Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Globalstar satellite-based asset tracker includes theft attempt warnings

Steve Rogerson
June 2, 2015
A satellite-based asset management service has been introduced by Globalstar to let businesses monitor and manage their fixed and portable assets including shipping containers, transport trailers, construction machinery and vehicle fleets.
The SmartOne C complements the Louisiana-based company’s existing SmartOne B model but opens up more opportunities.
At the core of the SmartOne C is an accelerometer that alerts owners to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft. The device can dynamically report asset status and monitor faults, both of which can enhance operating efficiency across numerous metrics.
Since the launch of the original SmartOne in 2012, more than 150,000 units have been shipped and used across multiple industry sectors including multimodal, aviation, alternative energy and military customers.
This enhanced model expands Globalstar’s Simplex portfolio and provides commercial and governmental users the opportunity to benefit from what is claimed to be the smallest simplex asset manager in the marketplace.
“Harnessing the power of the internet of things has the potential to help businesses and governments realise numerous operational efficiency benefits,” said Jay Monroe, chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “The reliability and reach of our global LEO satellite network allows us to offer a superior M2M management service and, with the launch of SmartOne C, we can continue to provide compact, feature-rich, cost-effective solutions.”
Should the line power be interrupted or fail, the SmartOne B and C both automatically switch to battery back-up to provide uninterrupted transmissions. The SmartOne C uses four AAA 1.5V lithium batteries that provide over 1.5 years of battery life. Using line-power enables shorter messaging intervals for more frequent monitoring of an asset’s location or reporting of external sensor state.
The SmartOne C uses motion sensors, comparative GPS positions and custom configured sensors to gather and transmit asset status information. It is designed for easy installation, without requiring external antennas or power. Users can choose from various software applications from Globalstar’s network of value-added resellers allowing the device to be custom-configured for each asset’s specific management needs. This includes providing remote access to asset data and alerts to managers and authorities via customised APIs, by email or text.
In reduced messaging mode, when the asset remains in the same location, messaging is reduced to increase battery longevity. Message settings include wake, GPS locate, transmit location, resume sleep and 12 programmable sleep and time-of-wake modes.
The model measures 69 by 83 by 25mm, including brackets and weighs 102g including four batteries and mounting hardware. Industrial adhesives, brackets or screw mounts are used for installation. It requires no harnesses, external power or external antenna and accepts contact and serial signals (TTL) from external inputs.
SmartOne C is powered by the company’s Simplex data network, enabled by its low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.