Telematics company Orbcomm expands cellular product lineup

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 11, 2016 12:32

Telematics company Orbcomm expands cellular product lineup


Satellite-based asset-management company Orbcomm broadened its fleet management options by adding a cellular-only tracking device and integrating the device into its fleet software program.

The technology company introduced the SkyWave IDP-782, a truck or asset-tracking and driver monitoring device designed for use in markets where cellular coverage is widely available.

The IDP-782.

The IDP-782 is also available as a dual-mode satellite and cellular device, which allows users to switch between Orbcomm satellites and lower cost cellular networks when available.

The viaFleet software application works with the IDP-782 to let fleet operators — whether shippers or carriers — see the location of assets and monitor driver behavior in real time, Orbcomm said.

Orbcomm put 11 next-generation OG2 satellites into orbit in December, a step that will help the New Rochelle, New Jersey company expand its asset-management services worldwide.

One big customer is China International Marine Container Company, which signed an agreement last November to offer Orbcomm’s dual-mode tracking technology in its shipping containers.

CIMC can install Orbcomm’s telematic units in those containers as a factory option or retrofit for container lines and container leasing companies, creating a trackable “smart container.”

Customers will be able to “seamlessly track and monitor their assets over the sea, rail and road,” said Shouqin Zhou, general manager of CIMC’s Intelligent Technology Division.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 11, 2016 12:32