Breaking Canadian ELD News: Update on Progressive Enforcement

Today, we’re bringing you an important update on the Canadian ELD mandate. 

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As part of the communication between ORBCOMM and Transport Canada, we received confirmation that Transport Canada is further refining the Progressive Enforcement policy that was announced by the Minister of Transportation on March 2nd. Transport Canada has confirmed to ORBCOMM that there will be no penalties issued during the initial Education and Awareness phase, which begins on June 12. This penalty-free period is estimated to last three months from the June 12 deadline. This will apply to both Canadian-domiciled and U.S. cross-border drivers. 

While drivers and carriers will not be penalized for lack of a certified ELD during the 1st phase, they must continue to maintain accurate Records of Duty Status (RODS). ORBCOMM’s Hours of Service and ELD systems provide accurate RODS today for both Canada and the U.S. and will continue to do so seamlessly through the Canadian ELD transition. 

ORBCOMM remains committed to offering the highest level of safety and compliance, including providing a certified Canadian ELD solution to meet the June 12 deadline. We welcome the progressive enforcement approach, which will provide drivers and carriers adequate time to successfully make the transition to the ELD standard. 

Transport Canada has reinforced the importance of outfitting vehicles with certified ELDs “as soon as reasonably possible.” Because this progressive enforcement period has not been legislated and could therefore be modified at any time, we strongly encourage fleets to ensure they have certified devices ahead of June 12. The Education and Awareness phase can be used as a time for drivers to familiarize themselves with the new processes before true enforcement begins. 

For more on this and other updates surrounding the Canadian ELD mandate, please join us for a Live Webinar with Today’s Trucking on April 21. We will provide valuable information and insights to help you ensure readiness for this mandate:

Canadian ELD Update: What You Need to Know as the Deadline Looms
Live Webinar Co-Hosted with Today’s Trucking
April 21, 2021, 1PM EDT

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Suez Canal Incident Illuminates Critical Role of AIS Data in Making Informed Supply Chain Decisions

In recent days you have probably seen a lot of coverage on the Evergreen marine container vessel, Ever Given, getting stuck in the Suez Canal and holding up global trade as a result. One of the critical maritime shipping choke points in the world, the vessel became stuck in a channel of the Suez where traffic goes in both directions, so the Canal was completely shut down for nearly a week because of the accident.

AIS Data white paperSome experts have estimated that this hold-up cost $400 million an hour in global trade. There were reports of vessels in the canal queue that were carrying livestock with a limited supply of feed available on board, tankers delayed that were causing oil rationing in countries such as Syria and countless refrigerated containers with perishable goods on board other ships. Going around Africa from Europe to Asia adds seven days to a voyage, so many vessel operators were stuck trying to decide whether to go the long way around or hope the Ever Given would be dislodged in under that time while balancing the financial and logistics impacts.

Unfortunately, a traffic jam like this was probably inevitable. The good news is that thanks in part to technology like ORBCOMM’s satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services, global shipping companies and operators are more connected to their vessels than ever before. Nearly all large commercial vessels also have broadband satellite connectivity, so critical operational information, such as engine diagnostics or the status of the refrigeration units of the containers it is carrying, is being collected and sent off the vessel at sea to home offices on land. Vessel charters and routers have maritime IoT technology at their fingertips to re-route the vessels that were waiting at the canal or other vessels they may have been able to re-position from somewhere else. There is no understating the significant impact that the Ever Given has in shutting down the Suez Canal, but it would have been much worse if it had happened even twenty years ago when the use of AIS data was limited to ship- to-ship collision avoidance, and commercial satellite broadband was not widely available or affordable.

