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Orbcomm launches new satellite as an accessory for asset tracking devices

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David Sickels is the Senior Editor of Fleet Equipment. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Orbcomm Inc. has launched a new satellite as an accessory offering, which adds two-way, global satellite connectivity to Orbcomm’s cellular asset tracking and monitoring devices, including new installs and currently fielded units, to create dual-mode capability for its transportation solutions.

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Orbcomm says its satellite as an accessory features a satellite modem integrated with an antenna to provide backup satellite connectivity where cellular networks are unavailable or unreliable, including areas with high network congestion.

Orbcomm’s low-profile peripheral can also be utilized with fielded devices impacted by the sunset of 3G cellular networks to extend the device’s lifecycle with satellite connectivity, ensure reliable communications and maximize the long-term return on investment, the company says. The environmentally sealed product can be installed through a plug and play connection on mobile assets, such as refrigerated trailers, dry vans, light and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and rail cars. The accessory allows messages to be sent during temporary power loss to ensure continuous operations, Orbcomm says.

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By connecting the peripheral to a new or existing Orbcomm asset tracking and monitoring device, Orbcomm says transportation customers can add dual-mode connectivity to their fleet management, trailer tracking and cold chain monitoring solutions.

The device also includes a built-in navigation module that enables global reporting of location data to provide complete management of refrigerated and dry transportation assets. In addition, over-the-air satellite updates allow the peripheral to receive updated firmware versions without having to send a technician to the site, Orbcomm says.

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