US: SkyBitz and Iridium Communications announced a strategic partnership. Iridium claims that this partnership would position the company as the first-ever provider of two-way global mobile satellite services (MSS) for SkyBitz. Through this partnership, the companies are developing a two-way, remote asset tracking and monitoring solution through the integration of SkyBitz Global Locating System (GLS) technology with the recently announced Iridium 9602 satellite data transceiver.
With this partnership, SkyBitz solution will feature lower power consumption and a longer battery life than is commercially available today in the global tracking market. This solution will be built around Iridium 9602, a small, lightweight and low-cost transceiver that enables the world’s only global, two-way satellite links for low-latency, real-time data transmission. By integrating SkyBitz GLS technology with Iridium 9602, the companies will create an open architecture and scalable platform that is not restricted to custom mobile terminal hardware.
The combination of SkyBitz GLS technology and Iridium two-way satellite communications network positions them to further penetrate the expanding global machine-to-machine (M2M) market. The new cost-effective solution that SkyBitz and Iridium are building is ideal for markets such as trailer tracking, oil, gas, chemical, rail, cargo shipping and government, where there are requirements for intelligent sensor solutions and power-efficient, two-way communications to deliver critical insights on valuable assets. In addition, these markets require continuous, global in-transit visibility from origin to final destination. According to Strategy Analytics, the mobile M2M communications annual market is estimated to grow from approximately USD 16 billion in 2008 to more than USD 57 billion in 2014.
The two companies have already co-developed solution prototypes and conducted testing. Upon the new solution’s commercial availability, SkyBitz plans to offer this as part of its suite of GLS solutions to its customers for their asset tracking needs in both the US and abroad.