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Telematics Technology Answering the Trucking Industry Call for Smarter Fleet Management

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trailer tracking white paperThis week, we’ll be showcasing some of the new enhancements to our dry van and cold chain telematics solutions in Booth 209 at the 79th Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Convention at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, from March 26-29, 2017.

Telematics and the Internet of Things (IoT) is adding intelligence to road transport operations, turning millions of “dark, dumb and disconnected” things into “visible, smart and connected” assets that report where they are, what they’re doing and how they are operating.

Berg Insight estimates shipments of remote tracking systems with cellular and satellite connectivity totalled 800,000 in 2015, with trailer tracking accounting for 56.8% of deployments. The adoption of trailer and cargo container telematics devices is expected to continue to grow, with Berg forecasting 8.1 million connected devices by 2020.

Why such growth? Recent years have seen significant advances both in telematics device technology and data communications networks, improving the reliability and reducing the cost of trailer tracking solutions.

As a leader and innovator in this market, ORBCOMM is continually focused on enhancing our solutions to meet our customers’ evolving requirements and help them increase visibility and profitability, while ensuring compliance with new industry regulations, such as the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act. You can see this innovation in action and Booth 209 of TCA 2017 this week, where we’re demonstrating some exciting new enhancements to our dry van and cold chain telematics solutions.

Earlier this year, ORBCOMM was first to market with a suite of dual-mode, LTE-enabled dry van tracking devices approved for use on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. ORBCOMM’s GT 1100-LTE devices support both single and dual-mode network connectivity utilizing ORBCOMM’s portfolio of internally-developed satellite modems, which are integrated with ORBCOMM’s OG1, OG2 and IsatData Pro (IDP) networks. The devices enable ORBCOMM customers to future-proof their solution investments with ubiquitous dual-mode  network coverage.

The GT 1100-LTE devices with integrated cargo sensors are designed for installation outside a loaded or unloaded asset in less than 15 minutes, which significantly reduces installation costs, resources and asset downtime. In addition, these state-of-the-art devices incorporate short-range wireless capabilities to support wireless sensors as well as ORBCOMMmobile apps that enable installation support tools on the go from iOS and Android devices. Self-powered with field-proven energy harvesting technology, ORBCOMM’s GT 1100-LTE devices utilize renewable solar energy to maintain the battery power level and support efficient, high-message reporting rates.

GT 1100-LTE devices with integrated cargo sensors

The solar-powered GT 1100-LTE devices with integrated cargo sensors are designed for installation outside a loaded or unloaded asset in less than 15 minutes, significantly reducing installation costs, resources and asset downtime.

ORBCOMM has also enhanced its cold chain telematics platform, which features improved visibility throughout the supply chain and compliance with the FDA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule, a subset of FSMA. The platform’s features include high-resolution temperature charts, trailer precooling notifications and temperature out-of-range alerts for quick corrective measures and continuous monitoring until the situation is corrected. ORBCOMM also offers a centralized document repository to manage sanitation checklists and wash-out records per the FDA’s requirements, which can be maintained for 12 months and integrate seamlessly with third-party transportation management system (TMS) providers.

cold chain telematics solution

ORBCOMM’s cold chain telematics platform features comprehensive temperature monitoring, control and compliance for the transport of temperature-controlled cargo.

tracking_2017_300-x-250By taking advantage of these new enhancements to our fleet management solutions, ORBCOMM customers can continue to improve operational efficiency while increasing capacity, visibility and compliance over their assets, regardless of their fleet size, asset type or integration requirements.

To learn more about ORBCOMM’s fleet management solutions, stop by and see us in Booth 209 at TCA or schedule a meeting with us onsite at the show. If you’re not able to attend the conference, contact us anytime for more information on fleet telematics.

J.B Hunt telematics solution

J.B. Hunt selected ORBCOMM to equip its 90,000-plus intermodal and over-the-road (OTR) trailing fleets with end-to-end tracking and monitoring, using solar-powered devices with integrated cargo sensors.

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New in Vessel Tracking – Introducing Hali: Terrestrial AIS + Satellite AIS + Satellite M2M

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This week we’re proud to launch our latest innovation delivering small craft safety, security and compliance. An initiative between ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock, Hali is a tri-mode Class B AIS transponder that delivers reliable vessel locations to ensure full vessel visibility.

