secure, optimize and even predict the maintenance needs of the assets they are tracking. From cars to people, Telefónica is enabling companies to create their own IoT journey. By collaborating with Astrocast they can take the journey further, faster. 

“The key IoT-use case is to never lose track of your assets. Using Astrocast nanosatellite network, we can extend our trackers’ reachability worldwide in order to enable customers to collect critical data in areas that were not reachable before in an economically reasonable way,” said Peer Lodbrok, Director MNC Germany & Switzerland of Telefónica Global Solutions.

About Astrocast 

Founded in 2014, Astrocast SA is the most advanced Satellite IoT Service provider for customers looking to track, monitor, manage, and communicate with assets in remote regions of the world. With the world's most innovative nanosatellite network, Astrocast delivers a complete end-to-end, direct-to-satellite service featuring, state-of-the-art communication modules, and enterprise class services. Astrocast enables companies to enrich their IoT strategies with worldwide coverage without any location limitation. For more information on how you can take IoT further with Astrocast, visit www.astrocast.com.

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About Wayra Germany

Wayra Germany is the Open Innovation Hub of telecommunications group Telefónica. As an early-stage investment arm, Wayra Germany scales technology-oriented start-ups. The focus is on the venture client model, which enables start-ups from the fields of Internet of Things, data analytics, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence to win Telefónica as customers for products and solutions - while offering unique access to the infrastructure of the global telecommunications company. Telefónica, in turn, benefits from the innovative ideas of the start-ups, on the one hand, to improve processes within the Telefónica Group and, on the other hand, to develop new products for Telefónica brands. Wayra Germany was recently named Germany's best digital lab of a corporate group by Infront Consulting and the business magazine Capital.
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