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Global Satellite Engineering (GSE) creates innovative hardware and software for the satellite communications industry designed to unleash your imagination and give you the ability to solve unique challenges and/or create new opportunities.
Imagine the possibilities when you integrate the smallest, smartest, lightest, scriptable Iridium-based terminal into your project initiatives that require low-bandwidth data connectivity!
The GSatMicro OEM is a fully programmable and customizable Iridium-based communications terminal allowing the creation and modification of scripts to expose custom behaviors and transmit data in a format dictated by your unique requirements. The GSatMicro OEM is the core building block for providing an encrypted, secure, communications channel available anywhere on the globe for both transmitting and receiving data whether on land, in the air, or at sea.
Imagine the possibilities when you are able to perform real-time analysis of data captured out in the field, control other hardware, sensors, or electromechanical components, and so many other vital tasks. Imagine the cost savings to perform critical tasks remotely instead of sending someone on location.
Only a few millimeters thick, the GSatMicro OEM board is equipped with an eLua powered processing engine, Bluetooth module, accelerometer, magnetic compass, I/O ports, GPS Chip and antenna port. This thin yet powerful board is stacked onto the Iridium 9602 modem, Iridium’s next-generation SBD transceiver. Having this robust virtual machine on board the device allows real-time processing of scripts by compiling and executing without any external tools - allowing communication between any and all of the built-in interfaces.
All inclusive, this small “stack” weighs 42.5 grams providing a very small form factor and ease of integration into projects where size, weight, and superior functionality are critical.
Unleash your imagination with this feature rich small form factor design!
GSE’s GSatMicro technology offers you the fundamental basis to create your own unique terminal or integrate into existing IoT installations. The small size and weight gives you ample options to define your own form factors. Having a completely customizable telemetry device with multiple I/O ports, 256-bit AES Encryption, power efficiency, and ability to easily integrate 3rd party devices opens up a world of possibilities!Project Concepts
Here are some examples of what you can do by embedding components of the GSatMicro OEM:
- Create wearable intelligent applications - add sensors for unique analytics. Integrate into body worn suits to monitor heartbeat distress or shock
- Integrated into helmets for location and motion detection
- Monitor biometric parameters
- Monitor relaying waypoints
- Monitor acquisition of mission-critical information in near real-time
- Integrate with onboard electronics on drones or flying assets for remote command and control
- Enable critical remote operations such as remote control of valves and parameter monitoring – think of the Oil & Gas environments
- Track or monitor high value goods or people where power supply is limited – suggested battery performs 800 position reports before the need to recharge the battery
- Connect an external Solar fixture (where applicable) to the GSatMicro for remote locations or where other access to power supply is unavailable.
- Integrate into solutions where high position accuracy is a must along with over the air configuration capabilities
- Wildlife monitoring where weight, dimensions and battery life play a critical role
Here are a few case studies demonstrating GSE’s open source Iridium platform technology providing a solution based around the needs and wants of the customer:
NASA: Open source Iridium platform (GSatMicro OEM) meets the needs of the NASA LDSD project: http://www.gsat.us/community/case-study/open-source-iridium-platform-meets-needs-nasa-ldsd-project
Balloon Tracking in the Stratosphere: http://www.gsat.us/community/case-study/balloon-tracking-stratosphere
Solar-powered Iridium Satellite terminal (GSatMicro OEM) brings savings to the Oil & Gas industry: http://www.gsat.us/community/case-study/solar-powered-iridium-satellite-terminal-brings-savings-oil-gas-industryContact Us
GSE continues to gain an unprecedented reputation for creating versatile products designed for the rapid changes of today’s technology. GSE also offers direct access to engineers that deliver the latest IoT innovations and satellite technology to help assure you uncover insight on your organization’s strategic opportunities. Discovering the optimal solution for sustainable mission success, within the shortest amount of time and budget, requires decisive knowledge of current technology and how to effectively leverage the technology in your best interest. Let us help you imagine your possibilities. Give us a call today at 954.459.4000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The topic for this week’s Hacking Satellite blog should come as no surprise, as I announced it as a topic we would be covering this year, and, as if by some form of prophecy and relevance wizardry, news broke last week that Lyft would begin testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco. Lyft is not the first to offer a self-driving ride system, as Uber launched pilot programs in Tempe and Pittsburgh, but Lyft is the first to offer a program in San Francisco, which is typically the bellwether for tech that will be everywhere within a year, given a successful test. Autonomous cars being “the future of transportation in America” ended a little over 2 years ago, and it is safe to say that 2018 will be the last year for early movers to establish themselves.