How does Hali work?

Hali is unique in that it has tri-modal vessel position data delivery mechanisms. Hali will report to local terrestrial AIS stations and nearby vessels to bring real time information for real time situations (collision avoidance, search and rescue). Hali will also deliver vessel information through ORBCOMM’s industry leading satellite AIS constellation for global maritime domain awareness outside terrestrial AIS coverage. Hali will also augment these AIS transmissions with position reporting through ORBCOMM’s entire satellite M2M network.

ais device for vessel tracking: Hali

The Hali solution includes powerful, tamper-proof AIS Class B hardware that delivers data to maritime customers in an easy-to-use, secure, web-based platform.

What makes Hali unique?

The inclusion of ORBCOMM’s two-way proprietary data satellite network as an additional  communications channel delivers reliable vessel locations anywhere in the world. Satellite AIS is an extremely powerful tool to deliver maritime domain awareness, however it has been known to be impacted due to congestion in busy ports, as well as from the lower power levels of AIS Class B devices. Positional data from AIS Class B only enabled devices are delivered, but inconsistently or only occasionally. Being able to determine the status of your fleet, of a fishery, or of an environmentally sensitive area is severely compromised – this additional ORBCOMM proprietary channel offers a much improved and dependable picture.

Who is Hali designed for?

satellite ais data serviceHali offers SOS functionality, and can send a distress message upon the Alert mode activation. For safety and enforcement agencies, Hali delivers a system that brings SOLAS safety to non-SOLAS vessels, enhancing maritime domain awareness and improving search and rescue operations. It can also serve to augment visibility of friendly vessels, and therefore reduce the number of potential non-cooperative targets for investigation.

For fisheries protection agencies, this device complies with common AIS reporting requirements. It also has geofencing capabilities to facilitate regulatory compliance within exclusion zones.

A true maritime industry game changer, Hali is a powerful tri-modal device designed with regulatory/enforcement bodies and small craft operators in mind. Protection and accountability are no longer luxuries.

To learn more, visit www.hali-track.com or see Hali in action by visiting us at the CABSEC Maritime Security Conference in Panama this week.

 

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Detecting IUU Transshipments with AIS: Saving the Environment One Data Point at a Time

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Launched last September, Global Fishing Watch (a collaboration between SkyTruth, Oceana and Google, and powered by ORBCOMM AIS data) is a powerful platform focused on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing monitoring. Not only does Global Fishing Watch offer the most detailed global view of fishing activity to the public, it also provides an incredible database for scientists to develop new research.

After analyzing 21 billion ORBCOMM-provided AIS data points covering all oceans, a newly released research article (The Global View of Transshipment: Preliminary Findings*) uncovers some interesting trends around transshipment occurrences worldwide.

transshipments boatsTransshipments, which are defined as the transfer of goods from one boat to another, are a serious challenge for authorities worldwide concerned with everything from regional contraband, to illicit drugs, to IUU fisheries.  In the case of the latter, blending illegally caught fish with legally caught fish removes supply chain transparency and traceability, and allows this practice to account for up to 15% of the global catch.

By cataloging the world’s refrigerated cargo ships, and establishing rules for a sea based encounter, the scientists at SkyTruth were able to determine when transshipments were likely to have taken place.

Here are the rules that were used to identify transshipments with AIS data:

  1. Repeated AIS signals from two vessels that are within 500m of each other for greater than 3 hours, traveling at a speed of less than 2 knots.
  2. Encounters must occur more than 20 nautical miles from shore
  3. One of these vessels must be a refrigerated cargo ship

The study showed that 5,065 ‘likely transshipments’ and 86,940 ‘potential transshipments’ occurred from 2012 through 2016:

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Of special note are the high counts of transshipments occurring at EEZ boundaries; while not providing definite proof, it certainly depicts a pattern of activity that may not be legal and which should certainly be investigated. This is the all-important first step in bringing awareness of these types of activities to the world, and was only recently made possible through vessel location data collected by ORBCOMM’s satellite AIS service. Further transshipment analysis and inter-governmental cooperation should aid in the endeavor to enforce the regulations required to keep our environment healthy.

satellite ais data serviceIUU fishing indicators are not the only benefits of this type of use of AIS data. AIS can also be used to probe other nefarious activity, including smuggling and human trafficking.

