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Orbcomm and Cartrack deliver telematics solution for African market

Orbcomm and Cartrack deliver telematics solution for African market

Posted by Sue Pakenham-WalshMay 31, 2013

Rochelle Park, New Jersey, USA – Orbcomm Inc., a global provider of M2M solutions, has announced that it has been selected by Cartrack (Pty) Ltd. to provide satellite data communication services to extend its current range of GSM logistics and telematics solutions. Cartrack will distribute the high performance fleet management solution throughout the African continent via its growing brand and dealer network.

Based in Johnannesburg, South Africa, leading vehicle tracking and logistics company Cartrack will use Orbcomm’s global satellite network to track and monitor the location, routes and status of its vehicles in near-real-time. By integrating Orbcomm’s global satellite communications service into its telematics solution, Cartrack will helps its customers gain significant operating advantages and cost savings through an enhanced coverage footprint and improved visibility and security over their assets even in the most remote areas of the African continent outside of typical GSM coverage.


“Cartrack’s agreement with Orbcomm further demonstrates our commitment to the African market and our industry leadership as the top choice for wireless M2M services,” said Christian Allred, Orbcomm’s Senior Vice President of International. “With the growing importance of cost-effective, reliable connectivity in powering M2M applications, Orbcomm will play a pivotal role in the successful implementation of Cartrack’s telematics solution. In addition, Orbcomm’s recent installation of key ground infrastructure in South Africa will provide even greater network availability and geographic coverage for the Sub-Saharan countries.”

John Edmeston, Cartrack’s Managing Director, said: “Our vehicle telematics services require a high standard of performance, quality and geographic reach, and Orbcomm meets this need with its global coverage, reliability and integrated M2M services. We are very pleased with the positive response from our dealer network, which is very excited to offer our cost-effective tracking and monitoring applications to the African market”.


Orbcomm is a global provider of M2M solutions. Its customers include Caterpillar Inc., Doosan Infracore America, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Asset Intelligence (a division of I.D. Systems, Inc.), Komatsu Ltd., Manitowoc Crane Companies, Inc., and Volvo Construction Equipment among other industry leaders. By means of a global network of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and accompanying ground infrastructure, Orbcomm’s low-cost and reliable two-way data communication services track, monitor and control mobile and fixed assets in our core markets: commercial transportation; heavy equipment; industrial fixed assets; marine; and homeland security.

Cartrack is a subsidiary of Onecell Holdings and is a GSM technology-driven vehicle telematics, communication, and stolen vehicle recovery business unit, servicing more than 330,000 vehicles worldwide, and over 200,000 vehicles within South Africa. Operationally, Cartrack has a strong presence in Africa and Europe. Cartrack has two key areas of market focus: comprehensive fleet management solutions and stolen vehicle tracking and recovery.

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