SkyWave introduces new series of dual mode satellite-cellular terminals

SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of wireless data communications for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, last week announced the introduction of the new IDP-780 series of terminals with dual mode satellite-cellular capability.



SkyWave Mobile Communications, a provider of wireless data communications for the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market, last week announced the introduction of the new IDP-780 series of terminals with dual mode satellite-cellular capability.


Building on SkyWave‘s previous dual mode solution, the IDP-780 terminal offers an extended satellite pay-load and dual SIM capability. The IDP-780 combines IsatData Pro satellite communication with cellular service for mobile asset tracking, logistics and security applications.  These terminals use cellular networks when and where available and are able to automatically switch to the IsatData Pro satellite service when cellular service is unavailable or unreliable, providing lowest cost communications without sacrificing coverage, says SkyWave (Ontario, Canada).


According to a SkyWave spokesperson, the lower cost relates to the legacy cost of satellite.  With this new solution, the technology has evolved to a price point that is more affordable compared to other like solutions in the market. 


“It is fashioned similar to cellular plans where you pay a fee for usage/minutes, etc.,” says the spokesperson.


“Many of our existing satellite-only terminals are deployed in a hybrid format today with a third party cellular device. Our latest generation dual mode simplifies and accelerates the customer experience with an integrated view of what’s happening in the field in real time,” said Jenn Markey, director of Product Management and Marketing at SkyWave.


The IDP-780 supports a Lua programming environment that provides customers the ability to develop their own on-board applications. It also has embedded GPS, multiple input/outputs, serial interfaces, dual SIM, last gasp battery option and is CANbus enabled to support a wide range of applications such as vehicle tracking, sensor and driver behavior monitoring and engine telemetry.


Finally, the IDP-780 can be deployed with peripherals that connect to external laptops or tablets to increase mobile workforce connectivity and automation with electronic work orders and access to information in databases for field workers, says the company. With the ability to provide richer information in M2M applications, businesses are able to share more data across diverse operations via emails, electronic forms, ERP/CRM integration, and workflow documents to optimize recurring cost while increasing the reliability of communicated information.