Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Globalstar launches solar-powered tracker at MWC

Steve Rogerson
September 12, 2017
 
At this week’s Mobile World Congress Americas, Globalstar is launching the SmartOne Solar M2M and IoT satellite device that provides remote monitoring and tracking via the Louisiana company’s satellite network.
 
SmartOne Solar is powered with solar-rechargeable batteries that can deliver over eight years of serviceable life. The device will operate continuously for many months while reporting twice a day without the need for exposure to sunlight.
 
"There is an exponential growth in M2M markets worldwide fuelled by demand for affordable, reliable IoT data solutions that help businesses monitor, manage and automate collection of data from remote assets," said Jay Monroe, CEO of Globalstar. “SmartOne Solar is part of a line of products designed to help our customers affordably streamline remote M2M and IoT operations over our modern and fast satellite network.”
 
In developing the technology that powers SmartOne Solar, Globalstar partnered with Carmanah, a Canadian solar manufacturer with a reputation for developing dependable industrial products that perform in some of the world's harshest environments.
 
"Carmanah was able to apply many of our core strengths when developing this product using rugged materials and reliable enclosures to withstand extreme environmental conditions, designing efficient PV and charging circuitry, optimising power management firmware, and applying insolation simulations that balance energy generation and consumption," said John Simmons, Carmanah CEO.
 
SmartOne Solar is part of a line of satellite-based data products designed to meet the M2M needs of businesses in industries such as oil and gas, transportation and logistics, mining, forestry, utilities and commercial maritime with critical data monitoring and remote asset management needs.
 
The simple operation allows users to manage remote assets proactively through automated data collection and critical monitoring, and delivers reliable location reporting for assets deployed worldwide, providing security and improved efficiency for businesses. The product's additional benefits are said to include quick and easy installation, configurable range capabilities, and operational productivity improvement through reliable remote asset performance monitoring, safety and compliance, smart metering and data visibility.
 
Carmanah designs, develops and distributes a portfolio of products focused on energy-optimised LEDs for infrastructure.