Kinéis: the Internet of things by satellite, version made in France

Kinéis is a French company of New Space . Thanks to seven satellites now orbiting the Earth, the company based in the Toulouse suburbs manages to link up with terminals all over the world, for customers of all kinds.

Born in 2018 from the Argos project, led by NASA and CNES, Kinéis proposes to bridge the gap between objects on the ground, which the society calls “terminals” and the owners of these, whether they are government agencies, NGOs or private companies.

“We are no longer SFR or Orange rather than Apple or Samsung ”

To fully understand how Kinéis works, Alexandre Tisserant, its president draws a parallel with the much better known world of telephony: “To make the analogy, we are more SFR or Orange than Apple or Samsung”. If he does not rule out the idea of ​​one day producing terminals for customers “in specific, emerging markets, where we would have a certain competence” , it also recognizes the know-how of its partners and trusts them completely.

With today a fleet of seven satellites operating around the Earth, Kinéis offers very interesting results, all over the world. To give an example, the Toulouse company is working with the Australian government in order “to follow the Buffalo herds in the country, directly by satellite in order to be able to direct them as best as possible so that they do not deteriorate too much. their environment ”.

A very young project with 25 years of experience

If the company is only a few years old, the project is much older than that. Based on the foundations of ARGOS, Kinéis recovers a legacy of more than 25 years. Backed by a fundraising of 100 millions of dollars which made it possible to “do everything”, the young Toulouse start-up hopes to be able to further improve its performance and “provide near-real-time results, with data refresh every at 15 minutes. ”

But to do such things, society needs more satellites. It will thus launch a fleet of 15 new models, nanosatellites, which should make it possible to “lower our costs and thus gain new customers” , explains Alexandre Tisserand.

Regarding this new fleet, it should be released in five times using rockets from the company Rocket Lab. “The flights will take place throughout the year 2023 from New Zealand with five shots from five satellites each”. Thanks to this new arsenal of work, Kinéis hopes to succeed in attracting other customers, the company which has just obtained an authorization from the FCC to “do business” on American soil.

Physicians in search of the American dream

In fact if this authorization only affects the country from Uncle Sam, it could have much bigger repercussions. Indeed, “”many countries first look at what is being done in the United States before authorizing it at home.” This privilege given to Kinéis should therefore allow the company to develop further and find customers everywhere.

Alexandre Tisserant speaks of a “ major step ” with this new authorization given by the FCC which is also for the project teams a very important form of validation and recognition of their work. Kinéis will now have to work harder, she who plans to set up around twenty satellite dishes around the world in order to capture the signal from its satellites.

In addition to this structural work, the company will have to work on the data center part as well as the data distribution.

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