Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched a new M2M asset tracking and monitoring device that is the first “self-powered” terminal it has developed.
The company says the device – the GT 1100 – is aimed at a variety of global markets, including the transportation and logistics, heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors.
A so-called “ruggedized” device, the GT 1100 has been designed to fit between indented spacing on intermodal containers and is also suited to tracking and monitoring trailers and other types of cargo assets.
It uses solar recharging technology for low power consumption, which Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) says works well for tracking and monitoring other remote unpowered assets, such as construction and mining equipment.
The GT 1100 can also support both cellular and satellite communications and move seamlessly between the two.
Orbcomm says it will be offered initially with cellular communications capability and is set to become commercially available in the third quarter of 2013.
The commercial unveiling of the satellite and dual-mode versions of the GT 1100 will be timed to coincide with Orbcomm’s OG2 next-generation constellation launch.
"Based on the strong demand in both domestic and global markets for a flexible, cost-effective and reliable M2M solution, we see a tremendous opportunity for ORBCOMM to leverage its 14 years of industry expertise,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive. “While most solutions limit asset visibility to one or two views per day, this innovative solution gives you many daily reports.”
The GT 1100 also features a web-based software application called CargoWatch that provides near-real-time essential alerts on asset status, location and history to fleet and operations managers.