The two conference sessions addressed questions about enterprise applications in the exploding field of M2M, or the Internet of Things. Moderated by Beecham Research CEO Robin Duke-Woolley, the sessions covered topics such as Long Term Connectivity, Small Vs Large Deployments, and Customer Service.
Australia’s Pivotel Group has become a partner of Inmarsat for the distribution of satellite-based M2M services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under the tie-up, Pivotel (Southport, Australia) will begin to offer Inmarsat’s (London, UK) L-band M2M services – including IsatData Pro and BGAN M2M – to its customers in the Asia-Pacific.
Satellite M2M specialist Orbcomm has launched a new set of modems aimed at systems integrators and resellers targeting the transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, oil and gas and government markets.
Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) said the modems are “100%” backwards-compatible with its current OG1 satellite network and are the first devices that will support OG2 services when the new constellation becomes available in spring 2014.
The company is offering two versions of the new modem – the OG2-M and the OG2-GPS.
M2M player Raco Wireless is to distribute fleet-management services from satellite operator Inmarsat in the Latin American market.
The MVNO has announced that it will support Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro fleet-management services, allowing customers to benefit from both satellite and terrestrial connectivity.
Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) says it will integrate the service into its Omega Management Suite (OMS) – a cloud-based dashboard that includes tools for device management.
Satellite player Globalstar claims to have introduced the world’s lowest power-consuming satellite network chipset, saying the technology is ideally suited to a broad range of M2M devices and applications, including remote monitoring and tracking.
Because it is so energy-efficient, the STX3 – as it is called – is likely to be in demand among customers whose monitoring devices are used in remote and harsh environments.
Satellite and M2M player Orbcomm has expanded its presence in the Canadian market through a deal with mobile operator Rogers.
The tie-up will see the two companies jointly market the availability of Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) range of asset tracking and monitoring services over Rogers’ (Toronto, Canada) cellular network.
Having won approval as a Rogers Supported Reseller, Orbcomm says it plans to target customers in Canada’s transportation and distribution, heavy equipment, and oil and gas industries.
Australian M2M device maker M2M Connectivity has taken the wraps off a new satellite data modem aimed at the asset-tracking market.
Its Quake Q-Pro modem is designed to support tracking and data services on cellular and satellite technology, and operates on the Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation.
M2M Connectivity (Melbourne, Australia) says the Quake Q-Pro modem will support two-way data messaging over Inmarsat’s (London, UK) IsatData Pro network and using terrestrial cellular technology.
LightSquared is proposing a new bankruptcy exit plan with financing from Fortress Investment Group and other backers, as the U.S. wireless communications company seeks to avoid a sale to highest bidder Dish Network Corp.
Wireless service provider Sprint Corp and satellite television company Dish Network Corp said they will jointly develop a trial wireless service in Texas, in an apparent sign of improving relations between the companies.
Dish (Meridian, CO, USA) has been seeking a partnership with an established mobile operator to help it enter the wireless market. However, its efforts earlier this year to buy Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) failed after a bitter public battle with Japan's SoftBank Corp (Tokyo), now the owner of 80 percent of Sprint.
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.