Second call for up to €30k funding to develop internet of things (IoT) solutions for Satellite Communications

This SatCom IoT opportunity might be of interest to you!  The second call for the European Space Agency (ESA) MakerSpace here at DCU Alpha is about to happen with 6 new challenges in the SatCom IoT space and you will own any intellectual property (IP) generated. Up to €30K is available for each challenge to help you build a demonstration model. This is an opportunity for you to address challenges relating to the development and deployment of IoT capabilities across the satellite communications sector. See further project information here –


The next 6 challenges are as follows but are subject to change;



Challenge 4

Monitoring critical infrastructure over satellite using compact, single RF-chain devices

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Railway bridge collapse Malahide,Co. Dublin in 2009 just after 2 trains went over it.



Challenge 5

Update Bluetooth beacon software over satellite

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Challenge 6

Use FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Array) in the cloud to rapidly process satellite signals

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Challenge 7

Develop a demonstrator test bed for a Blockchain implementation over satellite using open-source tools

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Challenge 8

EPRIB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) sunken craft locator

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R116 that crashed of the coast of Mayo.



Challenge 9

VDES (VHF data exchange system) Maritime communication project

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To help you get a better understanding of the challenges and what’s involved we plan on facilitating a webinar on the 20th October at 1pm where we will explain the above challenges and answer any questions you may have.  Please email me ( if you wish to join the webinar and I’ll forward the details. The closing date for returning the ‘Project Outline Document’ is the 30th October. Email me if you which me to email the document to you.




27th October      Where will be a webinar at 1pm, email if you wish to join
30th October      ‘Project Outline Document’ to be emailed to by 12noon
3rd November    Judges to complete the assessment of responses
11th December   Non-negotiable contract to be signed at DCU Alpha




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Kind regards,

Terence Bowden

Community & Business Development


Old Finglas Road


Dublin 11