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Globalstar partners IPmotion on asset tracking in Japan

Steve Rogerson
October 10, 2017
Globalstar and IPmotion have jointly formed Globalstar Japan to launch a commercial mobile satellite service that will offer a suite of mobile satellite products and services with voice, data, asset monitoring, tracking and emergency SOS capabilities for the consumer, enterprise and government markets.
"With the launch of Globalstar service in Japan, we will offer our unique suite of products and services to one of the largest markets in the world and continue our growth into new international markets,” said Jay Monroe, chief executive officer of Globalstar. "We are looking forward to working with the team at IPmotion to bring our life-saving technology to Japan where we will provide affordable and reliable voice and data communications as critical redundant services or as an extension to current cellular systems."
Globalstar services more than 700,000 subscribers around the worlds. Its Spot family of devices is responsible for initiating over 5300 rescues worldwide and continues to provide peace of mind to customers in over 120 countries.
Founded in 1997, IPmotion was acquired and became a subsidiary of Imagica Robot Holdings. In addition to its current ICT business, IPmotion uses the video systems and broadcasting business expertise of other Imagica group companies. These synergies allow IPmotion and the Imagica group to drive business creation and economic development in Japan.
"Globalstar Japan will be the fourth mobile satellite service provider in Japan, and I am delighted to contribute to people's peace of mind and safety by offering the Globalstar suite of products,” said Katsuaki Nishiura, CEO of IPmotion. “In Japan, where natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons frequently occur, Globalstar phones and their award-winning SOS enabled satellite personal tracking devices will be uniquely valuable. We are looking forward to being the exclusive provider of these much needed satellite devices and services. They will provide critical solutions for personal tracking and safety, IoT, and mobile satellite phones for both consumers and local companies with a global reach."
Globalstar Japan expects to receive type certification to sell its products in Japan in the coming weeks for the following products: Globalstar Satellite Phone 1700, Globalstar 2900, Globalstar SatFi, SmartOne B, SmartOne C, and Spot Gen3 and Spot Trace.