To learn more about the world of possibilities enabled by ORBCOMM AIS data, visit us at the CABSEC 17 Maritime Security Conference in Panama, Mar. 21-23. Contact me to schedule a meeting or, if you can’t join us at the conference, please contact us anytime to talk satellite AIS.

*This publication and the information contained herein is copyrighted to SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch. It may be produced in whole or part and in any form for education and non-profit purposes without any special permission from the copyright holders, provided that the source is appropriately acknowledged. We ask that your attribution includes links back to skytruth.org and globalfishingwatch.org and clearly indicates if any modifications were made. This document has been prepared in good faith on the basis of information available to SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch at the date of publication. Readers are responsible for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content of this publication. SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person or any entity using or relying on information in this publication.

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Temperature Monitoring Goes Country in Australia

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The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, based in the country music capital of Tamworth, New South Wales, is a not-for-profit organisation that collects, protects and promotes the heritage of Australasian country music. Housing precious collectibles in such a warm climate presents some unique challenges, and requires the right technology to monitor their status at all times. Without proper temperature and humidity monitoring, different objects will degrade in different ways over time—metal objects will rust and textiles will rot—leaving the legacy of some of the country’s most iconic music in peril.

To protect this valuable collection from a sometimes unforgiving climate, reaching 40°C in mid-summer, regular Country Music Festival visitor Mark Mitchell, managing director of ORBCOMM Euroscan Asia Pacific and the SuperCool Group of Companies, negotiated the donation of a temperature and humidity monitoring system with Ron Quaedvlieg from ORBCOMM’s Euroscan Group headquarters in Europe.

The installation was completed just in time for the one of the hottest summers in Tamworth in January 2017. The temperature recorders monitor the temperature and humidity in each room, and send data to a web-based platform that staff and contractors can view remotely. Watch the video to learn more:

This was a novel use demonstrating the versatility of ORBCOMM’s cold chain monitoring and compliance solutions, typically deployed in transportation applications. To learn more, email sales@orbcommm.com or visit http://www2.orbcomm.com/coldchain

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Crushing It: Terex Takes the Lead in Telematics

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Discover how an extensive custom development project with ORBCOMM has seen Terex Materials Processing become the first OEM to provide remote real-time tracking and diagnostics for crushing and screening machines.

Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of lifting and material processing products and services delivering lifecycle solutions that maximize customer return on investment. Major Terex brands include Terex, Genie, Powerscreen and Demag. Terex solutions serve a broad range of industries, including construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, shipping, transportation, refining, energy, utilities, quarrying and mining. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in the acquisition of Terex equipment through Terex Financial Services.

Powerscreen® and Terex Finlay, brands of Terex Corporation, are world leaders in the design, production and supply of mobile, heavy-duty crushing and screening equipment for use in mining, quarrying, construction, demolition and recycling and have selected ORBCOMM real-time tracking and diagnostics.

powerscreen crusher monitoring
The Opportunity

In recent years, telematics technology has become standard on ‘yellow iron’ construction and heavy machines worldwide, helping distributors, owners and operators to maximize the performance, life cycle, safety and value of their equipment. Terex spotted a prime first-mover opportunity to add value to its offering and improve the customer experience by adding telematics capabilities to crushing and screening equipment.

Crushers and screeners are highly specialized, high-value machines. Ranging from 30-120 metric tons in weight, crushers are priced in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Equipment operates in harsh and often remote environments.

Machines must be set up properly for the specific job in hand and tuning requirements vary from site to site, as no two ores or rocks are ever identical. Read more ›

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Construction Telematics Q & A: Keeping Your Assets in Sight

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Keith GelinasThe following is a Q & A by Construction Industry News with Keith Gelinas, Senior Vice President & General Manager, OEM & Network Channel Sales for ORBCOMM:

Q: You’re an Internet of Things company. What does the IoT bring to the heavy equipment market?

Visibility. It’s hard to manage what you can’t see, and many heavy equipment fleets are deployed in faraway remote areas. Our solutions connect things – your fleet – to you so you can see them. And you can track and monitor not just where they are, but also status information like engine and fuel usage. It makes managing fleets easier and more efficient.

