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 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.