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Chasing World Records with the Help of Satellite-Cellular M2M

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There any many applications for satellite M2M but few are daring and fun at the same time.

Touareg trekOn September 21, an experienced off-road driving team will try to break the record for a cross Europe and Africa driving endurance challenge. A single 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI® will travel from North Cape, Norway to Cape Town, South Africa and will be equipped with a SkyWave IDP-780 satellite-cellular device and SkyWave’s AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) Agent to provide location tracking and vehicle status updates to give fans up-to-the-minute progress reports online.

The trek will cover many European and African countries and over 17,000 km through rough terrain. The three-member Challenge4 crew plans to alternate the task of driving, taking five-hour shifts day and night to drive non-stop throughout the full two weeks.

They will drive the same SUV the entire route, demonstrating the durability and dependability of both the vehicle and the satellite tracking technology, even in the world’s harshest environments and most challenging driving conditions.

The event is also a charity fundraiser—20 euro cents per kilometre driven will be donated to two SOS Children’s Villages in Zambia and Tanzania. We will be following the event closely and posting the crew’s progress on social media. You can also follow the event online at www.touareg-capetocape.com.

Have your own creative use of satellite M2M to share? Share your thoughts below…

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Mark Kuiack

Mark Kuiack is Director of Digital Marketing for ORBCOMM. He is responsible for the strategic direction of ORBCOMM's web and social media presence, and has over 15 years of experience in marketing and writing about various technology applications.

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