Globalstar SmartOne selected by FAGOR Electronica for hybrid satellite and GSM-based fleet tracking

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. has announced an agreement with Spanish technology and fleet tracking solutions FAGOR Electrónica, S. Coop to deliver a satellite tracking solution for the trucking industry. The solution is being distributed and deployed though Skytracking, Fagor’s authorised distributor for Columbia.

FAGOR selected Globalstar’s SmartOne for the satellite technology underpinning the new solution to help transportation companies monitor and track their fleet of vehicles even when they are outside GSM range. Not only does the solution report the precise location of the vehicle, including when in remote areas, but it also provides details about engine time usage and total mileage.

The FAGOR-Globalstar solution leverages hybrid technologies, explains Ernesto Pérez, overseas distribution manager at FAGOR. “When the vehicle moves out of GSM range, satellite transmissions automatically take over. We believe that this combination of complementary technologies delivers maximum reach, reliability and cost efficiency.”

Perez commented, “We examined the options available and looked carefully at the alternative satellite providers. Only Globalstar could deliver the powerful combination of superior coverage, a tailored solution that meets the particular needs of our customers, and competitive pricing. Combining these factors with Globalstar’s years of expertise in delivering tracking solutions, Globalstar was the clear choice to be our partner.”

“This market has huge growth potential,” explains Corry Brennan, Globalstar’s simplex regional sales manager – EMEA. “Governments are eager to have more transparency in the transport industry, and there is an increase in regulations that cargo-carrying vehicles have trackers installed. The Globalstar network delivers the reliability and reach to help transport companies more closely monitor their fleets across the continent.”

The compact, robust SmartOne provides connectivity for assets of any kind, whether fixed or mobile, virtually anywhere. The SmartOne features a vibration sensor that alerts owners to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft. The device can dynamically report engine runtime and monitor faults, both of which can significantly enhance operating efficiency. Since the launch of SmartOne in 2012, over 150,000 units have been shipped and used across multiple industry sectors including multimodal, aviation, alternative energy and military customers.

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