Q: Your customer list looks like a who’s who of the industry.

Well, ORBCOMM provides IoT solutions in multiple industries, but our largest subscriber base is within the heavy equipment industry. Companies such as Caterpillar, Doosan, Hitachi, Hyundai, John Deere, Kobelco, Komatsu, LBX, Manitowoc, Sumitomo, Terex, Volvo and more all depend on ORBCOMM to provide visibility into their deployed assets.

Q: What visibility into their assets are companies looking for?

construction telematics appThere are two classes of telematics. Basic telematics offers fleet location information, and status as to whether the unit is operating. This provides a certain level of value to the customer, who can understand where his fleet is and how it’s being used. Adoption of this level of technology is widespread and mostly useful to fleet operators.

Advanced telematics adds more information. Extra machine parameters are logged, reported and transformed into smart data, which provides fleet-wide operational metric analysis, scheduled maintenance based on usage and wear and tear of components as opposed to merely time, and early diagnosis of equipment failure, which can prevent work site disasters and limit down time. This data is typically of interest to the manufacturers and dealers, who are responsible for ensuring a certain level of service to the fleet operators.

Q: What does a typical IoT solution for heavy equipment consist of?

Every solution is a different, depending on the customer’s requirements, but there are three basic components. You need an IoT device to attach to the vehicle, you need network connectivity to get the data from the device, and you need an application at the management end to make sense of the data and show it to the user. ORBCOMM is unique in that we provide all three components.

Our PT 7000 hardware captures the data and speaks to one or more of our networks. We provide cellular and satellite connectivity through a number of partners, and most of our solutions for remote heavy equipment use our proprietary OG2 satellite network, delivering 24/7 visibility, even outside of cellular coverage. Finally, our multi-layer FleetEdge application offers the right layer of data to the right customer: fleet operators can see their basic telematics, and dealers and manufacturers can see their detailed performance data and make customer service decisions accordingly.

heavy equipment telematics IoT solution

Q: How can our readers find out more about your company?

For more information, visit http://www2.orbcomm.com/construction-telematics, call 1-800-ORBCOMM or stop by our CONEXPO Booth S-65107.

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Heavy Equipment: Connecting Industrial Assets Virtually Anywhere

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In order for you know where your assets are and how your assets are working, you need to be able to talk to them. As a pioneer in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication and a provider of complete Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, ORBCOMM delivers everything you need for complete asset awareness, even in the most remote locations. Our services are used and trusted by companies such as Caterpillar, Doosan, Hitachi, Hyundai, John Deere, Kobelco, Komatsu, LBX, Manitowoc, Sumitomo, Terex, Volvo, and more.

satellite modems for IoTFor the remote or difficult to reach areas, ORBCOMM offers connectivity options of three satellite services – Inmarsat, Globalstar and our proprietary ORBCOMM network. With compatible modem hardware – same footprint, same interface, same power – a VAR or system integrator can provide interchangeable satellite connectivity easily and at no incremental development cost on the same hardware platform, bringing product flexibility over geographies, data and service requirements. This is a design philosophy taken within ORBCOMM’s own separate hardware telematics product line.

All ORBCOMM modems have upgradeable firmware and satisfy all requirements for global M2M and IoT installations. The recently released OG2 modem was designed to deliver new data capabilities on ORBCOMM’s recently completed 2nd generation M2M- and IoT-exclusive satellite constellation. These satellite modems can also offer network redundancy in a dual-mode configuration, should anything happen to the local terrestrial cellular infrastructure due to capacity loading or environmental factors.

satellite modems for m2m applications

Where cellular networks are an option, ORBCOMM can also provide asset IoT connectivity through our seven Tier-1 partner networks, including AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Rogers and Orange, fulfilling all regional, national, international coverage requirements.

Unlike offerings from other companies, this diverse range of connectivity options are centrally managed through a single subscriber management platform — ORBCOMM’s award winning ORBCOMMconnect. Whether you need IoT SIM cards and cellular connectivity or satellite connectivity from any of our networks, ORBCOMM makes management of your subscribers easy.

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Heavy Equipment Maintenance Made Smarter with Telematics

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Fleet telematics application

Monitoring of heavy equipment can deliver many benefits, including reducing machine downtime and maintenance costs. But the challenge of having to access multiple portals for mixed fleets, and processing the volume of data they create, can be daunting.

