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Locas Traxx in Pact with ORBCOMM, Vodafone to Deliver Shipment Tracking and Monitoring Solution

By Rajani Baburajan October 17, 2011

ORBCOMM, a global satellite data communications company focused on two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, announced a partnership with business analytics expert Locus Traxx to enable shipment tracking and monitoring solution.

Locus Traxx will leverage the GSM service provided by global telecommunications provider, Vodafone, and ORBCOMM's low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network to support Locus Traxx's dual-mode SmartTraxx shipment monitoring, reporting and alerts solution, an official announcement from the company said.

The partnership will help Locus Traxx deliver a high-performance, dual-mode asset monitoring solution that will offer their customers significant operating advantages and bottom-line benefits, said Marc Eisenberg, CEO of ORBCOMM.

“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,” Eisenberg added.

The SmartTraxx system provides real-time information about the safety and security of shipments en route.  This includes shipment temperature, status of the door – open or closed, location, and security status from customer's trailers, vessels or equipment via either GSM or satellite communications.

This real-time information will help customers increase productivity and efficiency throughout the supply chain and make more informed business decisions.

ORBCOMM will work with Vodafone, who will supply GSM connectivity and its M2M platform, to pursue further opportunities to deliver dual-mode services and help customers worldwide enable their M2M-based solutions, the company said.

Recently, ORBCOMM announced the successful launch of VesselSat1, an Automatic Identification Service (AIS) enabled satellite built by LuxSpace Sarl (LuxSpace), an affiliate of OHB System AG. AIS data is used for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts.  

After successful completion of in-orbit testing and check-out, VesselSat1 will expand the coverage of ORBCOMM's satellite AIS service in the equatorial region, where there is significant shipping activity and critical need for maritime surveillance. This satellite will also provide additional capacity, higher refresh rates and improved message delivery speeds for ORBCOMM AIS users worldwide.



Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for IoTevolutionworld. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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