Orbcomm Expands Maritime Presence with Locus Traxx, Vodafone Partnership
[Satellite TODAY 10-17-11] M2M satellite data communications provider Orbcomm and business analytics firm Locus Traxx will integrate and utilize Vodafone’s GSM communications service and Orbcomm’s LEO satellite network to support Locus Traxx’s dual-mode SmartTraxx shipment monitoring, reporting and alerts solution, the companies announced Oct. 14.
The SmartTraxx system reports shipment temperature, door open or closed, location and security status from customer’s trailers, vessels or equipment via either GSM or satellite communications based on cost and coverage.
Orbcomm also said it would partner with Vodafone to pursue further opportunities to deliver dual-mode services and help customers worldwide enable their M2M-based solutions. The combination of satellite and GSM technology aims to provide customers with low-cost and flexible connected service for both fixed site and mobile tracking and monitoring applications.
“By tapping the power of M2M applications in industries such as transportation and shipping, customers can improve their quality of service, increase safety and security, reduce overhead and manage their assets throughout the global supply chain more efficiently,” Orbcomm CEO Marc Eisenberg said in a statement.