Fortunately, FleetEdge, ORBCOMM’s industry-standard telematics application for heavy equipment managers, is now compatible with a newly introduced telematics standard, allowing users to integrate data from different types of equipment.

Released last year by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), the new API is intended to make it easier to transfer information in mixed equipment fleets to end-user enterprise systems. This will allow fleet managers to analyze data from mixed equipment fleets and extract the nuggets of information that will reduce the amount of maintenance that needs to be performed on equipment.

ORBCOMM’s FleetEdge also includes a new maintenance module, which allows users to register equipment and create and evaluate their own maintenance intervals, in order to determine when a specific machine is due for servicing. Users are able to track parts that need to be replaced, and keep track of what maintenance has been done, and when, for a specific asset. This gives fleet owners actionable data on maintenance and equipment performance based on utilization and operating hours.

The accompanying FleetEdge mobile app offers users a more complete view of equipment utilization, geofence activity and sensor data, which is all brought to life with improved charts and graphs, right from your mobile device.

Integrated with FleetEdge, the powerful PT 7000 device completes a comprehensive telematics solution that includes sensors, connectivity and a web-based interface that provides tracking and location data, operational status as well as analytic, predictive and diagnostic tools for every asset in your fleet. The PT 7000 is a dual-mode device, with satellite and cellular connectivity capabilities to ensure maximum geographical coverage at the best possible rates.

equipment telematics: PT 7000

The PT 7000 is a ruggedized, cellular or dual-mode construction equipment tracking and monitoring device, enabling complete visibility and more efficient operation of heavy equipment by providing access to real-time data and analytics.

 

To learn more schedule a demo, call 1-800-ORBCOMM or stop by our CONEXPO Booth S-65107.

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Why Satellite for IoT? 6 Key Advantages

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satellite IoT webinarSatellite is undergoing a renaissance of late, where we’ve seen a number of constellation renewals as well as a lot of talk of new constellations. The big difference from earlier commercial satellite deployments is that these new constellations now have Internet of Things (IoT) Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication as a big part of their revenue strategy—the business case is no longer built just around voice as it was in the late 1990s.

Indeed, Beecham Research conservatively pegs the annual growth rate for satellite IoT connections at 12% per year. There is an opportunity for faster growth, with many new satellite IoT applications becoming viable as costs continue to come down. Plus, while much use of satellite for IoT is commercial at the moment, there is huge potential for the consumer satellite IoT market.

Yet, with cellular coverage becoming more ubiquitous, the question remains, “why satellite”?

Here are 6 reasons integrators are increasingly incorporating satellite into their IoT deployments:

1. Coverage
Coverage is the number one value proposition for the majority of those who decide to pursue satellite connectivity. This will likely never change. But there are other lesser known value propositions offered by satellite, that either complement coverage or stand up on their own as a reason for opting for satellite.

2. Reliability
One of the key benefits that certain satellite systems can provide is enhanced reliability. Satellite availability can be better than 99.9%, providing a service level that cellular can’t guarantee, especially when you broaden your scope outside of an urban area. Cellular reliability is quite good, but there are certain conditions that can compromise cellular service without affecting satellite service. While this is mostly centered around infrastructure location and environmental conditions, there is also a congestion element present. The high reliability of satellite can encourage satellite only solutions in some cases, and in others provide an independent, redundant channel to primary cellular connectivity.

3. Longevity
The life cycle of a satellite network is quite long. As all of these constellations are expected to be backwards compatible, technology life cycles of 20+ years are not uncommon. Compare this to the longevity of cellular, where we’re seeing 2G sunsetting, 4G is replacing 3G, and 5G has already begun trials.

4. Immediacy
The lack of local infrastructure required for satellite communication is also a key benefit. There are other communications options for remote areas, but they come with a great amount of time and expense for new infrastructure. Private RF networks can connect sites, but will need some form of backhaul, as would cellular towers. In many cases, providing a satellite terminal can simplify deployments greatly. An additional benefit is that satellite IoT generally works globally, meaning you may not need multiple product variants to satisfy your geographic needs.

5. Isolation
The fifth value proposition comes from a satellite IoT network generally being offered as a proprietary, closed system, enhancing reliability and offering greater security.

