Globalstar Announces Satellite Chipset for Global M2M Solutions

Globalstar STX3

Globalstar STX3 transmitter next to a U.S. quarter. Photo: GlobalStar

[Via Satellite 02-12-2014] Globalstar has launched the STX3 simplex satellite global transmitter, featuring low power-consuming technology. Engineers have developed the chip to be about one third of the size of its predecessor, bringing it down to the size of a quarter.

The STX3 is designed to be integrated into a range of M2M devices and applications for remote sensing, tracking and monitoring of items such as sheep, ships and meters. It can be used with hybrid GPRS/GSM-based M2M tracking or monitoring devices to provide satellite-based backup communications solutions for areas with poor mobile network reception. The module works by sending one-way data messages through the Globalstar Simplex Network and can be integrated into devices for fixed and mobile asset management.

“We see a huge opportunity for VARs and OEMs to incorporate the STX3 chipset into compact and efficient communications devices targeted at a wide and fast-growing range of vertical markets,” said Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “This chipset has the potential to accelerate the adoption of satellite-based M2M; both satellite-only solutions and hybrid cellular/satellite offerings.”

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