Skylo offers two-way connectivity and easy installation. It provides a compact and portable hardware – the Skylo Hub which can be mounted on the boat, and connected to the battery for power supply. With the help of inbuilt sensors, it can relay messages via the Skylo Satellite Network, transmitting real time data to the shore on desktop or mobile phone via Skylo App. Fishermen can also receive data relayed from the shore to the boat. Further, the company said the subscription services are affordable, “costing as low as a daily cup of tea/coffee,” as per a statement from the company on Wednesday.
“We firmly believe that unless digitisation and advanced technology are deployed consistently, challenges will remain and continue to be barriers to productivity, growth and safety of our fishermen. For centuries, industries like fisheries have been operating offline, and have not had the opportunity to take full advantage of the latest advancements in AI & IoT – until now. We are happy that we are able to make available the world’s first satellite-based NB-IoT network capability in India first to transform the lives of fishermen,” said Ganesh Nakhawa, Program Director – Fisheries, Skylo.
He added that Tamil Nadu has more than 10 lakh fishermen who live in about 600 marine fishing villages situated along the 13 coastal districts who can reap the benefits of this technology.
Using the technology, fishermen can reach out to the Indian Coast Guard or any other Tamil Nadu government officials in case of emergencies, accidents and get alerts if they are in the danger of inadvertently entering foreign waters while fishing. The fishermen can also receive weather alerts and cyclone warnings. Fishermen can also increase their income by sharing information about their catch immediately and close deals with traders while still at sea in addition to interacting with their friends and family members.
Skylo plans to work closely with the State Government and fishermen cooperatives and associations to create awareness about the benefits of its product.
On November 26, 2020, Skylo Hub helped authorities save seven fishermen from Maharashtra from drowning. The fishermen were on board a small fishing boat off the coast of Maharashtra in western India. Unfortunately, their boat got damaged and began to sink. Skylo Hub, mounted on the boat, raised an alarm with the boat owner as well as the coastal security of the state. The system also shared information about the exact location of the sinking boat. The alerted authorities could begin rescue operations and save the lives of the fishermen.