Orbcomm: World’s Largest Container Tracker

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Orbcomm, the low earth orbit messaging satellite company, specializing in two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, today announced that its ReeferTrak platform has been selected by seven new domestic and international transportation and logistics companies.

ReeferTrak enables customers to proactively monitor, manage and remotely control their refrigerated transport assets.

By leveraging the power of ReeferTrak’s temperature, fuel management, maintenance, and logistical application services, customers can achieve maximum compliance, increased efficiency and proven return on investment (ROI), says Orbcomm.

ORBCOMM’s Next Generation – OG2 satellite will launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9, beginning later this year. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is building 18 OG2 satellites, with an option to purchase up to 30 additional satellites to augment and upgrade Orbcomm’s existing satellite constellation.

Orbcomm’s 27 current-generation satellites operate for the most part in an 825-kilometer orbit inclined 45 degrees relative to the equator. The second generation will be placed into a 52 degree inclination, an orbit that gives better coverage of northern latitudes to enhance Orbcomm’s AIS maritime coverage.

Each OG2 satellite will be equipped with an enhanced communications payload designed to increase subscriber capacity by up to 12 times over the current Orbcomm satellites. In addition, all OG2 satellites will be designed with Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads to receive and report transmissions from AIS-equipped maritime vessels.

The Automatic Identification System works by interrogating a VHF transceiver that incorporates LORAN-C or GPS location information, with a gyrocompass or rate of turn indicators. All ocean-going vessels and commercial vessels over 65 feet are required to use AIS equipment by the International Maritime Organization.

Located at 78 degrees north latitude, SvalSat is the world’s only established commercial station capable of downlinking on every (polar-orbiting) satellite.

Berg Insight’s May 2013 Container Tracking and Security Report (pdf) says Orbcomm’s recent acquisitions of StarTrak, PAR LMS and GlobalTrak makes it the largest vendor of intermodal container tracking solutions featuring GPRS or satellite communication.”

Berg Insight estimates “the number of tracking systems with GPRS or satellite communication for intermodal containers in active use is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.1 percent from 137,000 units at the end of 2012 to 1.0 million by 2017.”

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Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 9:28 am .

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