Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), and a leader in satellite messaging, IoT and emergency notification technologies, announced its SmartOne Solar Satellite IoT Transmitter is being deployed to provide satellite tracking to pleasure craft owners.
The announcement comes as integrator partner Globalstar Advanced Tracking passes the milestone of deploying more than 2,000 Globalstar SmartOne C IoT tracking devices for its marine customers.
Advanced Tracking recently integrated SmartOne Solar into its platform www.konectis.com, a portal designed for users of the pleasure craft. Konectis offers multiple manageable features via a dedicated dashboard and user interface including an anti-theft alarm system. With the addition of SmartOne Solar, Advanced Tracking now enables fleet owners and boating enthusiasts to benefit from efficient and ubiquitous IoT-enabled satellite vessel tracking.
“In the yachting sector, when you own boats of 10 to 25 meters, budgets matter” noted Co-founder and CEO of Advanced Tracking, Christophe Allan.
“We knew that by integrating SmartOne Solar, we would have the ideal solution to provide cost-conscious boat owners an affordable, high-quality solution to track their vessels.” Allan noted.
The Globalstar SmartOne Solar monitors assets of all kinds, whether fixed or mobile, including shipping containers, transport trailers, construction / agricultural machinery and vehicle fleets.
SmartOne Solar provides a low-maintenance, cost-effective monitoring option that is powered by solar-powered rechargeable batteries and can provide years of service life. The device operates continuously for several months while reporting twice a day without the need for sun exposure.
Allan highlights the ease of use and wireless flexibility of SmartOne Solar as major advantages. “The advantage of SmartOne Solar is that it does not need to be connected to a power source, so the device can be positioned at many different points on the boat depending on your preferences” he added, “It’s small and easy to install, with good performance quality. Because the device is stand-alone, just install it and go.
Allan highlights the growing understanding that satellite connectivity is essential for reliable and ubiquitous coverage, saying: “The user could try other technologies, like VHF or GSM, but as soon as you are out of range you lose track of the boat.
The partnership between Globalstar and Advanced Tracking dates back to 2010. At that time, Advanced Tracking introduced Globalstar SmartOne C on its platform to replace / supplement its historic satellite telecommunications provider. One of the reasons, explains Allan, was the need for a back-up satellite system to reduce dependence exclusively on a single supplier. “The price was also an important factor”, he adds, “SmartOne, along with Globalstar’s airtime plans, allow customers to offer a quality solution at a truly reasonable price. “
Founded in 2004, Advanced Tracking provides satellite tracking solutions and communication systems. Its comprehensive Konectis portal, whose functionalities and communication preferences can be tailor-made, is dedicated to meeting the needs of its marine customers, primarily yacht and motor boat owners.
“We are delighted that SmartOne Solar is helping pleasure boat owners profitably track their valuable boats. “ noted Mark O’Connell, Managing Director of Globalstar EMEA. “We applaud Advanced Tracking for providing the growing recreational boating market with a highly effective solution that facilitates tracking, improves safety and security, and prevents potential failures. “