A highly versatile T2M-DUAL IoT/M2M solution from Thuraya was announced for both fixed and mobile assets. The system operates on both satellite M2M and cellular networks making it the only dual-mode tracking and monitoring solution with the widest choice of connectivity over Satellite, including Satellite Messaging, GmPRS IP Data and Circuit Switched 9.6 data.
Thuraya T2M-DUAL provides ease of integration to applications that are usually more complex to monitor and manage. The terminal’s solutions are ideal for large scale mobile operations in sectors such as transportation, government, energy and utilities, agri-tech, hydro environment and mining, and the automated network mode selection based on least cost routing is a positive factor.
Chief Commercial Officer, Shawkat Ahmed sheds further light saying that for a terminal of its class, Thuraya T2M-DUAL does a lot. Firstly, it can gauge and continually monitor events within and out of cellular networks. As a result, operators are able to make decisions and deployments seamlessly, amplifying operational efficiency. Secondly, it can help track and manage assets — fixed and mobile — across distances and borders, thus ensuring constant safety of persons and property. Their data plans backed by the pooling option, make the T2M-DUAL all the more attractive, because users have to contend with only predictable costs. With the demand for multi-functional IoT solutions soaring, and the satellite IoT/M2M market tipped to reach US$2.5 billion by 2023, they foresee excellent opportunities for such cost-effective, flexible solutions.
Thuraya T2M-DUAL provides three independent modes of operation. On tracker mode, it relays CANbus, GPS or I/O data from moving entities. When assets are fixed or deployed, the terminal can also be used in logger or modem mode to interface with data loggers to exchange vital information from remote sites. Launched in early 2018, the T2M-DUAL has generated a lot of customer interest due to its adaptiveness. Aside from cost-controlled automated network selection, Thuraya's original features remain such as geo-fencing, internal battery backup, robust design, location and sensor data capture. Besides the T2M-DUAL, Thuraya’s IoT/M2M portfolio consists of FT2225 and IP M2M service offerings that enable lite IP and high throughput applications respectively. Thuraya Telecommunications Company is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat).
Thuraya’s L-band satellite network is less susceptible to disruptions and doesn't suffer from high signal loss common to high frequencies providing reliable services even in unstable weather conditions. Its low frequency range is ideal for IoT applications like fleet management, remote tracking and monitoring of mobile assets. The L-band has a wider beam width, therefore doesn't require an expensive antenna with accurate directionality that is mandatory for higher bands. As a result, Thuraya’s services are easier to process and require only low cost Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, resulting in both operational and financial savings.