Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Honeywell satellite terminal tracks mobile and fixed assets

Steve Rogerson
June 18, 2015
 
Honeywell has announced the TAM-442 satellite terminal for asset tracking and monitoring. This battery-powered terminal from UK subsidiary Honeywell Global Tracking is rugged, versatile and suitable for tracking mobile and fixed assets, including trucks, vehicles, containers, rail cars and other heavy equipment.
 
Features include over-the-air (OTA) configuration, a vehicle charger that allows users to operate the terminal even when charging, two general purpose input-output ports for connecting external equipment such as door sensors and panic buttons, a ruggedised connector that can withstand years of use in harsh environments, class one, division two certification for use in oil and gas environments, and improved battery life.
 
“The TAM-442 is an extremely powerful and reliable system to monitor maritime assets globally,” said Brian Kane, director of research and development at Global Ocean Security Technologies (Gost). “It’s easy to install quickly and covertly where no external power is readily available, making it a great fit for our maritime security.”
 
A long-time Honeywell Global Tracking customer, Gost provides wireless security, monitoring, satellite tracking, surveillance, acoustic deterrents and cloaking systems for any size vessel from tenders to ships.
 
The terminal is designed for tracking applications with more frequent reporting rates where the terminal is regularly moved between assets and includes a rechargeable battery that lasts more than five weeks with reports every 15 minutes, and up to 36 weeks when reports run every six hours. Similar to previous models, it uses the Inmarsat Isat M2M satellite protocol, which offers affordable airtime packages, 99.9 per cent network uptime and global coverage outside the polar regions.
 
“Our industry-leading asset tracking solutions have helped customers around the world increase the security and integrity of their supply chains for many years,” said Dave Sharratt, general manager at Honeywell Global Tracking. “The new TAM terminals offer a range of new customer-focused features and capabilities that will also help improve productivity and reduce maintenance and fuel costs – giving our customers an important competitive advantage.”