Plastimo, a major international player in the boating industry, has chosen Sigfox technology to create the worlds first low cost connected life jacket. The Sigfox enabled life jacket can be tracked anywhere on the planet at an ultra-low cost.Sigfox will leverage its new deal with satellite provider Eutelsat, announced last month, to make this possible. Eutelsat has branded its new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) offering, planned for affordable Sigfox enabled IoT connectivity, as Eutelsat LEO for Objects (ELO).
One of the major advantages of the ELO offering is that it uses the Sigfox protocol already available in more than 65 countries. The life jackets produced by Plastimo will be supported by either Sigfox’s terrestrial network or its Eutelsat satellite network. The first two nanosatellites will be operational in 2020.
Existing technologies do not offer this geolocation functionality at an affordable price for the boating market, while the ELO offering will soon support the location of a person lost at sea or shipwrecked in a Plastimo life raft or wearing a Plastimo life jacket, at a reasonable price.