M2M / IoT Maker-Space for Satellite Communications
M2M / IoT Maker-Space for Satellite Communications

M2M / IoT Maker-Space for Satellite Communications

Our Audience

A call to arms for experts, hackers, companies, teams, satellite and ham radio enthusiasts, engineers, academics and makers.

There are significant changes occurring in the development of terrestrial communications which are being designed specifically to meet the potential demand for the communications bandwidth needed to facilitate the connection of a potential device count of 26 billion Internet-of-Things (IoT) units by 2025. The European Space Agency has identified the need to accelerate research and development in the area of  IoT over satellite, as the reality is that not all areas of the earth’s surface will facilitate IoT connectivity over terrestrial networks, yet the demand for connectivity will remain.

The programme will be delivered by DCU and DCU Alpha, Dublin City University's Innovation Campus on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Our Goal

We are presenting calls to develop demonstrator project solutions to technical challenges surrounding the integration of satellite and M2M/IoT technologies. We will award funding of between €5k and €30K to develop demonstrable solutions to our technical challenges. 

A number of products or concepts based on small embedded systems, state-of-the-art Software Defined Radios and open source programming boards have already been placed into orbit. We are aiming to develop solutions which will further contribute to emerging industries. Don’t worry, it’s not all rocket science, but it might be a good start…….


The Challenges

1. Investigate the feasibility of the NB-IoT waveform for low-rate satellite communications

    Download the Contract

     Download the Statment of Works (SoW) for the 'IoT Waveform'

2. Cloud Radio Access networks (C-RAN) for low data rate satellite services

    Download the Contract

    Download the Statment of Works (SoW) for the 'C-RAN for satelitte'


3. Demonstration of a Satellite wearable device.

    Download the Contract

    Download the Statment of Works (SoW) for the 'Wearable L-Band device'



The Offer

  • Up to €30,000 in funding to help prove your idea
  • Office and lab space 



16th June (Fri), Emails will be sent out

30th June (Fri), Deadline for clarification

6th July (Thu), Deadline for expression-of-interest

24th Aug, (Thu) Offers sent to chosen teams

7th Sept (Thu), Signed contract to be sent to Terence.Bowden@dcu.ie



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Project Management Team

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Richard Stokes,

Innovation Director, Dublin city University


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Ronan Furlong,

Chief Executive Officer, DCU Alpha


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Mark McCarville,

Chief Executive Officer, Mindseed



Terence Bowden,

Community & Business Development, DCU Alpha






Assessment Panel

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Prof. Linda Doyle,

Director of CONNECT and Professor of Engineering &The Arts at Trinity College, University of Dublin


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Prof. Fiona Regan,

Professor, Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University


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Prof. Dermot Diamond,

Science Foundation Ireland Principle Investigator in the ‘Adaptive Information Cluster



Gabriel Muntean

Gabriel Muntean,

Senior Lecturer at Dublin City University




Terence Bowden
Community & Business Development Manager
DCU Alpha, Old Finglas Road, Dublin 11, Ireland






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