SkyWave (Ottawa, Canada), an Inmarsat-based satellite solution provider, is exhibiting at CeBIT 2011 this week and showcasing their dual-mode SureLinx 8100 M2M module. The system reduces operational costs by intelligently delivering data messages using the lowest-cost message routing: cellular frequencies when in range of terrestrial networks, and satellite service in other areas.
According to a representative, SureLinx is useful for fleet tracking, trucking, marine applications, and oil or gas pipelines, to name only a few potential applications. In at least one case study, modules were connected to vehicle engine control units to monitor not only driver location, but driver behavior, such as hard breaking or fast acceleration.
SkyWave does not interact with end-users but, in the two years SureLinx has been available, the company has felt a strong market reaction. At CeBIT, the company hopes to reach new customers for their proven product.
Inmarsat, the satellite network controller, is part owner of SkyWave, and the company credits them with part of their success. Representatives cite Inmarsat's total global coverage as a strong advantage, as well as the controller's proficiency with monitoring and overall reliability.
The SureLinx 8100 transceiver element clocks in at only 244 grams, while the satellite antenna weighs only 379 grams.