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.
Satellite player SpeedCast says it has opened a new maritime facility in Singapore as part of its global expansion.
The new facility is to focus on the delivery of services and support for the maritime market and will augment the company’s extensive network in the region, said SpeedCast in a statement.
SpeedCast provides a variety of services to maritime customers, including a VSAT service branded SeaCast that will support broadband connections on ships and also facilitate the use of remote M2M sensing.
Satellite and M2M specialist Orbcomm has acquired Euroscan Holdings in a bid to boost its presence in Europe’s transportation and heavy equipment sectors.
Euroscan (Hoensbroek, Netherlands) develops systems to monitor compliance with regulations on refrigerated transportation temperatures and serves customers in the global food and pharmaceuticals industries.
Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) said the terms of the acquisition would be made available in forthcoming public filings, but it expects the takeover will strengthen its portfolio of services.
M2M Zone exhibitors gathered at this week’s CeBIT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany unveiled details of some exciting new products and services, while others provided updates on their strategies for addressing the ever-expanding M2M opportunity. Below we provide summaries of the main announcements.
Satellite players LightSquared and ViaSat have teamed up to provide a managed mobile satellite service designed to support M2M, vehicular and aviation devices used in a range of settings.
The companies say the service will combine the power of LightSquared’s (Reston, VA, USA) SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite with all-IP satellite technology from ViaSat.
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.