AIS view of Ever Given, courtesy of ORBCOMM AIS partner Oceaneering

ORBCOMM launched the first commercial AIS satellites over a decade ago, and our industry-leading containers and ports solutions provide remote, refrigerated, multi-modal container systems to hundreds of thousands of containers globally. ORBCOMM is focused on continuing to illuminate the dark areas of the supply chain by developing and deploying the latest advancements in IoT technology.  Our next-generation OGx satellite technology, which uses Inmarsat’s L-band satellite network, as well our VDES consortium with Saab and AAC Clyde Space, are just two examples of how we will be delivering more robust and reliable global satellite connectivity in the world of maritime digitalization and optimization.

Another way ORBCOMM helps to fill those informational gaps is by partnering with trusted solution providers who deliver applications that enable shippers and operators to make the best-informed decisions about their maritime operations. The expertise of ORBCOMM’s partners, together with our global AIS data services and multi-modal container monitoring solutions, provide critical operational information to our maritime customers up and down the supply chain than any other industrial IoT ecosystem. We know that taking calculated risks such as waiting for a vessel to be unstuck in the Suez Canal, versus sending the vessel all the way around the Cape of Good Hope, is a decision that could put tens of millions of dollars at stake depending on the cargo, supporting the need for making ORBCOMM’s best-in-class satellite AIS services and IoT technology solutions an integral part of global maritime and shipping operations.

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Australian Fleet Telematics News: Booth Transport Looks to ORBCOMM to Enhance Fleet Visibility and Performance

In Australia, more operators are moving to ORBCOMM for fleet management. Our trailer, truck, reefer, tanker and container solutions – on one platform – are providing the innovative technology Australian transportation customers need to expand and grow their fleet.  

We recently announced that Booth Transport is working with ORBCOMM for advanced asset tracking and monitoring of its ISO tank containers, road tankers and chassis. Their configuration features a high-sensitivity solar panel with wired temperature sensors to gain complete visibility and control over their mixed fleet.  

This enables Booth Transport to monitor the temperature of dairy products in its ISO tanks and track its road tankers distributing wine and chassis transporting containers throughout Australia. With live and scheduled status updates, Booth can see whether their assets are in transit or in the yard, so they always know where their assets are located and if they are empty or loaded. This leads to improved turn times and yard management, while saving driving time and fuel. The data is also used to schedule asset maintenance and inspections, for increased utilization and performance.

Booth Transport

You can read the full news release here. Visit the Booth Transport website here.  

If you’re interested in finding out more about ORBCOMM telematics, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email us  

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5 Ways Cameras and Telematics Together can Enrich Your Fleet: Guide

It’s safe to say that updates in technology are changing the face of fleets. Thanks to telematics, fleet management has evolved quickly and efficiently. Software integrations create a secure connection to pair up fleet management tools for routing or transport management. The same can be said of the advances in camera technology. Our new guide aims to investigate how pairing telematics systems with camera technology can be a force for good for fleets.   

Download our new guide: 5 Reasons for Integrating Telematics and Camera Systems. 

What’s in this Guide?  

More fleets are seeing and availing of the benefits of having a camera in their vehicles. On its own, this video can help to exonerate drivers in the event of a collision. In an increasingly litigious environment, video can be the difference to a fleet’s survival if something goes wrong. The FMCSA says the average accident costs $91,000 while the average injury cost from accidents is $334,892.  

Smarter fleets are looking at the big picture. By adding camera footage to telematics data, fleet managers can proactively protect their drivers, their fleet, reduce insurance costs and unlock greater insights to deliver a safer business.  

Download our new guide to find out why integrating video to telematics can help protect drivers, enhance safety programs, reduce insurance costs, create a safer culture and more. Here’s a look at what’s inside.  

Exonerate Drivers 

The number one concern for fleets is its drivers. In the event of a collision, people do not always see each moment, or remember it accurately. The telematics system provides the background information, place and speed. Camera footage complements that by capturing the before, during and immediate aftermath, creating a virtual, indisputable witness.  

Increase Safety  

Camera footage when added to telematics data is a vital tool in any smart fleet manager’s arsenal. By combining the two, managers can potentially identify the cause of unsafe driving events like harsh braking and the context in which the event happened to improve awareness and accountability. Fleets can address these behaviors with drivers, reference specific instances and build trust with employees.  

