DB believes that rail and road are the way to benefit customers in global trade
The Toronto company, which has 20 employees and was established in 2015, is building a global communications network that will offer connectivity for bulk data transmission and IoT applications at any time and in any place without the need for cellular carriers. Kepler plans to launch 140 small satellites, which are about the size of a lunch box, into low earth orbit. Its IoT solution will enable global positioning and allow transmission of data, such as information about the condition of freight being transported through multiple countries by train or truck. Beginning in 2022 Kepler's satellites will allow containers that are in transport to communicate almost in real time via sensors. The benefits for logistics customers include higher quality along the supply chain and seamless consignment tracking, even in areas where there is no cellular network.
DB Digital Ventures, Deutsche Bahn's venture capital arm that funds new digital business models, has invested in a Canadian satellite communications company. By investing in Kepler Communications, DB is banking on innovative technology for fast and secure data transmission.