MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2014) -
- With the lowest power consumption in the M2M industry, the STX3 global simplex transmitter can operate for many months or years without requiring human intervention
- Roughly the size of a quarter, the low-cost, easy-to-integrate STX3 chipset enables VARs and OEMs to develop smaller, more efficient M2M solutions
- Size and price point make the STX3 ideal for devices that require a backup communication option when out of range of the GPRS/GSM network
- The module can be used in a wide range of assets including liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tanks, water tanks, pipelines, remote meter applications, cars, trucks, boats, animal tracking devices and sea or land containers
Today, Globalstar Inc. (OTCQB:GSAT) launched the STX3 simplex satellite global transmitter, featuring the lowest power-consuming technology currently on the market. This makes the STX3 a key requirement for customers whose monitoring devices are dispersed in remote and harsh environments.
Globalstar engineers have shrunk the chip technology to be a third of the size of its predecessor, the widely-deployed STX2. About the size of a quarter, and with low-cost and low-power, the STX3 is designed to be easily integrated into a broad range of M2M devices and applications for cost-effective remote sensing, tracking and monitoring of items as diverse as sheep, ships and meters.
These attributes also make the STX3 ideal for hybrid GPRS/GSM-based M2M tracking or monitoring devices to provide a cost-effective, satellite-based backup communications solution for areas where mobile network reception is either patchy or non-existent.
Mobiltex Data Ltd., of Calgary, Alberta, was the first company to design a product specifically around the STX3. Engineering Manager Tony da Costa praised the product saying, "The small size of the Globalstar STX3 transmitter module was a crucial factor that allowed Mobiltex to design a unique miniature remote pipeline monitoring product that could be mounted inside existing space-constrained enclosures. Coupled with the excellent Globalstar Simplex coverage footprint, low recurring monthly service costs, and low transmitter power requirements, the decision to use Globalstar for this product was an easy one."
Ovinto, an M2M telematics specialist based in Belgium, is one VAR who has been testing the STX3 chipset. "We have been using the STX2 for many years as it meets our stringent requirements for reliability in even the harshest of environments including contact with explosive materials," said Frederick Ronse, Founder and CEO of Ovinto. "We have been testing the STX3 and see great potential in using this new technology, particularly its very long battery life. Our customers want to use Ovinto Sat with the reassurance that they can go years without having to replace device batteries in wagons and containers across Europe."
The STX3 module sends one-way data messages via the Globalstar Simplex Network when integrated into a tracking or monitoring device. The module is easily integrated into devices for fixed and mobile asset management, remote sensing, data reporting and data logging applications over a near-global network. Use cases include: dual device tracking (GSM/Satellite), animal tracking, pipeline management, fleet management (marine and vehicular) and many other M2M applications with size constraints.
"We see a huge opportunity for VARs and OEMs to incorporate the STX3 chipset into compact and efficient communications devices targeted at a wide and fast-growing range of vertical markets," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. "With its unrivalled low power consumption and small size, this chipset has the potential to accelerate the adoption of satellite-based M2M - both satellite-only solutions and hybrid cellular/satellite offerings."
For more information on Globalstar, and a list of dealers and retailers carrying Globalstar products, visit www.globalstar.ca.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. For more information regarding Globalstar Canada, please visit Globalstar's web site at www.globalstar.ca.