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SatCollect vs Iridium 2 Stage Dialing vs +1 Access

SatCollect is a unique solution for satellite phone subscribers that redefines how satellite calls are made. It simplifies the process and adds a multitude of valued options to the calling experience resulting in a cost savings system that is easy to use. A traditional phone call to a satellite terminal requires the caller to dial a long satellite number and pay extremely high fees charged by their phone company. If that same caller were to use...
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MCG-101 and emergency communications back up plan

MCG-101 backup communications for emergency relief
September 10 is the peak of hurricane season and if you haven’t already, now is the time to evaluate your disaster preparedness and assure you have considered all plans to their full extent. Studies reveal that more than half of all Americans (approximately 162 million people) live within 50 miles of the coast, and as many as 85 percent of the coastal counties have never experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane. There is no comfortable...
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What is the difference between AIS and a satellite tracking device?

What is the difference between AIS and a satellite tracking device?
Why would I pay for a satellite tracking service when AIS can do it for free? A quick warm up to AIS and comparative notes below. There are specific technologies that are built for specific purposes and they are GREAT at providing the intended service for the intended solution. AIS is a good global generalized picture of assets in the loosest terms possible because it’s not what it was built for. We will get into details how/why/what below....
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What is Iridium Push to Talk PTT?

What is Iridium Push to Talk PTT?
Iridium Push To Talk (PTT) is a newly commercialized service that is extremely useful for the market, but is also not well understood so lets learn a bit about how it all works. To start with, Iridium PTT is not a "Nextel" style of phone where you simply push the "key" button and broadcast a message to your group and then go back to normal telephone calls and SMS. The Iridium PTT phone must be booted into one of two modes when it is powered on,...
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The three main components to a full tracking solution

The three main components to a full tracking solution
There are three main components to a full tracking solution, the hardware, the airtime which includes activation, monthly, and usage fees, and the tracking platform software. These can also be broken into various customer supplied or various vendors for each component as well. You are not required to source every component from the same vendor, for example, you may like specific hardware for its features and another software platform for it's...
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How much does satellite tracking cost & how does it compare to GSM

How much does satellite tracking cost & how does it compare to GSM
You might be surprised at the how differently satellite and GSM terminals operate to remain competitive on airtime. There are applications where the airtime costs are identical to GSM solutions, which are regarded as the lowest cost solution in the industry. Hardware pricing is still more expensive than GSM solutions simply based on the complexity, volume of terminals, and transmission distance and power to the satellite. This does have an...
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Sensors are simple, why are they so complicated to connect?

Sensors are simple, why are they so complicated to connect?
Sensors all have a basic function of measuring something, and they have to output that data in some computer readable format. This is the point where there are so many options and limitations but I will call them "interfaces". The most popular interfaces are digital, analog voltage, analog current, 1-Wire, RS232, RS485, CAN bus, and Bluetooth/ANT. Some of these interfaces can support multiple sensors per connector by daisy chaining or unique...
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Matching a satellite network to your needs

Matching a satellite network to your needs
Lets start on your journey to find the ideal satellite network. Start by reviewing the "Mobile Satellite World" article Here. Each network has it's unique personality so lets review them. Inmarsat Inmarsat is a geostationary network and based on the distance to the satellite, requires a higher gain antenna as well as a larger antenna. Also, there has been limited outside M2M development and integration of Inmarsat technology because of the...
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What is the difference between satellite trackers, GSM trackers, and standalone trackers?

What is the difference between satellite trackers, GSM trackers, and standalone trackers?
There are many ways to determine the position of an asset but we will assume the most common application where a global network of satellite's are used. The current big three networks are GPS, Galileo, and Glonass. To make explaining this easier, we will use the term "GPS" for all three networks as the differentiation is not necessary. The first step in tracking, is determining the location of the device. This requires determining the location...
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Quick Guide To Pick A Tracking Device

Quick Guide To Pick A Tracking Device
A good first step is going through some simple questions to really narrow down your hardware options. There are so many products available how do you possibly choose one? Lets start with the big questions and work backwards. From here you can pick from a short list of devices and really understand the basic features of each option. Are you tracking a person or an asset? Tracking devices made for assets will have features like mounting legs,...
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