VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 30, 2016) - Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH) ("Carmanah") today announced a strategic agreement with Globalstar Inc. (NYSE:GSAT) ("Globalstar"). Under the terms of the agreement (the "Agreement") Carmanah will collaborate on the design and manufacture of new solar powered M2M satellite solutions for Globalstar as well as selecting the Globalstar low earth orbiting satellite constellation for remote connectivity of all strategic Carmanah products.
The Agreement includes a multi-year supply agreement whereby Carmanah will design, develop, and supply the next generation of Globalstar devices incorporating solar power charging capabilities. The introduction of solar technology will support longer battery life as well as support a significant increase in data transmission capability on a device by device basis.
"Many of our customers are interested in broadening the data capture and increasing the frequency of data transmissions from their mobile assets. When available, our new solar powered devices will support larger and more frequent data transmission capability and, most importantly, have a much longer field life than our current devices," stated Dave Kagan, President & COO of Globalstar. "Our investment in this new technology demonstrates our commitment to constantly improve our customer experience."
The collaboration is being initiated immediately and the first products are expected to be ready for market in mid-2017.
The Agreement is also the next step in Carmanah's advanced Internet of Things strategy, utilizing the Globalstar low orbit satellite network to provide remote monitoring to each Carmanah LED infrastructure product moving forward. Carmanah's worldwide deployments necessitated finding a cost effective M2M connectivity solution which provided reliable, ubiquitous coverage across the globe. After significant testing and research, Globalstar's low-earth orbit satellite constellation was the clear choice as a communications platform for Carmanah.
"The widespread use of satellite monitoring will provide ubiquitous, low cost, reliable connectivity in all of our infrastructure products wherever they are deployed in the world," stated John Simmons, CEO, "This agreement will strengthen Carmanah's position as an industry leader for LED signaling and solar LED lighting solutions. This new and widespread capability should lead to an increase in our addressable market as 'smart' connected technology obsoletes the installed base."
Carmanah intends to equip all of its strategic products with this capability over the forthcoming three years.
About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Carmanah produces a portfolio of products focused on energy optimized LED and solar technologies. We design, develop and distribute energy efficient LED solutions for infrastructure including: signaling systems for the marine aids to navigation, airfield ground lighting, offshore wind marking, aviation obstruction and traffic markets. Carmanah's product portfolio also includes industrial and commercial solar powered outdoor LED lighting systems, and solar on and off-grid power generation systems. Since 1996, we have earned a global reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications that perform reliably in some of the world's harshest environments. Our LED and solar power systems provide durable, dependable, efficient and cost-effective solutions which have been deployed in over 400,000 installations in 110 countries. The Carmanah brand portfolio includes Go Power! and recently acquired companies, Sol and Sabik.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, leveraging the world's newest mobile satellite communications network. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA and IoT applications. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.
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