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Fleet tracking and monitoring platform selected by two EU peacekeeping forces

Posted on 2nd March 2017 at 16:37pm

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc, and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, has announced that two EU peacekeeping organisations have deployed the SafeFleet Telematics fleet management solution, incorporating Globalstar’s SmartOne device.

The European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) and EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) both chose SafeFleet Telematics to track and manage fleets, monitor driver behaviour, and safeguard personnel and civilian passengers in Georgia and Kosovo respectively.

Both organisations have responsibility for maintaining law and order, as well as carrying out judiciary, policing duties and border patrol in their regions.

Globalstar next generation satellite (Photo courtesy Thales Alenia Space)

They sought a fleet tracking and monitoring platform to replace incumbent technology that was deemed inadequate. There was a rigorous tender process for each of the two deployments, contested by regional competitors and leading European providers proposing technologies including radio, GSM and SIM-based solutions. However, SafeFleet Telematics was selected, based on its ability to deliver the required high level of functionality, reach and reliability, at the right price.

The phased deployment at the two organisations is now complete with SafeFleet Telematics installed in vehicles used for logistics and transport, including armoured vehicles and all-terrain pathfinder vehicles. The more recent deployment, for EULEX, incorporated over 530 Globalstar SmartOne B Line Power devices.

“In many areas where these peacekeeping organisations operate, the GSM network is not stable or far-reaching enough,” said Oliver Albu, International Business Manager, SafeFleet Telematics. “The most critical requirement was ubiquitous and reliable connection even where adequate GSM could not be guaranteed. Globalstar satisfied this demand.”

EU Peacekeeping Organisations in Kosovo and Georgia have deployed SafeFleet incorporating Globalstar's SmartOne

Globalstar VAR, ETA Automatizari Industriale SRL, based in Romania, developed the SafeFleet Telematics platform, a bespoke hardware and software-based solution that automatically switches between GSM and Globalstar’s simplex satellite network. This dual technology approach delivers flexibility and maximises cost effectiveness.

SafeFleet Telematics also includes an RFID-based identification system to ensure each driver is authorised and in possession of the required licence. Its one-touch panic button enables the driver to alert security teams and to summon support in an emergency. It also allows customers to monitor fuel consumption and other engine metrics to optimise vehicle performance and manage maintenance scheduling.

SmartOne is a plug and play simplex device that allows organisations to monitor and manage fixed and portable assets including shipping containers, transport trailers, construction machinery and vehicle fleets. SmartOne enables customers to track assets and alerts them to any unexpected motion, such as attempts of theft.

Features of SmartOne include high reliability, long battery life and the ability to seamlessly switch between battery and line-power as required. SmartOne uses motion sensors, comparative GPS positions and sensors to gather and transmit asset status information over Globalstar’s satellite network, such as movement and location reports, geo-fencing alerts, stop/start messaging and theft recovery alerts via email or text message. It also transmits battery status, input alarm status and diagnostic information.

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