Orbcomm launches new modems for integrators, resellers

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.

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.

The OG2-M includes an “on-board three-axis accelerometer and built-in GPS”, says Orbcomm, while both feature single, wide-range power supply input, offering greater flexibility to product designers.

The modems also use industry-standard PCI Express interfaces so they can easily be integrated in a broad range of M2M applications.

Orbcomm has also crated a developer’s kit for the new modems, which is intended to reduce development time and speed up the deployment of services.

The satellite player says OEMs can use the kit to validate the modem’s compatibility with their existing applications and to benchmark modem and network performance.

Quake Global (San Diego, CA, USA) – a long-standing partner of Orbcomm and manufacturer of asset-tracking modems – is also offering a full suite of devices that will support communications on the OG1 and OG2 satellite networks.

Quake’s devices are aimed prinicipally at customers in the heavy equipment, transportation and oil and gas industries.

“The commercial availability of these modems is an exciting next step in preparation for our upcoming OG2 satellite launch and further demonstrates Orbcomm’s commitment to maintaining our market leadership in the global M2M space through continued innovation,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive. “Our new modems, which are 100% backwards compatible, will offer our customers immediate improvements in performance and coverage with our current OG1 network, and further improvements in these areas upon the launch of our powerful next-generation OG2 satellites commencing this spring.”