Manage Litigation  

When it comes to understanding collisions, context is key. Video and telematics evidence can help clear ambiguity, or a dragged-out court process that ends in a “he said, she said” situation. See how video and telematics data help businesses mitigate risk and quickly address liability when a collision takes place.  

Reconstruct Accidents 

Get a full picture of any road incident. Easily reconstruct the full context of harsh driving or collision events, including internal and external factors—road conditions, weather, the position of the vehicle and driver involvement.   

Protect Against Staged Claims 

Staged collisions and “crash for cash” scams are, unfortunately, becoming more common. Telematics data combined with video allows for forensic analysis in the event of a collision, and irrefutable proof of who is at fault.  

If you’re ready to see the benefits of combining video with telematics data, download our guide. Or, to find out more about ORBCOMM’s IC 500 in-cab camera, with forward and inward-facing functionality, get in touch, you can request a demo here or email

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Canadian ELD Mandate FAQ – Penalties, Deadlines & Certification: Your Questions Answered

Canadian and cross-border fleetsand their driversare acutely aware of the fast-approaching Canadian ELD deadline. On June 12, 2021, Transport Canada will implement its ELD mandate.

Canadian ELD GuideAs part of our approach to ensuring a smooth transition, we recently took part in a webinar with the TCA (Truckload Carriers Association) on the fast-approaching Canadian ELD deadline. It became clear during that webinar that there are still a lot of questions that need answers. We put these to our ELD expert Scott Stofer to ensure you and your fleet remain compliant, avoid any hefty fines and keep drivers and trucks on the road in Canada beyond June 12, 2021.

Here, you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received on Canada’s ELD mandate. If you have any others, feel free to post them in the comments, or email them to

Here are some of the most common Canadian ELD questions answered

  1. If a driver uses paper logs in the U.S., can they also use them in Canada?
    If your fleet is eligible for the 160km Short Haul exemption and remains within 160 km of your home terminal, even if the terminal is in the U.S. You can use paper logs under the Canadian ELD short-haul exemption.

  2. Can drivers send PDF RODS and CSV files to an inspector via Bluetooth, USB, or another way?
    Email is the only delivery method required by Transport Canada. Providers can add USB and Bluetooth as options, but email is still a requirement.

  3. Will paper logs be accepted if an ELD malfunctions?
    Yes. Drivers will need to switch to paper logs and rebuild records for the last 14 full days plus the current day. In the event of a malfunction, an ELD will need to be replaced or repaired within 14 days. If it is not repaired or replaced, this could result in non-compliance.

  4. What are the main differences between Canada and the U.S. when it comes to enforcing the mandate?
    Canada has worked to harmonize its ELD regulations with the U.S. as much as possible to support smooth operations.

    Unlike the U.S., Canada is not offering a grandfather clause for compliance. On June 12, non-compliant fleets could face citations and fines or difficulties in entering Canada from the U.S. if they do not have a certified ELD. A “progressive enforcement plan” has been announced by Transport Canada, with new details to follow.

    In Canada, an ELD must give a 30-minute warning before a driver reaches their duty limit. In the U.S. there’s no requirement for this alert.
    In Canada, fleet managers must choose an ELD that is third-party certified by a Transport Canada-accredited certifying body. If a fleet has an ELD approved for the U.S., it does not automatically mean it can be used in Canada. Fleets, including those crossing the Canadian border, need to have an independently certified ELD before the deadline.

  5. Will U.S. motor carriers need to follow the Canadian ELD mandate rule or will Transport Canada accept an ELD that already complies with the U.S. rules?
    No, Transport Canada will not accept an ELD that only complies with the U.S. regulations. Once you cross the border, the Canadian mandate applies and the ELD must be certified in Canada.

