Cinterion has introduced BGS2-Terminal, plug-and-play device for M2M applications. This device offers different industrial interfaces and supports extended temperature range and low power consumption. There are 2 variants of BGS2-Terminal : RS-485 which supports vertical-specific inetrface for building automation and meter reading ; and RS-232 for general applications.
FAB Express will deploy Asset Intelligence’s VeriWise(TM) Dry Van management system on approximately 1,000 cargo trailers. VeriWise solution incoroporates GPS-based location tracking and data communication over the satellite network. Asset Intelligence is a subsidiary of I.D Systems which provides asset tracking solutions.
According to new research by Berg on asset tracking, teh number of tracking systems with GPRS network or Satellite network is expected to grow from 77K units in 2011 to 1 million units in 2016, representing a 66.9% CAGR over a 5 year period. That growth represents a increase in penetration rate of 0.4% in 2011 to 3.6% in 2016. Here is the link to the Berg Insight’s Container tracking report.
Zonar has introduced ZTrak, a battery operated asset tracking unit. The battery life is dependent on asset tracking and it is over 5 years on a 1 location-per-day cycle. Ztrak has GSM modem and GPS communication support. Some of the applications that it can be use dare construction equipment, rental equipment, shipping containers, high security items etc. Here is the ZTrak specification.
HID Global has introduced IronTag, a RFID solution for tracking applications in rough conditions such as tracking metallic parts, tools, equipment and vehicles.
According to HID Global’s press release, IronTag is waterproof; resistant to shock, vibration and chemical exposure; and is able to withstand temperatures from -40° F to +356° F (-40° C to +180° C). It also delivers an exceptional size-to-performance ratio. The compact unit measures just 2.1 x 0.9 x 0.27 in (53 x 23 x 7 mm), and mounted on metal, it delivers a read range up to 13 ft (4 m). The contactless chip provides a 512-bit user memory, in addition to 96-bit EPC and 64-bit TID. Here is the link to IronTag spec.
Kore Telmatics has partnered with The DPL group to enable wireless connectivity for ATM machines. By operating on the cellular data networks, ATMs can be deployed in remote locations such as concerts or carnivals. The DPL group’s Hercules Plus product converts dial up and IP ATMs to wireless cellular. They operate on the GSM network. Here is the link to spec for Herculus ATM wireless connectivity.
Trakm8 has launched T8, a new compact and rugged telematics unit which is ideal for trailer and asset tracking. This unit has integrated GPS and GSM antennas and has CE, FCC and PTCRB approvals. Some of the benefits includes monitoring driver behavious, drive feedback modules and fast installation. Here is the T8 spec.
SkyBitz(R) announced the availability of Galaxy series GTP1000 and GTP1100, satellite modems for remote asset tracking solution. Some of the M2M vertical markets that benefit from this solution are oil and gas, chemical, heavy equipment, government, transportation and othe rmarkets.The SkyBitz GLS9602 modem combines SkyBitz patented Global Locating System (GLS) technology with the Iridium(R) 9602 short burst data (SBD) transceiver and can be integrated into a wide variety of asset tracking solutions.
AT&T has received Frost & Sullivan 2011 North American Product LIne Strategy Award in Mobile Asset Tracking.
“AT&T’s product line strategy has focused on providing top-tier solutions, a wide choice of alternatives, attractive pricing, and synergy with the worker and fleet tracking needs that their customers may also be wrestling with,” wrote Jeanine Sterling, Senior Industry Analyst, Mobile and Wireless Communications, Frost & Sullivan.