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October 26th, 2015

Globalstar's Tiny STX3 Chipset Does A Yeoman's Job As Ovinto + SABIC Monitor Hazardous Chemicals In European Trains 

[Satnews] Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) that provides satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, and Ovinto, Globalstar’s partner specializing in wireless solutions, today announced that a major global supplier of petrochemicals, SABIC, is to equip its entire European fleet of 500 rail tank cars with Ovinto Sat M2M satellite-based tracking and monitoring technology. The company uses its European fleet of rail tank cars to transport chemicals. ATEX-certified Ovinto Sat uses Globalstar’s satellite network and STX3 chipset, the lowest power consuming device in its class on the market.

The Ovinto Sat solution, and integrating Globalstar technology, SABIC has improved its tracking and monitoring to be more efficient, accurate, and timely to ensure its rail tank cars carrying chemical materials reach their destinations safe, sound and on time. Additionally, the new technology is helping SABIC to optimize its supply chain operations and to enhance partner relationships. 

Because Ovinto Sat relies on Globalstar’s next generation LEO satellite constellation, SABIC benefits from the network’s reliability and reach to obtain timely, accurate information about the status of every asset in its fleet.

This helps ensure that SABIC as well as other stakeholders have immediate access to data in order to act more speedily and efficiently. Meanwhile, SABIC is able to track each vehicle on its journey in real-time so it can have an accurate understanding of delivery times. This enables SABIC to immediately know whether a rail tank car has been loaded or unloaded or is ready to be redeployed. Ovinto Sat supports SABIC in its constant focus on safety and to maximize the value and efficiency of its assets.

“SABIC is a major provider of petrochemicals with customers who use our chemicals and plastics for many different applications. One of the transportation means we use is our fleet of rail tank cars. Keeping track of a large fleet of these cars, dispersed all over Europe, is crucial," said Judith Kleinen, Category Manager Land Transport & Spot Shipping Supply Chain, Chemicals at SABIC. “Our rail tank cars contain all sorts of materials, it is absolutely critical that we have the ability to track and monitor the status of the rail tank cars and their contents at all times.”

“Thanks to Ovinto Sat and Globalstar, we are in an even better position to service our customers and suppliers and all the other stakeholders in the supply chain in order to get the materials they need when they need them and to be assured that our fleet is being used as efficiently as possible,” she concluded.

The ATEX Ovinto Sat solution provides oil, gas and chemical industry customers with details about cargo being transported and its condition, including pressure and temperature, whether it is in the correct location, or has been impacted due to a crash or derailment. Satellite is the preferred option for such communications due to its availability, reliability and low power consumption compared to GSM.

At the heart of Ovinto Sat is Globalstar’s low power, tiny STX3 chipset. Since it is battery powered, Ovinto Sat enables customers to monitor hazardous materials in unpowered environments including rail tank cars and tank containers. Because of its very low power consumption, the Ovinto Sat battery can last up to eight years. Ovinto Sat collates data from various sensors and GPS in each of SABIC’s rail tank cars and sends it securely by satellite to the customer headquarters at regular user-defined intervals. 

STX3-Satellite Transmitter

“SABIC’s choice to install Ovinto Sat in all if its rail tank car fleet in Europe is a strong endorsement of the solution and its ability to reliably monitor remote assets wherever they may be,” said Corry Brennan, Simplex Regional Sales Manager, EMEA, at Globalstar. “When materials are being transported across Europe it is critical that the location of assets be always known, but also whether those assets and their contents face risks. Only satellite can deliver continuous, reliable, power-efficient connectivity with these assets in order to ensure safety but also to help maximise operational efficiencies.”

Frederick Ronse, Ovinto CEO, commented: “To ensure efficient and reliable transportation of chemical materials across vast distances, uninterrupted monitoring is critical - relying on GSM alone simply cannot guarantee this connectivity. Now, not only will SABIC be able to know exactly where their assets are, they can help ensure these assets are performing better and being used efficiently.”