Spain was recently hit with a severe snowstorm, resulting in heavy snowfall and the coldest night in over 20 years. Imagine, for a moment, that you wished to assess the damage caused by the storm on a national level. How would you go about this?
NSR Analyst Shivaprakash Muruganandham shares insights from NSR’s recent report on ‘Satellite Ground Network Virtualization,’ and the implications for a ground segment that needs to catch up with innovations in space. Shiva explains how the ground needs to become more virtual, software defined, and cloud-centric to unlock the capabilities of newer HTS satellites, flexible payloads…
Satellites, given their constant surveillance and coverage capabilities, are a natural fit for Earth Observation. A single satellite, with the right resolution and altitude, could take a snapshot of the country, and the right expertise and tools would allow you to assess the extent or the snowfall, especially when compared with historical imagery.
NSR’s recently released M2M and IoT via Satellite, 11th Edition, found that Ku-band and VSAT will indeed grow revenues, albeit more slowly than other technology types. Recent innovations will increase and accelerate demand and revenues in the medium and long term.
In comparison, the “ground” segment in the industry is just beginning to ramp up, with relatively slower developments, in part due to the siloed nature of advancements at a components and sub-systems level.