Swarm has based its business around people who require data transfer for cheap and after months of applying to the US governing bodies, the satellite network is up and running. At the time of writing this, the Swarm satellite network has 12 of 150 planned satellites, but it is operational, with improvements in speed and connection reliability to come. One thing to note though, Swarm’s network is not intended to be used for your Sunday’s Netflix and chill sessions, yet for ultra low bandwidth provided to locations which aren’t properly covered and need to have basic data submitted to the satellite to be used.

Internet of Things as a concept is creeping its way into our living routine and it is looking into expanding. Agriculture and weather monitoring, just to name a few, can benefit a lot from Swarm’s concept, as this is an affordable way to get some truly valuable data over a longer period of time. Currently you can have a data plan of 750 data packets containing 200 bytes, which is definitely not a lot, but more than enough for these specific usage cases.

If you are looking into bringing the Internet to your Thing, keep in mind that the planned pricing for this to work is US$119, which includes the Swarm board and the $US5 monthly data plan as specified above.

Source: TechCrunch

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