The introduction of autonomous vehicles will drive trillions of dollars worth of business and innovation over the next 5 years alone. If that figure seems lofty, consider the fact that the global revenue for smartphone sales in 2017 is already estimated to be $470B, and that doesn’t include revenues from apps or revenues from mobile carrier plan contracts. The trillions of dollars worth of revenues, however, present as an amalgamation of cannibalized revenues (direct relationship to loss of sales in other categories), recapture revenues (direct relationship to increase of sales in other categories), and new revenues (completely unrelated to other categories). One thing is absolutely certain, and that is that business as usual simply cannot be a company’s plan between 2018-2024, or that company will be fighting to survive by 2028, regardless of their direct or indirect relationship to autonomous vehicles.
Much like the smartphone revolution, autonomous cars pose business opportunities for infrastructure providers, equipment manufacturers, accessory producers, innovative engineering firms, agencies, and consulting firms, while simultaneously spawning entirely new sectors within the service and support industries. The birth of an ecosystem of this magnitude will also reprioritize investment dollars from private firms as well as governments, meaning companies must begin considering the ways in which these shifts will affect their operations, sales, and product lines. Identifying the opportunities for your company will help you determine which of the 3 types of revenue you stand to capture or lose (see above) and how to adjust your product strategies accordingly.Opportunities - Infrastructure
Infrastructure development and rollout for autonomous vehicles will occur in two major phases and within two major categories. The first of these phases is almost complete, and it includes the foundation work for viability and use. The second of these phases is that in which most of the non-direct revenues will be generated, and is marked by the move toward optimizing everything for autonomous vehicles. The two major infrastructure categories are physical and digital, as one would expect with a product that is a similar hybrid. Phase 2 physical infrastructure opportunities lie with firms that can help with the development of smarter roadways, fuel/energy sourcing, idling plans, and systems for making it wiser to choose autonomous vehicles to manually-operated counterparts. Late phase 2 physical infrastructure will likely be focused on commercial trucking and public transport, as these will be more difficult to achieve than private passenger. If your company has the ability to pull a chair to the table for any of these solutions, governments and private companies will be sending out RFPs for your services very soon; have your plans in place, and know how you can solve for these needs.
Phase 2 digital infrastructure will support the data ecosystem that will exist between autonomous vehicles and other vehicles, and then between the vehicles and the physical infrastructure mentioned in the previous paragraph, and finally with the equipment, software, service, and support products that will follow. The daily amount of data movement within this ecosystem will rival the daily amount of data exchange on the internet, and there will be plenty of opportunities for companies that can offer storage, networking, data gathering devices or software (road conditions, traffic, logistical algorithms, etc), and a multitude of other data-related products and services to optimize autonomous vehicle efficiency.Opportunities - Service and Support
With the introduction of a new product, there is almost always a subsequent need for service and support, which so many companies are willing and ready to provide. This can manifest in the form of insurance, maintenance, repair, accessories, and enhancements. Customization, personalization, and commercialization, along with a number of “otherations” will surely follow the popularization of autonomous vehicles. For the satellite industry in particular, there will be bountiful opportunities to outfit vehicles with tracking services, recording devices that can transform the cars into mobile content creation engines, and much more.
For the most part, the Service and Support sector will be the source of most recapture revenues created by autonomous vehicles at first, as most companies will be able to leverage their expertise to create new products or service offerings that cater to the needs of the companies or individuals investing in the actual vehicles. The next installment of Hacking Satellite will delve more deeply into the implications that autonomous vehicles ought to have on product roadmaps within the satellite industry, which will be a better way to explore the opportunities available to support and complimentary service providers.Opportunities - Changing Business Models
Another expansion of the industry one can expect from the autonomous vehicle boom is growth related to business services and customer satisfaction capabilities. More companies will be expected to offer better on-demand options, delivery, and mobility as a standard of service, particularly as autonomous vehicles are outfitted with special equipment that transforms them into mobile stores, machines, and tools. The sharing economy and other on-demand purveyors will see an increase in demand because of the reduction in cost associated with no longer needing a vehicle operator, as well as the ability to scale delivery operations in real time, hiring a car only when requested by a consumer.
