NATO deploys IoT Solution from Globalstar

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NATO deploys IoT Solution from Globalstar

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced that scientist from the Science and Technology Organisation of NATO deploys IoT solution using SPOT Trace and Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.

Research teams from the NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) based in La Spezia, Italy, are embedding low-cost SPOT Trace devices in freely drifting buoys and setting them afloat in the Mediterranean and in Arctic waters to monitor surface drift behavior. SPOT Trace tracks the movement of these ‘drifters’ and transmits their position data over Globalstar’s Low-Earth Orbit satellite network.
The CMRE carries out oceanography and ocean acoustics studies as part of innovative and field-tested Science & Technology solutions to address defense and security needs of the NATO Alliance. The data is helping to measure and understand sea currents with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of the changing sea environment and to inform NATO operational planning.
With a requirement to track large quantities of drifters, SPOT Trace’s low device cost and affordable data charges were key factors in NATO’s procurement decision. Buoys are fitted with a 7 x 5 cm SPOT Trace device which includes an integrated GPS receiver, simplex transponder and motion sensor. Thanks to Globalstar’s fast-moving LEO spacecraft and SPOT Trace’s long battery life, research teams benefit from high frequency sampling, up to every five minutes, and more precise, granular tracking than has been possible with other solutions. NATO STO CMRE is conducting studies in the Alboran Sea in the Mediterranean and in the Barent’s Sea, and further into Arctic waters, in Summer 2019.

It is yet another endorsement of SPOT Trace’s flexibility and reliability that NATO chose Globalstar technology to help support its oceanographic research,

commented Gary King, SPOT Regional Sales Manager EMEA at Globalstar.

Our changing environment is affecting all kinds of activity on the seas, and we are glad that Globalstar’s combination of state-of-the-art satellite communications and economical prices are helping achieve the goal of better scientific understanding.

Author: Tim Cole
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