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Fleet management terminal switches between satellite and cellular

Steve Rogerson
March 18, 2015
Orbcomm’s New Jersey based SkyWave subsidiary has introduced the dual-mode IDP-782 communications terminal for providing fleet managers with a single device for cellular and satellite network coverage so they can stay connected to assets, sensors and people in a more cost-effective way.
It is said to help fleet managers contain the costs of moving in and out of communications networks with automatic satellite and cellular coverage switching, flexible programming and backup battery
“Fleet managers now have the best of both worlds,” said Sue Rutherford, Orbcomm’s vice president of marketing. “The IDP-782 improves operations and increases safety without the added costs of roaming charges. Whether it’s saving fuel, reducing capital expenditures or getting more from less, the IDP-782 provides fleet management applications with the best data from assets moving in and out of cellular range.”
The terminal provides configurable out-of-the-box software for quick deployments and a flexible architecture that supports the development of custom applications for more complex systems. Whether using the SkyWave AVL agent or Lua, all applications leverage the most cost-effective network with automatic switching capabilities between cellular coverage (HSPA or GPRS) and satellite coverage. In addition, it can have an optional 2.5hr backup battery to send GPS and other information when no vehicle power is available.
The dual-mode terminal is claimed to provide complete visibility at a cost saving without compromising tracking, text messaging, e-forms, and vehicle and cargo monitoring. Its satellite-cellular capabilities allow lower cost cellular connectivity for near-shore communications and satellite service for guaranteed and reliable offshore communications.
Mine operators can use it to collect location, telemetry and sensor data in remote locations to protect valuable heavy equipment and keep drivers safe with driver behaviour monitoring features.
For scada monitoring and control, the Modbus and sensor capabilities of the terminal provide the ability to monitor fixed oil and gas equipment and even provide power loss notifications with the built-in backup battery.