While the opportunities associated with the vehicles themselves and the companies attempting to leverage their increased capabilities are extensive, it is important to also focus attention on the consumers that will be interacting with these vehicles and their supplementary services. Location tracking for people requesting on-demand products and services will need to improve tremendously, allowing people to make a request, then have the supplier deliver it to them, even if they move. Going into the detailed levels of use cases for B2B and B2C, and then for B2B2C is another segment for the next installment of hacking satellite.Looking forward
It is certain that each and every company within the satellite industry has the ability to grow as a result of the introduction of autonomous vehicles, particularly because satellite, at its core, is a data industry, and autonomous vehicles, as mentioned, will essentially be introducing a data ecosystem whose size is expected to dwarf that of smartphones. Whether your company is best equipped to capitalize on the data collection piece (equipment, sensors, recording devices, and physical infrastructure) or the data movement piece (software, networking, tracking, and connectivity solutions), it will be imperative to your future success that we are all preparing our product roadmaps to meet the emerging needs of companies and consumers over the next 5-10 years. Until the next article in this series, eyes on those rising tides...Receive notifications on your Google Calendar for this article
Tracking providers often highlight their versatility in getting data into their systems by accepting a wide variety of data formats and protocols from a multitude of devices. GSatTrack is no exception to this, allowing one to integrate hundreds of different device types under a single platform. The flip-side, however, to getting data into a singular system is often how one can get data back out of the system in order to integrate with legacy, compliance-related, or supplemental entities or services, in order to perform additional processing or auditing of some kind.
In simpler terms: How can I get my data back out of GSatTrack so I can do something else with it?
This is an aspect that other providers shy away from, often arbitrarily limiting access and export options to keep you locked into their platform. Our approach is different in that we want you to be able to get the most out of the data that you can for your business.
In the simplest cases, GSatTrack offers position and activity reports which support Excel and PDF exporting options. These reports can be run directly on the portal or scheduled to be emailed and are not limited in their export capability.How can I get my data back out of GSatTrack so I can do something else with it?
In cases where an automated approach is desired, or where real-time data is preferred, we offer several options:Real-time position relaying
Forwarding data to a service endpoint of your choice in a format that is easily integrated. We offer several standard formats for pushing real-time data back out to you:
- JSON POST – JSON data is submitted to a service endpoint of your choice via the HTTP POST protocol.
- URL Push – A customizable URL is requested via the HTTP GET protocol.
- NMEA (UDP) – Standard NMEA strings are submitted to an IP address and port of your choice via the UDP protocol.
We offer both live and historic KML feeds that can be polled and queried to export data in this Google-developed XML format. You can also use these feeds directly within Google Earth to view your data on a 3D globe – particularly useful for tracking projects occurring near the North and South Poles, where default maps become highly distorted.Automated Flight Following
Intended for government compliance with aviation tracking, this service can be used to query basic position data based on a date range.Custom Integration
We’re always open to working with you to provide you with a least-effort solution to integrate with your existing systems. We’ve worked with customers to provide all manner of custom integration in cases where one of the solutions above was not a good fit.
If you’re an existing customer and are interested in any of the options above, simply contact us for additional details.
If you’re just joining us, please take a minute to read the introduction to the Hacking Satellite Series at your leisure. GSE is in the process of building an innovation community within the SatCom industry, and we welcome your participation and encourage you to engage with us to move the world forward.
In focusing on the future, GSE has been ramping up its involvement with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, blogs, publications, and enthusiasts. For many of you, exposure to IoT is in your own personal consumer lifestyle with products like Nest, Amazon’s Echo, and Smart TVs. If you’ve noticed a seemingly obsessive relationship between companies and “smart” products, it’s because of the IoT revolution- the next sprint in the longer race to a technologically-enabled “futurist” world known to most as science fiction. It is generating a technology gap between cutting edge devices and cutting edge devices that support connectivity, and that gap is fueling economic growth and billions of dollars of revenue opportunity on a daily basis.
