January 19, 2012
...through the world’s furthest reaching communications network, Iridium. SkyBitz and Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) jointly developed the SkyBitz GLS9602 modem. It is based on SkyBitz patented Global Locating System (GLS) technology in combination with Iridium’s 9602 short burst data (SBD) transceiver. This custom SBD modem is designed for integration into complete wireless solutions, providing the critical data communications necessary for asset tracking in remote locations, and creating numerous application possibilities for developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The low power consumption, small size, global coverage and low-cost make the SkyBitz GLS9602 modem ideal for easy integration into Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions. The modem offers low latency service with a small antenna. Authorized SkyBitz partners can create high value solutions in numerous vertical markets using the combination of Iridium’s global connectivity and SkyBitz ultra power-efficient GLS technology. The resulting solution is ideal for monitoring and updating the status of all types of assets.
SkyBitz's patented GLS technology provides all the benefits of GPS based tracking systems without the need for high-power consumption from on-board location calculations. Instead, the SkyBitz Service Operation Center calculates the position centrally using the information sent by the SkyBitz GLS9602 modem. Off-board position calculation is considerably faster and dramatically reduces power consumption and the cost and inconvenience associated with frequent battery replacement.
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