6. Multicasting
The final benefit is a new development specific to a couple of satellite IoT providers – multi-casting. This refers to broadcasting a message to a group, or subgroup of subscribers as a single billable event. With satellite’s large transmission area (beam size), a single broadcast can reach multiple units, driving down cost for certain transmissions.

Satellite IoT Innovation Open Up New Opportunities
satellite mythsTechnology has also been a catalyst for driving improvements across satellite IoT offerings, overcoming traditional limitations, debunking common satellite myths, and making it the preferred option for various applications.

Satellite IoT devices (just like satellites themselves) have become smaller, cheaper and more powerful. They have also become smarter, with the ability to compute least cost routing with dual-mode cellular satellite connectivity, which automatically chooses the most cost-effective messaging option at the time. You also now have the power to perform intelligent data retrieval and filtering at the edge, transmitting only the data you need, when you need it.

Innovation has also driven improvements in efficiency, power optimization and satellite message delivery. Most satellite IoT services use packet data, an extremely efficient data exchange method that has none of the overhead an IP transaction would, especially for simple reporting such as GPS location.

In some cases, based on regular scheduled reporting, the overhead in IP traffic can cause an increase of more than 20 times the data used by satellite. Satellite providers have taken steps to simplify integration of this protocol for users, by including parsing, compression, expansion and offering multiple access methods at the data gateways. For example, ORBCOMM’s DeviceCloud abstracts data from devices in order to have messages presented identically whether they originate from satellite or cellular.

DeviceCloud is a single interface for managing multiple networks and devices, where connectivity and device-specific messaging is abstracted to a common interface and messaging API.

DeviceCloud is a single interface for managing multiple networks and devices, where connectivity and device-specific messaging is abstracted to a common interface and messaging API.

Tools have also cropped up to make things easier for satellite integrators. As we offer multiple satellite and cellular connectivity options, ORBCOMM has developed a single subscriber management portal from which you can manage all your subscriptions and billing, enabling satellite connectivity management as simple as cellular. Blended satellite and cellular data plans are also becoming available, recognizing the value of having satellite as a backup to primary cellular communication.

These advantages are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential of satellite for IoT applications. What are the game changers that satellite has delivered you and your business? Post your comments below…

For more information on deploying satellite IoT solutions, contact us.

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Mining Company Cuts Costs by 80% with Remote Monitoring of Groundwater Levels

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The following Case Study is by Pacific Data Systems, a leader in smart monitoring and control systems and ORBCOMM solution provider based in Brisbane, Australia. Download the full Case Study here.

ConsultCorp* is a global group which provides practical solutions for companies involved in mining, infrastructure, energy, urban growth and natural resources. In this case, its client was a major mining company.

High cost and risk

The mine’s location was the first challenge, being situated in inaccessible, mountainous terrain which was out of 3G and 4G network coverage and right next door to sensitive environmental areas.

As part of its environmental governance commitment, the company needed to monitor groundwater levels at seven sites around the mine, monitoring continuously but collecting data once per week.

To meet this requirement, ConsultCorp sent two of its people to site each week. This was costly for its client and risky for ConsultCorp’s people, especially in extreme weather which was known to include snow.

remote mining monitoring

Expensive or outdated

As the senior hydrogeologist, John Carson said, ‘We looked at a few options at the time, but none fitted our needs. Radio transmission meant setting up and maintaining a string of stations over kilometers of rough terrain, which was out of the question cost-wise, and the other satellite-based systems used outdated technology that needed a lot of tinkering to make work.’

Elegant, smart and fast to install

Carson decided to call Thermofisher Scientific, a leading provider of specialist equipment, who recommended Pacific Data Systems, who had been developing monitoring systems for three decades. At the time, PDS was developing satellite-based system called SatVue which was based on advanced technology and was an off-the-shelf ‘plug & play’ device. SatVue is a compact, rugged system that uses ORBCOMM’s technology and the IsatData Pro satellite network to transmit data. The SatVue system is self-sustaining with a built-in solar panel. The satellite terminal is IP67 certified and designed to withstand harsh environments, extreme temperatures and high humidity. As designed, the installed equipment and corresponding services require minimal onsite maintenance and support. Read more ›

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