From a business perspective, IoT devices and tech simultaneously present the largest opportunity and greatest threat to the SatCom industry as a whole since the introduction of terrestrial 3G and 4G. As more and more devices reach the point of terrestrial connectivity, the next practical step is the demand for global connectivity. Whereas this demand in the past has been nestled within the specific industries and governmental sectors that necessitate ultra-remote communications, support for all devices anywhere in the world is now a realistic demand for the average consumer. The infrastructure providers of terrestrial networks are doing their best to keep pace with this growth, but satellite redundancy or even routing of certain connections exclusively through satellite makes sense in the near future.
Understanding the IoT is critical to our ability to identify the opportunities that will come from the scenario above, so we’ve pulled together some of the best infographics from around the blogosphere to help you in your quest for IoT enlightenment. What you will learn is that technological advancement is twofold: first, the devices and software become more complex and powerful; capable of doing more in less time; second, the ease of use and intuitiveness of those technologies increases to compensate for mass consumption. You’ll be happy to learn that IoT is already in phase 2, as it is incredibly easy to understand the relationships between the devices, the software, our world, and us.
Quite simply: participants in the IoT sprint are trying to make it so that consumers only need to understand how to operate one thing in order to operate all things.
The History of the IoT, in a simple image. When people joke about getting obsessive to the point of smart toasters being a little too far for the growth of IoT, just tell them that’s where it started.Click to view full image.
We can clearly see the advancement, and with the objectives in mind, it’s a wonder why so many industries have put off investment entirely. If you’re an advocate for technological innovation within your business, and want to make the case for investing time and resources in growth, we encourage you to get involved with us through this blog. If you need a case to present to others to help rally the cause, there are a number of infographics just like this one that can help you explain the need for IoT focused innovation.Click to view full image.
As we know that making the case triggers the amygdala response of most managers and risk advisors, as well as your own customers, we’ve also compiled some information to help you with resistance related to security concerns. Companies are already well aware of the risks associated with connectivity and loosely patched devices providing gateways to one’s entire ecosystem, and they are well ahead of the curve with security measures.Click to view full image.
We may periodically add infographics to this post over time if we find any that will help substantiate a future article or post. Please bookmark this as your reference point for the concepts we introduce in future chapters of the Hacking Satellite blog. There are a number of excellent sources of IoT infographics out there, and we’ll continue scouring those to bring you the ones that will help your understanding the most. Please feel free to direct any further questions about IoT and how your business can get involved with us in moving the entire SatCom industry toward capitalizing on the opportunities and insulating from the threats presented by the IoT sprint. We look forward to hearing from you.
GSE recently showed off its technology at the annual Inmarsat Americas conference, held in Miami Beach. In case you missed us, we wanted to make sure you got the opportunity to experience the demo of one of our solutions for remote asset management capabilities. In the video, GSE Engineer Yanosh Sabo demonstrates the interaction between an asset manager’s UI (controlled by a standard tablet) and a remote PLC that is connected to a valve in the field. Yanosh demonstrates a simple but critical real-time over-the-air operation, which is among the many solutions for oil and gas or other similar industries that require remote asset management capabilities, and remote emergency operations.
Yanosh explains GSE’s end-to-end solution capabilities within the oil, gas, and utilities sectors.
Safari users may view it here: View Video
GSatTrack has dedicated mobile apps for tracking the most popular mobile devices – iOS and Android phones and tablets. Both apps can be downloaded from the appropriate app store – either Google Play or iTunes by simply searching for GSatTrack.
These mobile apps have been published for a while now and allow you to track specific mobile devices on the GSatTrack platform.Past vs Present
What’s new (and interesting!) is that we now support tracking mobile users instead of just mobile devices.
In the past, when you wanted to set up a mobile device for tracking, you would download the app, login with a portal user credential, and follow a series of prompts on the device to register it with the associated account. Now, a portal administrator can create a mobile account and supply a mobile user with credentials to log in to the app instead. Any device using those credentials is automatically linked to the created asset and it will continue to track across multiple installations, or even when swapping devices altogether.Enhance Security. Save costs. Become Efficient.
Managing assets in the field becomes more secure, since no portal login credentials are shared with the user or even stored on the device itself. If your smart device is ever lost and unretrievable, simply sign on to a different device to disable tracking of the old device and secure the account.
Moreover, it reduces portal clutter and licensing costs – a single asset can effectively track multiple devices. This decrease of licenses significantly reduces the cost of multi-device users. Additionally, the cost of merging historical data from old devices to new devices is eliminated from being an expense.