  6. Will there be a grace period once the June 12th deadline rolls around?
    Transport Canada has indicated it will continue with the June 12th Canadian ELD deadline with early enforcement measures of “education and awareness.” On March 2, 2021, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said that a “progressive enforcement period” will be imposed to give the industry time to obtain and install certified ELDs. We anticipate more details on this plan to be released in the coming weeks.

  7. Will ELDs be available in French and English?
    There is currently no requirement for an ELD to offer French to achieve certification. If this is a requirement for your fleet, it is important to confirm with ELD providers that they offer Canadian French support.

    Our ELD for the United States is already available in Canadian French. Our Canadian ELD will also be available in French to facilitate dual-language fleets.

  8. Is third-party ELD certification permanent or is there an ongoing process to ensure vendors remain compliant?
    There is a formal process to maintain third-party certification. After an ELD is certified, it enters a surveillance period, with full recertification every four years. There is also a process for customers to report non-compliant ELDs.

  9. Are there specific rules in different provinces or territories?  Am I exempt if I only operate within a single province or territory?
    As of March 1, 2021, the provinces and territories have not issued their own set of rules regarding ELD compliance. The mandate applies to fleets operating under federal regulations and carriers operating within a single province do not require an ELD.

  10. Why is third-party certification required in Canada?
    In contrast to the U.S., where vendors can self-certify ELDs, Canada requires third-party certification. Third-party certification provides an extra layer of protection for drivers and carriers to ensure that an ELD meets all the requirements of the Canadian ELD Mandate.

    In November 2020, FPInnovations, a Canadian research center was accredited as the first third-party organization to certify ELDs. The group already has an active program providing third-party ELD certification in the U.S. for providers seeking to ensure the highest levels of compliance, of which ORBCOMM is certified.

    ORBCOMM has initiated the certification process for Canadian ELD. You can find the latest information regarding the Canadian ELD Mandate 2021 here.

  11. Where can you see what devices are certified in Canada?  
    Transport Canada will update its site with approved ELDs once they are certified by an accredited body. You can see the list here.  

For more information on the Canadian ELD mandate and what it means for you and your fleet, we have some options...

Learn more about our Canadian ELD solution, or speak to a Canadian ELD expert today at

Catch up on our webinar with TCA, for the full picture of Canadian ELD
Beyond Borders: What Canadian ELD means for Regional and Cross-border fleets.

Download our transition guide
Canadian ELD Mandate: The Definitive Deadline Transition Guide.

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Helping Keelings Keep its Cool with Refrigerated Transportation: Case Study

Truck Telematics“Things like live temperature tracking, Tacho, Working Hours Analysis, the Critical Events. These are useful and I can see it all at the click of a button.” – Dermot Byrne, National Transport Manager with Keelings Retail U.C.

Download our latest case study to find out how Keelings Retail U.C. leverages ORBCOMM telematics to ensure the integrity of perishable goods and on-time deliveries across Ireland.

Keelings Retail U.C. is an Irish fruit and vegetable grower and distributor. Supplying fresh produce to the Irish retail sector, the company delivers fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and plants daily. A fully family-owned business, Keelings Retail U.C. has worked with ORBCOMM telematics to ensure on-time deliveries and efficient management of its fleet.

Helping Keelings Keep Their Cool

With strict rules governing the transport and control of fresh fruit and vegetables, ORBCOMM technology is in near-constant use by the Keelings team to ensure the quality and integrity of its refrigerated assets from farm to shop.

ORBCOMM temperature monitoring technology checks variations and tolerances to ensure the quality of refrigerated loads from their origin to their destination. The solution includes configurable alarms that report condition changes, major temperature variations from set points, rapid fuel loss, arrivals/departures from geofences and more.

Ensuring On-Time Deliveries

Geofencing is vital for Keelings to ensure they maintain timely deliveries. Geofencing effectively draws a line around an area such as a yard or retail delivery point and can trigger an alert or message when a vehicle passes through. For Keelings, this use case gives peace of mind to transport managers, who receive confirmation by email when a vehicle has arrived at its destination.

