SkyWave and FMS flag maritime-tracking tie-up

Satellite developer SkyWave has announced a tie-up with Falcon Mega Solutions (FMS) under which its terminals will be used to support tracking services in the maritime sector.

FMS (Kasur, Pakistan) is to use SkyWave’s (Ottawa, Canada) IDP-800 satellite terminals to support its range of fleet-management and vessel-tracking solutions.

The terminals are designed to work in particularly harsh environments and can withstand extremely low and high temperatures, as well as “sea-water spray”.

FMS says the design of the terminals means they can easily be fitted on vessels.

“We were among the first to take part in the beta testing of IDP-800 and we found it a perfect unit for M2M solutions,” said F Sher, chief executive of FMS. “In tests at our workshop and on board various vessels in intense marine environments, we found IDP-800 to be a highly reliable, robust and flexible device that meets any M2M solution, especially vessel remote monitoring.”

According to SkyWave, end users can power the terminals using non-rechargeable batteries, rechargeable batteries or vehicle power.

Terminals are designed to use AA batteries to supply either the main power source or as backup, says SkyWave, and a magnetic switch can turn off the terminal to prolong the life of the battery.

“This is the only global trailer tracking terminal using a satellite constellation with a life beyond 2020,” said Sher. “Combined with the flexible battery options, this solution offers exceptional ROI over the long-term.”

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