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Helios Wire Raises $4 Million in Financing for Satellite IoT

By Ken Briodagh August 21, 2017

In a recent announcement, Helios Wire has said it has raised an additional $4 million in financing with the goal of helping to facilitate the launch of its first two satellites. These funds will be allocated towards the development of the satellite-based IoT system that Helios is building.

“We're extremely pleased with the level of investor interest in Helios Wire's mission. The funds from this round of financing will be put towards the launch of our first satellite this Christmas, as well as the two other satellites scheduled to be launched during the second half of 2018,” said Scott Larson, CEO and Co-founder, Helios Wire. “We're in the midst of a seismic shift in the way industries operate. Our goal is to make certain that companies and organizations, regardless of size, are able to participate in the enabling technologies of IoT, particularly in the industrial sectors.”

“Today, Industrial IoT is frequently considered to be costly, inaccessible, and best suited for larger, international organizations; but that won't always be the case,” said Larson. “For instance, a small-scale farmer will be able to use Helios Wire's economical IoT service to optimally manage a handful of fields. As well, multinational shipping corporations and exporter-importers will be able to optimize fleets and shipments.”

In June 2015, the McKinsey Global Institute reported that the potential economic impact of IoT would grow from $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion by 2025. By 2020, it's anticipated that there will be as many as 30.7 billion trackers worldwide, though many of those trackers (via communications satellites) and bandwidth costs are prohibitively expensive.

“For small-to-medium sized businesses, the Helios system would reduce capital and operational expenses and infrastructure costs, allowing for more rapid technological adoption,” said Larson. "For the purposes of agriculture, infrastructure, and some asset monitoring, 12-hour latency is more than enough to provide heightened analysis and optimization of processes.”


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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