Examining Driver Performance Scoring

Drivers are the lifeblood of any trucking or transportation service and Keelings is no different. In working with ORBCOMM for over a decade, the team at Keelings is harnessing real value in monitoring driver performance scoring and using the data to improve safety and fuel efficiency.

Driver performance scoring monitors drivers in categories like harsh braking, harsh acceleration, over-revving and hard cornering. The system gives drivers a score of A, B, or C. The A grade refers to safe and efficient driving habits, while the C grade suggests room for improvement. The data that flows through the system enables Keelings to promote a better, safer, and more efficient driver workforce. Byrne says, “quarterly we sit down with drivers and go through their performance scores. We have definitely seen improvements in driver safety and compliance in using the system.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about ORBCOMM telematics, we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email us or chat live now.

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AF Blakemore’s Fresh Take on Driver Performance Scoring: Case Study

“Anticipation and coasting are two of the things that drive MPG, so we are focusing on those. Because they are the ones that bring pound notes back into the business.” – Dave Higgs, Group Logistics Compliance Manager with AF Blakemore. 

In 2020, UK-based food distributor AF Blakemore set up a new driver performance scoring programme to effectively address driving habits in their transportation business. By incorporating a programme of data capture, monitoring, reviewing and a straightforward scoring system, the family-run business has seen significant improvements in driver safety and fuel economy.  

ORBCOMM’s driver performance scoring has been a crucial aspect of this. Performance scoring monitors how each driver is operating the vehicle from week-to-week and identifies areas where improvements can be made. 

Download the case study now to read in-depth about how AF Blakemore uses ORBCOMM’s system to improve driver performance across its fleet.  

ORBCOMM’s driver performance scoring enables fleet managers to monitor driving through a straightforward traffic light system, green, amber, or red system. The system monitors driving behaviours in multiple categories like harsh cornering, harsh braking, over speeding, use of cruise control and idling. Each driver is then assigned a score of green, amber or red. The findings mean that managers can open a dialogue with drivers.  

Digging into Data

The information is used by the team at AF Blakemore to encourage good driving behaviours, identify areas for individual improvement and where further training may be required. The company monitors drivers by depot and, overall, across the business. By using performance scoring data, the company saw a steady increase in drivers achieving a green status, lifting from 30% to 50%. The drivers in the red category, where behaviours are riskier and inefficient dropped from 20% to 10%.

Enhancing Driver Performance 

AF Blakemore uses the information delivered through driver performance scoring to compare performance across their depots. One success story is their Talbot Green Depot. At the start of the programme in January 2020, 21% of drivers were scored in green. By October 2020, this number had grown to 100% of drivers achieving a green score.

Engaging with Drivers on Fuel Economy 

Fuel performance and improving MPG were significant areas of focus when AF Blakemore introduced the programme. In monitoring MPG as part of the driver performance programme, the company can see the economic impacts of specific driving habits, such as harsh braking or idling and address those with drivers directly.

Open Communications with Drivers 

As Dave Higgs, Group Logistics Compliance Manager, with AF Blakemore explains in further detail in the case study, the driver performance data is not about criticising drivers, but opening a dialogue with them and helping them to improve. Each week the team at AF Blakemore reviews driver performance data. Higgs says they use the scores to talk to their drivers, “You know, drivers come in and say, I’m driving this vehicle as best I can, and we can say, no, you’re not. But it’s just a matter of speaking to them.” 

If you would like to learn more about ORBCOMM’s driver performance scoring or any of our telematics solutions, download the full case study, or get in touch today for a demo

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Canadian ELD Webinar: What the ELD Mandate Means for Canadian and U.S. Cross-Border Fleets

Free Live Webinar Hosted by the TCA
Beyond Borders: What the Canadian ELD Mandate Means to Regional and Cross-Border Fleets
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern

canadian-eld-mandate-webinarThe Canadian ELD mandate is fast-approaching. Will your fleet be ready when these new regulations take effect? On June 12, 2021, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will roll out across Canada, ushering out the era of paper logs and making it mandatory for drivers to manage their hours electronically.

