Globalstar Launches Asset Tracking Management SolutionApril 22, 2009
The SMARTONE satellite-managed asset tracker from Axonn will use Globalstar's Simplex data network to enable customers to track mobile assets virtually anywhere.
MILPITAS, CA (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), the world's largest provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and individuals, announced that leading Simplex data integrator Axonn LLC has launched SMARTONE, the Satellite Managed Asset Ready Tracker. SMARTONE is Axonn's newest global asset tracking solution that uses the highly reliable Globalstar Simplex data network and enables customers to track the location of their mobile assets virtually anywhere.
The SMARTONE device transmits real-time GPS location, alarm inputs and engine run-time data over the Globalstar constellation of low earth-orbiting (LEO) satellites. The small size (6.5" x 3.25" x 1") and design allows it to be easily installed and field managed without the need for harnesses, antennas, or external power. The device is powered by AA size lithium batteries providing up to three years of battery life. Axonn's current asset management products are used on a variety of mobile assets such as cargo containers, trailers and railcars, construction and service vehicles as well as fixed assets like field equipment, generators, pipelines, and propane and fuel storage tanks.
"We are very pleased to announce the addition of the SMARTONE product to the suite of asset tracking solutions that utilize the Globalstar Simplex network and we look forward to working with Axonn and other integrators in the future as we prepare to launch our next-generation of enhanced satellite data services," said Tom Colby, Chief Operating Officer of Globalstar, Inc. Mr. Colby added, "With our Simplex data performance exceeding 98 percent messaging reliability and the continued expansion of our global Simplex coverage, Globalstar anticipates launching new and innovative Simplex data products and integrated solutions later this year and into 2010 in conjunction with the deployment of our second-generation satellite constellation."
"There was a pent up market demand for a sub $200 satellite asset management device that operates on 'off-the-shelf' batteries capable of providing years of service," said Dave Biggs, CEO of Axonn LLC. Mr. Biggs added, "We've met that need with the SMARTONE at a price point that makes it economically feasible for customers to invest in a device to manage their high value assets as well as their previously overlooked lower value assets."
The Globalstar Simplex data offering is a low cost, one-way satellite data service that permits customers to use satellite modems and integrated back office management solutions to track mobile assets, such as vehicles, trailers, cargo containers and maritime vessels, using GPS or other location-based technologies. The Simplex data network also provides a platform for personal tracking and messaging solutions for commercial and recreational customers using products such as the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. Simplex data service can be used for a wide variety of industrial and security applications to monitor and send information from fixed assets, such as environmental measuring instruments, utility meters, or report the state of various mobile sensor devices and their locations.
With over 325,000 subscribers, Globalstar is the world's largest provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications.
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