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Sensors and Satellites

May 1, 2006 By: Barbara G. Goode, Sensors Sensors

Sensors are being paired with satellites to enable new capabilities. Here's an example: MachineTalker Inc. says its MachineTalker units are now transmitting sensor data and security alerts that can be monitored on the QTRACS Web site of communications technology giant Qualcomm Inc. Qualcomm reportedly has the largest deployed base of GPS tracking systems on trucks. The ability of MachineTalker units to provide specific information from the cargo compartment of trucks and containers to Qualcomm's satellite system enables organizations to get cargo status and location details at any time through the Internet. MachineTalker devices can be linked with virtually any kind of sensor to transmit such critical information as changes in temperature and pressure, and if (and when) cargo doors have been opened. (

 MachineTalker-supplied sensor data informs QTRACS display
MachineTalker-supplied sensor data informs QTRACS display

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