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Orbcomm to launch commercial services on next-gen satellites

Iain Morris
September 17, 2014

Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched commercial M2M services for the first six of its next-generation OG2 satellites.

The operator says the new technology will improve message delivery speeds and enhance global coverage for its M2M customers.

Orbcomm (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA), which specializes in offering fleet management services, launched the satellites in mid-July and says they are now processing more than 20% of its M2M traffic.

The company also said that with the addition of the OG2 satellites it was collecting more than 13 million automatic identification system messages from more than 130,000 unique vessels on a daily basis.

“Through great teamwork among Sierra Nevada Corporation, Boeing and Orbcomm’s engineering and network operations teams, we have been able to quickly validate the performance of the six OG2 satellites,” said John Stolte, Orbcomm’s executive vice president of technology and operations. “Customers are experiencing significantly improved service, particularly during parts of the day when we previously had limited satellite coverage.”

“The versatility of the OG2 satellites will also enable us to further improve communication capabilities to ensure we are providing our customers with the highest levels of reliability, coverage, service and performance,” he said.

Orbcomm says it is now focused on the second phase of its satellite launch, which involves launching another 11 satellites that will allow it to provide new OG2 features and services around the clock.

Orbcomm says all the OG2 satellites are fully backwards compatible with its existing OG1 network and that customers will not have to change or upgrade fielded devices.
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