Orbcomm has been using machine to machine (M2M) satellite solutions for remote container tracking to great effect. The industry surrounding global automatic identification systems (AIS) is facing a growing demand, with over a 50 percent increase in container tracking system installations being reported over last year, and Orbcomm coming out among the most consolidated vendors. Expecting to better position itself, the AIS and satellite messaging provider is going to take a piggyback ride into space on the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket.
There are already two Orbcomm satellites circling the globe with dedicated AIS systems, but they are about to seem a lot less special once the 17 second-generation satellites currently being constructed by Sierra Nevada Corp. are ready to launch. Every one of the new orbital devices is outfitted with its own AIS system and will promise faster M2M communications. Read More