Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar, has announced that specialist reseller Traksat has deployed over 1,200 Globalstar-enabled safety and tracking devices for humanitarian organisations internationally.
NGO Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is deploying Spot Gen3 satellite messengers and SmartOne Solar IoT tracking devices for relief workers and operations in several African nations, as well as in South America.
New York-headquartered International Rescue Committee uses Spot Gen3s in numerous African countries to safeguard and track relief workers. ACTED is similarly using Spot Gen3s in Niger.
The number of Traksat-provided Globalstar devices being used to support humanitarian efforts has doubled in the last 12 months.
In Traksat’s longest-standing project, over 250 devices enabled by Globalstar satellite technology are providing staff security and supporting vehicle management for Humanity & Inclusion’s humanitarian workers in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), CAR (Central African Republic), Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, as well as in Colombia.
Nobel-Prize winner HI is an independent organisation that supports disabled and vulnerable people to help them meet their basic needs, improve living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
With the combination of Globalstar technology, enabled by its fleet of Low-Earth Orbit satellites, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Traksat platform, NGOs can benefit from a wide range of capabilities to support worker safety and other operational requirements.
Over 10 different mapping options can be chosen with Traksat, along with specific map layers with additional live detail on traffic, wind, weather and occurrence of natural disasters.
Geo-fencing options include alerts when two or more trackers are in the same predefined radius or when one tracker is moving away from the others. This is particularly useful to secure a convoy of cars, for example, or get a notification when a group of people are gathering at the same location. The system can also raise an alert should the user inadvertently travel beyond a pre-designated area.
“Globalstar technology and expert support from Traksat together play a big part in helping us meet our security and fleet management challenges,” said Emmanuel Bertolus, Logistics Manager at Humanity & Inclusion. “Our teams work in extremely varied and challenging contexts. Reliable, economical Globalstar technology, together with the wide-ranging expertise and responsiveness of Traksat, help us to consider geolocation as a key operational asset and never as a constraint.”
“Workers in NGOs such as HI often face desperate situations as they deliver support and emergency relief around the world,” said Pierre Laporte, Traksat founder and Managing Director. “Providing these incredibly dedicated people with reliable, powerful technology that helps them stay safe and operate more efficiently, while we continuously innovate to deliver more new capabilities, is a role and a commitment we take very seriously.”
Mark O’Connell, Globalstar EMEA General Manager, added: “We are extremely proud to work with Traksat to support Humanity and Inclusion’s workers, and those at other NGOs, as they strive to help communities devastated by crises, both natural and man-made.”