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November 16, 2012

CalAmp Introduces Dual-Mode Location-and-Messaging Device for Mining and Construction Equipment

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

CalAmp Corp. (News - Alert), a provider of wireless products, services and solutions, has unveiled LMU-4520, a new environmentally sealed, dual-mode location-and-messaging device for mining and construction equipment that features both satellite and cellular communications as well as connection to on-board engine control units (ECUs). 

Officials with CalAmp said that the rugged LMU-4520 will enable worldwide monitoring and control of mobile assets in extreme climates and challenging operating conditions.

Initial shipments are slated to start from this month.

According to company officials, the LMU-4520 was designed for deployment in harsh operating conditions. Its sealed enclosure meets IP-67 standards for dust, dirt and moisture. The versatile unit features high-sensitivity GPS for reliable location and tracking, and a low-power, 16G-force accelerometer capable of measuring motion, driver behavior and impact events. 

"With heavy equipment deployed around the globe, locating, monitoring and controlling these mobile assets present an operational challenge to customers in the mining and construction industries. CalAmp's unrivaled ability to combine multiple wireless communications technologies in a single device will allow enterprises to efficiently manage valuable assets, wherever they are deployed," said Greg Gower, senior vice president and general manager of CalAmp's mobile resource management business, in a statement.

Gower said that CalAmp has a rich history of designing wireless equipment to meet the dynamic and environmentally challenging requirements of mobile applications. 

"Our new LMU-4520 is the latest example of how we create reliable, rugged devices that deliver critical data for demanding applications in the toughest environments," he said.

Among the first customers to adapt the LMU4520 to their product line is ZTR Control Systems, who will be releasing the product under the model number M8H. ZTR has expanded and integrated the LMU-4520 capabilities into their inReach solutions. 

Officials with ZTR Control Systems said that the M8H is perfect for off-highway telematics solutions where integration with SAE J1939 equipped engines and controllers on construction and industrial equipment is key to unlocking the value. 

"ZTR has been providing end-to-end remote monitoring solutions in off-highway equipment for 25 years, and we feel the LMU-4520 is an excellent addition to our product line, providing a rugged J1939 integrated solution with multiple communication options," said Michael Tidy, director of business development for ZTR Control Systems.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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