Globalstar has announced the launch of its newest M2M/IoT satellite device, SmartOne Solar, a low maintenance and intelligent IoT device that provides remote monitoring and tracking over the Globalstar satellite network. Fixed and movable assets such as rail tank cars, containers, heavy equipment and vehicle fleets can be remotely monitored and tracked, even when beyond the reach of other communications networks.
Powered with solar-rechargeable batteries, SmartOne Solar can deliver over eight years of serviceable life and low maintenance. The device will operate continuously for many months while reporting twice a day without the need for exposure to sunlight.
As part of a line of satellite-based data products, SmartOne Solar is designed to meet the M2M needs of businesses in industries such as oil and gas, transportation and logistics, mining, forestry, utilities and commercial maritime with critical data monitoring and remote asset management needs.
“There is an exponential growth in M2M markets worldwide fuelled by demand for affordable, reliable IoT data solutions that help businesses monitor, manage and automate collection of data from remote assets. SmartOne Solar is part of a line of products designed to help our customers affordably streamline remote M2M and IoT operations over our modern and fast satellite network,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Globalstar. “In developing the technology that powers SmartOne Solar, we partnered with Carmanah, a leader in solar manufacturing with a global reputation for developing dependable industrial solutions that perform in some of the world’s harshest environments.”
“Carmanah was able to apply many of our core strengths when developing this product: using rugged materials and reliable enclosures to withstand extreme environmental conditions, designing efficient PV and charging circuitry, optimising power management firmware, and applying insolation simulations that balance energy generation and consumption,” said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO.