[SatNews] Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT), now has an agreement with Spanish technology and fleet tracking solutions specialist FAGOR Electrónica, S. Coop to deliver a satellite tracking solution for the trucking industry.
The solution is being distributed and deployed though Skytracking, Fagor’s authorized distributor for Columbia. FAGOR selected Globalstar’s SmartOne for the satellite technology underpinning the new solution to help transportation companies monitor and track their fleet of vehicles even when they are outside GSM range. The solution reports the precise location of the vehicle, including when in remote areas, and also provides details about engine time usage and total mileage.
The compact, robust SmartOne provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere. The SmartOne features a vibration sensor that alerts owners to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft. The device can dynamically report engine runtime and monitor faults, both of which can significantly enhance operating efficiency. Since the launch of SmartOne in 2012, over 150,000 units have been shipped and used across multiple industry sectors including multimodal, aviation, alternative energy and military customers.
The innovative FAGOR-Globalstar solution leverages hybrid technologies, said Ernesto Pérez, Overseas Distribution Manager at FAGOR. “When the vehicle moves out of GSM range, satellite transmissions automatically take over. We believe that this combination of complementary technologies delivers maximum reach, reliability and cost efficiency.”
“This market has huge growth potential,” said Corry Brennan, Globalstar’s Simplex Regional Sales Manager – EMEA. “Governments are eager to have more transparency in the transport industry, and there is an increase in regulations that cargo-carrying vehicles have trackers installed. The Globalstar network delivers the reliability and reach to help transport companies more closely monitor their fleets across the continent.”