DescriptionLynk will connect billions of people in rural and remote communities with the existing phones in their pockets with no modifications and no additional user terminals. Lynk is a communications technology that will fulfill the promise of connecting the last mile. In this presentation, I will share three stories with attendees. The first is about the Aha Moment, the second is about the Impact of Communications, and the third is about a moment in time when your life collides with History. The Aha Moment story will share how the Lynk team came to focus on the cell phone and texting. The Impact of Communications story will discuss the effect of technology advancements on society and Lynk’s role in the advancement. The last story will examine this moment in history’s impact on Lynk and all of us. Lynk’s mission is to provide connectivity to all 7.7 Billion people everywhere on the Earth. To deliver affordable ubiquitous connectivity, we are building a cellular nanosatellite communications network. This network functions as “cell towers in orbit.” Existing smartphones, GSM/LTE capable feature phones, and cellular Machine-to-Machine/Internet of Things (M2M/IoT) devices anywhere on Earth will be able to connect to our orbiting cell towers with no modifications to the devices’ hardware or software and no additional user terminals. In February 2020, we successfully sent an emergency cell broadcast alert from a satellite to unmodified cell phones on the ground. Lynk’s orbiting cell towers will provide ubiquitous coverage at 4 orders of magnitude lower CAPEX and OPEX expense than traditional ground-based cell towers – a few dollars per square mile. Where $10,000 or $1,000 or $100 in revenue per square mile for phone service might be insufficient to justify the expense to build traditional ground-based cell towers, these levels of revenue will be highly profitable for Lynk. We provide service to everyone by filing in the connectivity gaps everywhere. In solving this fundamental economic problem, Lynk serves a huge existing market – to include last mile connectivity, gap coverage, humanitarian and disaster relief operations, digital money, maritime operations, and search and rescue.
Margo Deckard is a Co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of Lynk Global, Inc. Her work analyzing BGAN usage data from the 2014 Ebola Pandemic Crisis Response drove the Lynk team to design a global connectivity solution that uses the unmodified phone in everyone’s pocket. Previously, Margo served as VP of Programs for NexGen Space LLC, where she was Project Manager for the Ultra-Low-Cost Access to Space Study for the United States Air Force. This study focused on how the United States Government could leverage free enterprise to achieve low cost access to space to meet our National Security needs in the next 5 years. She was the PI for NASA-funded research on the environmental impacts of space solar power (SSP), and co-authored a study for the National Security Space Office on SSP. Margo wrote a web data connector for NetHope to connect data from the United Nations Humanitarian Crisis Response Syrian Refugee Crisis REST APIs and populate Tableau. This product will guide over 43 NGOs in their efforts to meet the needs of the Syrian Refugees. She has a BS in Genetic Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Wright State University.
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