Globalstar introduces new platform for satellite asset tracking and telematics data

Globalstar has introduced Realm Enablement Suite, an innovative portfolio of satellite asset tracking hardware and software solutions featuring a powerful application enablement platform for processing smart data at the edge.

Globalstar introduces advanced edge platform for satellite asset tracking and telematics data

Alongside new devices, a new development platform opens new opportunities for partners to create applications in the maritime and oil and gas industries.

For example, many construction companies and equipment vendors still rely on phone calls and written logs to track equipment as it is transported.  Realm Enablement Suite’s satellite asset tracking lets companies check the location and status of equipment in near real-time, export data into their applications and accurately track data for billing the time each piece of equipment is used on a project.

Onboard power and movement sensors can gather and report engine runtime accumulation and validate equipment operation to enable more cost-effective maintenance and greater uptime. Gains in productivity, additional revenue, maintenance costs, and uptime can be transformative. 

In another example, offshore energy platforms are served by fleets of support vessels delivering supplies, materials, and people. Instead of manually tracking these assets, the Realm Enablement Suite can generate accurate tracking data on vessel location and provide flexible geofencing around platforms, docks, and maintenance facilities to send alerts to key vessel movements.  This data reduces idle time for vessels and quickly lets fleet managers identify the most efficient way to route vessels.

Continued commitment to IoT

The Realm Enablement Suite features Integrity 150, the first solar-powered, deployment-ready satellite asset tracking device with an application enablement platform; the ST150M satellite modem module that drastically simplifies product development; and the Realm application enablement platform, offering tools and an extensive library for quickly accessing and developing AI-enabled applications at the edge for vertical-specific solutions.

With Realm, partners can accelerate new solutions to market with AI-enabled applications that generate an advanced level of telematics data.  By defining smart data at the edge, users send only the data they need over the highly reliable Globalstar LEO satellite network to the customer endpoint – significantly reducing transmission costs.

“This newest innovation from Globalstar represents a continued commitment to IoT as a core business pillar. With Realm Enablement Suite, customers have the flexibility and agility they need to optimize data from their tracking devices and edge sensors,” said Dave Kagan, Globalstar CEO. “Generating smart data at the edge for delivery to the customer endpoint makes all the difference in transmission efficiency and operational performance.”

Realm Enablement Suite includes:

Integrity 150 satellite solar-powered asset tracking device delivers long-lasting, no-maintenance ownership for markets including transportation, energy, construction, agriculture, forestry and government agencies.  Featuring Globalstar’s industry-leading low-power design, it offers the longest battery and shelf life available. Integrated into the product is a GPS receiver, accelerometer, Arm CPU on Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF5xxx SoC, standard and customizable messaging capability, tamper detection and BLE5 Bluetooth connectivity for a wide variety of sensors. Its flash memory offers 8MB of storage for application data and firmware updates. 

ST150M satellite modem module helps partners create new products in a fraction of normal development time and cost.  The module includes a GPS receiver, accelerometer, Arm CPU on Nordic’s nRF5xxx SoC, 8MB external flash memory, integrated voltage regulator and BLE transceiver. Its low-power architecture allows integrators to minimize battery requirements.  The ST150 Dev Kit provides an ST150M module with Arduino Uno Rev3 Form Factor and satellite and GPS patch antennas, the fastest way to develop and test technology designs before committing them to hardware.

Realm enablement application platform is the key to unlocking the unlimited capabilities of field devices, slashing hundreds of hours of development time for new products and AI-enabled applications at the edge. The low code edge platform lowers the barrier of entry for partners developing custom applications and solutions. The modular software features a Unified API for fast application development and easy management of all hardware, platform-specific, and value-added edge features. This includes the Globalstar BLE library and ela Innovation BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) sensors libraries. The platform provides an ongoing applications development ecosystem as innovative solutions are added by Globalstar and shared by developers.

“The end-to-end design of the new Globalstar Realm Enablement Suite ecosystem removes the technology barriers to profitable innovation in the tracking and industrial IoT space,” said David Haight VP of IoT at Globalstar. “Realm delivers greater speed and lower cost in both development and deployment by providing the flexibility to innovate with the power to host applications and process data on edge devices for faster action and enhanced performance. The Realm Enablement Suite is what our partners around the world have asked us for.”