SkyBitz Forms Government Group to Provide Remote Asset Management Solutions in Support of Security and Defense Initiatives
Global Locating System Technology Tracks Unpowered Assets such as Transportation Vehicles, Shipping Containers, Supplies, and Military Hardware
STERLING, Va. – August 4, 2010 – SkyBitz®, the leader in remote asset tracking and information management solutions, today announced the development of a Government Solutions group. The company provides remote asset management solutions based on advanced technology from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that are ideal for government organizations with requirements to track and manage assets and cargo with continuous visibility and high security without access to a power source.
SkyBitz utilized DARPA funding to develop its patented Global Locating System (GLS) technology and a very efficient two-way communication satellite communications protocol, which provides a more secure platform than traditional GPS and satellite communications solutions. In January the company introduced the SkyBitz GLS400 Mobile Terminal, a machine-to-machine (M2M) asset tracking solution that provides a lower overall total cost of ownership through increased power efficiency, reliability, ruggedness and service life. Instead of the spotty visibility of in-transit assets afforded by patchworks of traditional GPS and RFID installations, SkyBitz addresses the homeland and defense security challenges that governments face by providing continuous in-transit visibility of containers and mission critical assets in real time.
“Government entities bear a huge responsibility for managing a wide range of assets scattered around the globe as part of their mission to support the war fighter,” said Homaira Akbari, SkyBitz President and CEO. “Managing these widely dispersed assets is a monumental challenge and the tools available to do this job to date have been limited. Our government team is committed to providing the most innovative and effective asset tracking and information management solutions available today at a lower cost than traditional solutions.”
Late last year, SkyBitz also received Defense Transportation Tracking System II (DTTS) certification by The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Commands (SDDC). This certification enables SkyBitz clients to meet the Government's requirement for establishing a transportation protective service for tracking of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA&E)-laden commercial closed box van/trailers.
Looking ahead, SkyBitz is working with Iridium to build a solution that 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 the Iridium 9602, a revolutionary, small, lightweight and low-cost transceiver that enables the world’s only global, two-way satellite links for low-latency, real-time data transmission. The new solution is ideal for government organizations that require intelligent sensor solutions and power-efficient, two-way communications to maintain critical visibility on high-value assets.
About SkyBitz, Inc.
SkyBitz is a leader in global remote asset management solutions, providing real-time information on the location and status of assets. More than 700 enterprises rely on SkyBitz technology to achieve total asset visibility, improved security, lower operating and capital expenses, and enhanced customer service. SkyBitz delivers its solution via SkyBitz Insight, a secure web-based application that is fully customizable and requires no software downloads. SkyBitz is a privately held company backed by CIBC Capital Partners, Highstar Capital, Inverness Graham Investments, Motorola Ventures and ITV, a fund of Cordova Ventures. For additional information, visit www.skybitz.com.