Join ORBCOMM for this informative and engaging TCA-hosted webinar, as we explore the mandate and what the implications are for fleets operating in Canada and on both sides of the border. Learn from company experts and understand the key differences between the Canadian and U.S. ruling, why third-party-certified ELD devices are so important, and what it takes to remain compliant in cross-border fleet operations to avoid hefty fines and keep your drivers on the road.

Key Takeaways:

  • Third-party device certification and other crucial differences between the U.S. and Canadian ELD mandate
  • Regulation differences and nuances across the provinces
  • Lessons learned from the implementation and deployment in the U.S.
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Who Should Attend?

This webinar is a must attend for Owners; CEOs; COOs; operations, safety officers, compliance officers, driver trainers, fleet managers, dispatch supervisors, device maintenance managers, IT project managers, human resources personnel, and anyone involved in fleet safety and compliance.


Scott Stofer
Director, Product Management, ORBCOMM
Scott Stofer is the Director of Product Management at ORBCOMM, where he’s responsible for the product lifecycle of fleet safety solutions, as well as ELD mandate and hours-of-service compliance for the US and Canada. Scott has over 10 years of IoT and Telematics experience, including web and mobile software development, as well as the design and deployment of wireless networks for data collection. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

To learn more about reliable Canadian ELD solutions, schedule a demo or email

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Vessel Tracking: Falcon Mega Solutions Making Seas Safe and Secure for Vessels and their Crew

The open seas have become increasingly dangerous for vessels. Instances of hijackings, kidnappings and piracy episodes are increasing. According to the ICC International Maritime Bureau, there was an increase in piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas in the first nine months of 2020. Between January and September 2020, there were 132 attacks, up from 119 at the same time last year.

vessel tracking with satelliteIn response, ship owners rely more and more on innovative technologies to protect their crew and vessels. Satellite IoT technology in vessel tracking and remote monitoring and control is a key component in the fight against piracy and in ensuring the safety and security of the crew, the ship and the goods on board.

Zurich reports that piracy and maritime terrorism cost as much as $12 bn per year in the world’s oceans.

ORBCOMM works with partners to deliver best-in-class IoT solutions to support the maritime industry’s measures to protect their crew and vessels. One of these companies is Pakistan-based Falcon Mega Solutions (FMS), which provides maritime security, remote asset monitoring, tracking and surveillance to ship owners, security companies, marine and fishing industries worldwide. FMS works with ORBCOMM as a Value Added Reseller. We spoke with FMS to discuss their MAT and SSAS solutions, the working relationship between FMS and ORBCOMM, and the value the two companies bring to asset tracking and visibility.

Working Together for Enhanced Maritime Security

Established in 2012, FMS has grown to become a leading service provider of state-of-the-art tracking, monitoring and security solutions for offshore, marine and fishing industries. Serving 1,500 vessels across 250 customers, the company is committed to maritime security, asset monitoring and vessel tracking in Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Working with ORBCOMM’s hardware, connectivity and support portals, FMS offers a range of versatile and reliable satellite technology-based solutions that empower their customers to track, monitor and manage their vessels worldwide seamlessly. FMS has developed maritime-specific tracking and monitoring systems, with three specific solutions for Marine Asset Tracking, Ship Security Alert Systems and E-mail. 

Solutions for Maritime Safety

For marine asset tracking, FMS offers Track by Distance, power monitoring, V-mail software, route planning and Falcon Mega Track (FMT), a web-based application for increased visibility of business operations, enhanced efficiency, and greater safety and security of vessels and boats. The FMT web-based platform provides customers with full tracking, monitoring and control of their fleet. FMT’s route planning feature creates the preferred route and geofences on a map and assigns vessels to the route, to provide progress reports and ETAs, improving vessel utilization and customer service. Time-based tracking monitors vessels and reports their position after a specific time interval. Distance-based vessel tracking uses an ORBCOMM satellite (IsatData Pro) terminal to send automatic position reports, security alerts and warning by email and SMS if a vessel deviates from the route.

