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Globalstar's GSatSolar Adds Major Value to IIoT Asset Tracking Solutions

By Alex Passett
December 06, 2023

It’s no secret that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) asset tracking solutions have come to represent a bona fide technological leap in manufacturing, logistics, utilities and elsewhere. Smartly monitoring and managing assets is basically the name of the game for much of IIoT; by embedding smart sensors or other devices, for example, into factory equipment or vehicles for fleet management, real-time data on location, condition and performance is gathered for further analysis. Once analyzed, operational improvements can be made; optimizations in predictive maintenance (e.g. machine usage and wear and tear before undie issues arise), workflow streamlining based on up-to-date data, and more.

Now, one step further – satellite asset tracking.

Used to monitor and manage the location of assets (e.g. vehicles, equipment, etc.) nearly anywhere on Earth through in-orbit GPS technology, satellite asset tracking has proven extremely valuable for IIoT applications. It’s basically like a high-tech version of the “Find My Phone” app, but it tracks important assets – stored away or in transit – rather than finding one’s smartphone on the kitchen counter or under a pesky couch cushion. Satellite-based solutions are super useful for tracking vehicles, shipping containers and other types of sensitive shipments, and a lot more in logistical use cases, maritime, and aviation, to name a few.

With all of this in mind, let’s talk about Globalstar, Inc. and a pertinent announcement that the next-gen telecommunications infrastructure and technology provider made just earlier this morning:

Globalstar has officially added the GSatSolar to its portfolio of IIoT asset tracking solutions.

The GSatSolar is the go-to solution for off-grid asset tracking, as well as for rugged and/or remote IoT operations. Offered in partnership with Global Satellite Engineering (GSE), this highly durable GSatSolar tracking device enables value-added resellers (VARs) and customers with unique needs to maximize the long-term value of their tracking software tools by increasing the number of trackable assets in near real time.

“GSatSolar is a low-cost option to monitor assets remotely on the Globalstar low-Earth orbit (LEO) network and delivers a plethora of verified IIoT data across IoT applications,” said Jake Rembert, Vice President of Sales at Globalstar. “The GSatSolar is a versatile solution that expands our satellite tracking capabilities. As with all our IoT asset tracking solutions, it features low power, long life and is equipped to reliably perform.”

Notably, GSatSolar is compact in size (thus minimally invasive, as far as antenna performance goes) and it proves incredibly flexible for a wide range of enterprise applications. And with its solar panel and internal battery, a standard GSatSolar unit reports accurately for years (though its environment receiving regular sun exposure is a factor).

With GSatSolar’s data collection capabilities, IIoT operators receive a measurable upgrade.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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