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KINEIS : le futur des objets connectés… Par satellites !
December 24, 2019
This miniature chip linked to a unique constellation of nanosatellites will keep you safe when hiking in the great outdoors. How? Simply by transmitting your position at all times, wherever you are in the world. Its name is KINEIS, a system like no other in Europe, created by CNES subsidiary CLS. Today, you buy an iPhone from Apple and a contract from an operator like Orange or SFR. Tomorrow, you’ll buy your transmitte from a sports store like Décathlon, or a rucksack with a transmitter already built in to it, and Décathlon will buy connectivity, or a contract if you like, from KINEIS. You don’t need to do anything, as it’s all included in the package. KINEIS BRINGS SPACE TO ALL KINEIS is an innovative project whose heritage draws on the Argos system developed by CNES in 1978. But the big change KINEIS brings is the ability to track and connect objects in real time. A revolution made possible by a new constellation of 20 nanosatellites to be launched between now and 2021 that will make space accessible to all. When you’ve got large numbers of users, you can of course do things a lot cheaper. A constellation launched for just 1,000 users will be very expensive, whereas with several million users users your costs are obviously lower, and that means you can bring space applications to more people. To drive down costs, the satellites and everything inside them had to be made smaller. CNES has been doing research and development for many years now to achieve this. Today, millions of phones are being sold and huge research and development efforts have gone into components. We’ve selected some of these components, which we then subject to the extreme conditions of the space environment, radiation in particular. We then turn those that make the grade over to manufacturers so they can develop complex, high-performance instruments built around macro-components. KINEIS will soon be available for numerous consumer applications like outdoor leisure activities and sailing, as well as private-sector applications like logistics, fisheries or agriculture. We’ll be able to connect boats of all sizes, especially small boats. We’ll be able to connect animals. Today, scientists track wildlife with Argos to study migration patterns. Tomorrow, with KINEIS, we’ll be able to track livestock to help farmers keep an eye on their herds and monitor their health remotely. For example, they’ll be able to see when an animal is ready to calve. We’re looking to get space-based data collection and location applications to the widest number, as affordably as possible. We’re hoping this is going to be a revolution. At least that’s what we’re trying to achieve. We really believe in this system, because there’s huge potential out there and the market and applications are endless.