FMS’s Ship Security Alert Systems (SSAS) leverages ORBCOMM’s satellite IoT solutions to deliver discrete security alerts of the ship’s location and status. FMS’s SSAS products, the FMT-SSAS-V1 and FMT-SSAS-V2, are advanced ship security alert systems using ORBCOMM’s ST 6100 and IDP 800 satellite terminals, with global satellite connectivity over the IsatData Pro network. Featuring panic buttons and power packs, SSAS alerts ship owners by email and SMS in an emergency or if the boat is under attack by pirates.

FMS’s unique V-Mail solution gives vessels access to send and receive short email messages through MAT and SSAS terminals, as a low-cost satellite email solution and full email functionality through any internet connection available. Using data compression to reduce the size of emails, it reduces the cost of email at sea and can enhance routine and emergency communications.

Customer Use Case: The Oil & Gas Industry

FMS works with ship owners, security companies and the marine and fishing industry to deliver state-of-the-art tracking monitoring and security. Since 2013, FMS has provided an oil and gas company with a reliable SSAS and a complete fleet management solution for their 19 oil tankers and five tugs. The security-conscious organization required two SSAS devices: a primary tracker for general use and a second discreet device for covert security.

The oil and gas company selected FMT-SSAS-V1 with ORBCOMM’s ST 6100 as the primary SSAS, required by the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). The secondary, discreet device they use is the FMT-SSAS-V2. An IDP unit with an internal battery, the device ensures the system keeps running in the event of a piracy attack or other emergency. With additional features such as graph view on map, flexible notification settings, tide reports, geofencing, route planning and weather calculations, it has worked well for the organization.   

Working Together

ORBCOMM and FMS have a tightly integrated working relationship, partnering on engineering and installation, upgrades and customer service. Shakeel Tariq from FMS says the partnership is built on shared values. “We are proud to work with a market leader in the IoT space like ORBCOMM. Combining our expertise has helped our core business of marine, ship and fixed asset tracking to grow. The connectivity and hardware on offer from ORBCOMM are second-to-none.”

A new development in the past year is that FMS now offers its vessel tracking platform on a “Software as a Service” basis. ORBCOMM’s hardware is integrated with FMT to provide vessel tracking, monitoring and V-mail support at a low fixed monthly cost per vessel.

ORBCOMM solutions are available globally directly and through our best-in-class value-added resellers (VARs) and solution providers. We work to combine the expertise of our industry partners with input from all stakeholders to adapt our range of industrial IoT solutions for a global audience. To learn more about ORBCOMM’s work with solution providers like Falcon Mega Solutions, please visit our partnership page or email us

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ELD Update: FMCSA Request for Comment on Yard Move Guidance

The FMCSA has posted a notification to the Federal Registry seeking comment regarding a proposed update and clarification of the use of Yard Move. When the FMCSA published the ELD Mandate it did not specifically define a Yard or the proper use of the Yard Move special indicator within the ELD Mandate. Instead, it deferred to HOS regulations under 395.1 Subpart A to address Yard Moves. Since that time only minimal guidance has been provided by way of 395.2 Definitions Guidance

Canadian ELD GuideThe FMCSA current proposal is aimed at broadening the existing guidance to provide examples of what qualifies for a Yard Move and what does not. This update would be posted as an update to Question 9 of the 395.2 Definition Guidance.

The posting as well as the link to provide comment can be found at

ORBCOMM will be reviewing and will formulate relevant comments to the proposal. We also encourage customers to provide any relevant comments to the FMCSA regarding this topic. Should you wish to comment, we also encourage you to copy your ORBCOMM Account Manager, and copy me at, so that we can consider your feedback in context of improving the product to make it serve your needs even better in the future.

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