This feature allows administrators to set up tracked assets ahead of time and prevents the headache of managing mobile assets when it comes time for tracked individuals to upgrade their phones or swap devices for whatever reason. Portal operators can take advantage of an organized asset list because they no longer have to rely on the end user naming their asset properly. Tracked individuals don’t even have to request anything from the administrator when changing devices – they simply log into the new device, and tracking continues seamlessly – no additional prompts or communication is necessary.When shouldn’t you use a mobile account?
When your goal is to track a specific piece of hardware and not an individual. If you needed to keep track of the location of the phone, regardless of the person using it, then you would be better served not assigning a mobile account to it and instead have one asset per physical device.How to create a Single Sign On (SSO) mobile account
To setup a mobile account, simply add the user as an asset as you would normally. You can choose Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone as the device type for the user (it doesn’t technically matter – the portal will recognize the actual device type when connected) and you’ll be prompted to enter a Mobile username and password:
You’ll also want to check any assets that you want to show up in the mobile app’s address book for messaging via the Assets tab at the end of the dialog:
Once the asset is set up, the tracked user will then simply enter those same credentials you assigned from within the mobile app. No additional prompts will be necessary to complete; tracking will begin immediately and will be linked to the asset you created with those credentials.
I’m excited to announce a new blog series from GSE, which will focus on the things that everyone loves to do, regardless of their industry. In this blog series, we will be paying attention to those limit-pushing ideas... the cool ones that you talk about to get people excited about Satellite. We feel it is important to constantly engage with the dreamers and visionaries that have a passion for seeing the future become the present more quickly, and while the steps we take daily to improve and progress the technology is certainly worthy of discussion and celebration, it is also critical that we not lose sight of the things that make us excited to work on the kinds of products and services that were only science fiction just a few decades ago.
Every 4th Monday, we will explore questions like “Are we any closer to accomplishing [insert futuristic supertech here] than we were a few years ago?” and “What can we do to accelerate that?” by surveying the advancements of clients, competitors, and other visionaries like you. We will identify opportunities for companies like ours and like yours to innovate, and collectively move the satellite industry toward its maximum potential. We know that when one of us releases new technology, it benefits all of us. The race is good, the competition is good, and our collective progress and the opportunities that exist for all of us to expand our businesses increase manifold when we compete to be the first, best, or most prolific provider of any satellite product. In so many ways, whenever we compete, everyone wins. When we strive to differentiate ourselves to win major contracts for example, specifically with government agencies, the miles we go to win those contracts ultimately benefits everyone with a safer world and more robust infrastructure.
In the spirit of this understanding, we encourage all of you, regardless of your relationship with us, to engage with our hacking satellite blog as extensively as you’d like. Watch for great ideas that you can build, launch, and perfect. We encourage you to actively contribute to group discussions about collaborative initiatives, and, when we hold them, participate in our hackathons. We will also use this blog to announce and provide details about our future hackathon events, so if you’ve been looking for the opportunity to show off your innovative prowess, find partners for your dream projects, or source some excellent ideas, resources, and talent, you will also want to click below to add our release notice to your calendar.
As a preview, here are some of the topics we plan to address this calendar year:
- Autonomous cars and the current and future opportunities they create for satellite
- What exactly are the opportunities?
- How can you leverage these opportunities for your business goals?
- What is the best way to invest and build product roadmaps to capitalize?
- Payments, cryptocurrencies, and the future of interchange
- What is the landscape and how will satellite play a role?
- Is my company in position to pivot?
- What exactly will the RFPs look like for companies like mine?
- Emerging Markets
- Not just what we can create, but how we can get more mileage from existing tech
Please accept this invitation to participate in our satellite “hacker” community. Our goal is to establish a coopertition scenario in which we collectively benefit from the crowd-sourcing of ideas and innovation that we can all push forward with healthy races for market share. Participation in this community will expose new business relationships, networking opportunities, investment opportunities, and potential partnerships. We owe it to ourselves to adapt the ways in which we view and conduct business as the accelerating pace of technological change makes it increasingly difficult for companies to unilaterally pursue advancement. Please connect with us directly, at tradeshows, via email, and on social media. We look forward to hearing from you.Recent notifications on your Google Calendar for this article